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Nikon FG – Week 57 results

I like the FG. I’m not sure why they aren’t more popular. It has full manual settings, yet the addition of aperture priority and program automatic modes make it easy to shoot in almost any conditions. I defeated the handy size of the FG’s body by fitting one of my large zoom lenses and taking…

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Week 58 – Ansco Readyflash

The Ansco Readyflash, circa 1953, is a sheet metal box camera. It uses 620 roll film and takes 8 6×9 images per roll. It features a fixed focus lens with a single speed shutter. The shutter fires any time the button is pressed and does not need to be reset. Film advance is via a…

Minolta 16P – week 55 results

I like the 16P. Of my subminiature collection, it is my favorite so far. My Minolta 16 is completely manual, but the settings are easily disturbed. The 16MG has a coupled selenium meter with a match needle, but there is still no way to know exactly what the camera is doing. You simply align the…

Redemption

For almost 15 years now, I have hated one of our local news gathering organizations. They had a muckraking reputation and an “if it bleeds, it leads” philosophy. I was once on the wrong end of their news gathering efforts, and I felt they were a perfect example of all that is wrong in the…

Bronica update

I haven’t forgotten to post results, I’ve just had a few setbacks. I loved shooting the Bronica S2. The waist-level finder is big and bright, making focus easy. The aperture ring is large and easy to adjust. The sound of the shutter and mirror is fabulous. There was a slight issue with a sticky aperture.…

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Week 57 – Nikon FG

Produced from 1982 to 1984, the FG was Nikon’s entry into the compact SLR market. It features aperture priority and full automatic exposure in addition to manual mode, and it uses all of the standard Nikon lenses. Shutter speed is indicated with a series of LED’s in the viewfinder, showing speeds from 1s to 1/1000.…

Words fail me tonight. . .

My smartphone connects me to any corner of the world at any time.  Usually this is a wonderful thing.  Right now, however, I’m not so sure. This afternoon while I was at my firehouse, we received notification of a 3-alarm fire in Boston.  We logged in to the computer and listened live. We heard the…

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Week 56 – Polaroid One Step

On the heels of the success of the SX-70 instant camera, Polaroid needed a mass market offering. Folding SX-70′s were marvels of technology and beauty, but they cost an arm and a leg. Enter the One Step.  Introduced in 1977, it was a simple rigid-bodied camera using the same integral film technology.  It featured a…

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Voigtlander Bessamatic Deluxe – Week 53 Results

When E6 film is exposed properly, it’s incredible. I didn’t do most of this roll justice. I started out at the Mary’s Firemen for a Cure charity race at Shawnee Peak.  The long shots with bright white backgrounds were difficult. I do love this one taken inside the lodge, but I missed the focus slightly.…

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Week 55 – Minolta 16P

The Minolta 16P is the third variant Minolta’s  16mm subminiature line featured on this blog. (See Minolta 16 and Minolta 16MG.) Produced from 1960 to 1965, it was a budget minded contemporary of the original 16. Unlike its fancier sibling, it does not fold. It has a single, fixed 1/100s shutter speed. Aperture is manually…