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December 4, 2020
Lester A. Dine 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

This lens review of the Lester A. Dine 105mm f/2.8 applies to more than this lens. The lens was made by Kino Precision in the 1980s and the lens was rebadged and sold under several brand names. Other than some cosmetic differences a Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro review would be identical to this one. That's […]

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November 30, 2020
1° From Ansel Adams, a Pentax Spotmeter V Review

The Pentax Spotmeter V was used by Ansel Adams when he was developing the zone metering system. His fame from his landscapes of Yosemite National Park has cause generations of photographers to search out this light meter. People wanting to emulate Adams often seek out the same tools that he used. This can cause people […]

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November 30, 2020
Konica Minolta Auto Meter VF Review (Kenko KFM-1100)

The Konica Minolta VF is an affordable flash light meter at $100-$150. Taking auto flash readings is the key feature. Earlier meters need PC sync cables, which is nice to avoid. Konica Minolta exited the camera business in 2006. At that time, Kenko took over manufacturing the meters. The meter is still being sold as […]

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November 28, 2020
Pentax K1000 Review - Best Beginner 35mm SLR in 2020?

Outdated when released, the Pentax K1000 is a manual focus 35mm film SLR. It was sold from 1976 until 1997! That's more than 20 years. There was also a Pentax K1000 SE version of the camera. The only change with this model is that a split-prism rangefinder and microprism ring were added to the focusing […]

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November 27, 2020
Vivitar 55mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review [Komine]

There is lots of lore and hype built up around this Komine lens, and it is all deserved. This is the sharpest standard focal length vintage macro lens I have ever used. The Vivitar 55mm f/2.8 macro lens is sharper than the Canon, Nikon, Minolta, and Olympus macro lenses I have tested. Table of Contents […]

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November 25, 2020
The Legendary Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

The Komine made Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 macro is a legendary cult classic because of how sharp it is. From f/5.6 to f/11, the lens is tack sharp with no signs of chromatic aberration or distortion. Out of the 6 90mm to 105mm focal length vintage macro lenses I've tested, the Vivitar 90mm is the sharpest. […]

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November 23, 2020
ImageTech 3D Magic Single Use 35mm Film Camera

The ImageTech 3D Magic single-use camera (disposable) is interesting because it is the only ImageTech camera that has a flash hot shoe. The 3D Magic is also cheaper than all of the other ImageTech camera models with 3 lenses, such as the ImageTech 3D Wizard. I purchased a couple of the disposable cameras to see […]

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November 22, 2020
Nikon PB-4 Bellows - Tilt/Shift for the F-Mount

The Nikon PB-4 is a professional quality bellows released in 1970. It's special because it is the only model with tilt/shift capabilities. By combining perspective control and a bellows lens the Scheimpflug principle can be applied. For macro photography, this provides an additional tool to focus stacking. Nikon’s F-mount is attractive because of how easily […]

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November 21, 2020
Nikon N65 Camera Review - Your Next Nikon Camera?

The Nikon N65 represents the tail end of 35mm film cameras before the transition to digital. That's an advantage if you're looking for a camera with autofocus and all the other bells and whistles. If you haven't used a film camera before, the controls on the N65 are similar to what you would find on […]

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November 19, 2020
ImageTech Trio 3D Camera [35mm Film]

While the 3D Trio camera does not have any mention of ImageTech, the same person or people were likely behind the company. The company listed on the camera box is 3D Image Technology Inc. When comparing the camera packaging to earlier ImageTech cameras, they look very similar with only minor changes. Table of Contents Camera […]

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