Mamiya Press Super 23 – Frustratingly Good
The Mamiya Press Super 23 is a medium format rangefinder camera designed for the 1960's press. It can be considered an ugly beauty.
Voigtländer Bessa I – Folding it big
The Voigtländer Bessa I is a folding medium format camera, which shoots 6x9 and 6x4.5. I have used it for shooting during coastal walks.
Combinations – Fuji GSW690iii and Kodak Ektar
Combine two classics like the Fuji GSW690III and Kodak Ektar 100 and take them out the Australian countryside. The results are sure to be good.
Kodak Brownie Six-20 Model D – Beauty is box
Box cameras are without a single doubt the longest line of a particular type of camera ever produced. It can be argued that they ran for 140 years, possibly longer depending on how loose the interpretation is. There is even a new one being produced now in 2018! The Kodak Brownie Six-20 Model D is considered one of the more modern box cameras, and as such has been styled to look wonderful, while still aimed at the lower end. It has minimal controls, but with a promised frame size of 6x9cm, it is intriguing to see what quality a simple contraption like this can produce. Other box cameras have been…
Kodak No. 2 Brownie Model E – Photographing outside of the box
There is a saying that a camera is just a light tight box to capture the image. Box cameras are the best example of this, only one step more technologically advanced from a pinhole camera. In the early 1900s Kodak was introducing box cameras in all shapes and sizes for a range of different film sizes. The Kodak No. 2 Brownie thankfully uses one of the more common film formats, and in-fact introduced 120 film to the world, which is still the standard size for medium format photography. Every so often, after using a variety of cameras, it is cathartic to get back to basics and box cameras are perfect…
Kodak No. 1 Pocket Autographic – The Original with EXIF Data
It’s 1926, you want to record details about your photo and don’t want to carry a notebook, enter the Kodak No. 1 Pocket Autographic. It might not be automatically recorded, but considering this was 91 years ago, that is quite progressive. Kodak folding cameras had been introduced just over 30 years earlier in 1895 and had slowly been progressing during that period. The other major line of cameras from Kodak at the time was the box cameras which were very basic. You can read more about one of them here. We owe a lot to both cameras, especially the folding Pocket cameras, which introduced the real concept of not only…
Fuji GSW690III Professional – The Texas Leica
There is a saying that “everything in Texas is bigger”. So, let’s take the svelte Leica M camera, and visualise what it would look like if it came from Texas, but to add a twist, has the build from Japan. We have just described the Fuji GSW690III Professional camera. This is a camera capable of some amazing results, has an extremely sharp lens and is quite mobile. It also shoots big 6×9 negatives with so much detail that suck you into the picture. Not a street shooter, but a great companion for travel photography. Specifically, the GSW690III, is the third generation of a successful line for Fuji, and as per…