Camera Gear Doesn’t Need To Be Expensive.

If you have an interest in photography, you likely have an interest in gear. You’ve also likely been disappointed in some of the gear, especially used, that you have bought in the past.

There are lots of techniques and strategies that can save you money when you buy gear. I’ve learned these from years of being a professional online seller. That’s where my interest in photography came from. Good photos sell.

The Buying Guide will help you save money on cameras, lenses, and other gear. You should be able to save enough money to where you can break even when you buy and sell gear.

Picking Out Vintage Lens Winners.

All lenses aren’t equal. Modern lenses will give you images that are razor sharp corner to corner. Vintage lenses can set themselves apart by how they render, the color you can get with them, interesting bokeh, or other characteristics not valued by current photographers.

On the other hand, many vintage lenses just aren’t that good. Their performance may not be good enough to set them apart from other lenses. Worse, as time has gone on some lenses have defects that will render them worthless because of the difficulty in repair.

I’m somewhat indiscriminate in my purchasing of gear, so I get a mix of good, bad, and average. The lens reviews will help you find a lens worth owning.

Nothing Depreciates Faster Than A Camera.

Cameras are the fastest depreciating pieces of photography gear. That’s bad if you buy a new camera. If you buy used, you can get a high-end camera from 10+ years ago for pennies on the dollar.

Being able to use flagship cameras of years gone by is an interesting experience. Medium format in both film and digital become obtainable for non-professional uses. Or owning many cameras is remarkably affordable.

The camera reviews section showcases all of the cameras I have reviewed. You can also find information on camera manufacturers that are no longer in business.

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An Electronic Manual Focus Camera - the Nikon N6000 (F-601M)

Nikon N6000 F-601M Film SLR Camera Released in 1990, the Nikon N6000 is a manual focus electronically controlled camera. The body and controls are similar to the Nikon N6006. Not having autofocus means the camera has a split prism focusing screen that you would see in older SLRs. The advantage of this is that manual focusing is easy. Older manual focus F-mount lenses are a joy to use on the camera.

Common Nikon D70 Camera Problems

Nikon D70 DSLR Camera There are several common problems that the Nikon D70 can have. Seeing how the camera is over 15 years old, problems should be expected. Sticky Rubber Grip A common problem with older Nikon cameras is that the rubber coating on the grip and backs of cameras begins to break down. When the rubber breaks down, it becomes sticky. I have written a guide on how to fix a Nikon D70 sticky rubber grip.

How to Fix a Nikon D70 Sticky Rubber Grip

One of the common problems with the Nikon D70, and many older Nikon 35mm SLRs, is the rubber on the grip breaks down and becomes sticky. Unless fixed, the sticky grip makes the camera unusable. The tacky feeling makes the camera uncomfortable to hold and will leave a residue on your hands. 70% Isopropyl Alcohol Worked… I tried half a dozen different chemicals, but the only thing that worked was 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).

How to Rewind and Remove Film from the Nikon N70

The Nikon N70, which was also sold at the Nikon F70 in Europe and other places, needs both film rewind buttons to be pressed to rewind a roll of film. This process can also be used to rewind a roll of film before all the exposures have been used. If you need help with loading film into the camera see this step-by-step guide on how to load film into the Nikon N70.

How to Rewind Film from the Canon Rebel G

Do you need to remove a roll of film before all of the frames have been taken? The process is easy when you know the correct camera settings. If you need help loading film into the Canon Rebel G, I have already created a how to for that. Time needed: 1 minute. To remove a partially exposed roll of film follow these steps: Set the Command Dial to the Film Rewind Icon

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. Camera History 3D Trio 3 Lenses The design of the camera is similar to the three others released under the ImageTech brand, the ImageTech 3D fx, 3D Wizard, and 3D1000.