Minolta Maxxum 7000 – First Thoughts

Along with the recent acquisition of the Canon T70, I was also given a Minolta Maxxum 7000. I have never been a fan of the 1980’s plastic cameras like this one, but after having used it, I’m starting to change my mind. This camera was introduced in 1985 and was the first camera to use…

Canon T70 – First Thoughts

Several month back, I acquired a Canon T70 with a 200mm lens. That focal length is way outside my comfort zone so I set about trying to find an inexpensive 50mm f/1.8 lens on eBay. After a couple months of waiting and no luck online, a work friend gave me an old Canon AE-1 with…

Altissa Altix V – First Thoughts

I purchased this camera online at the end of November 2017. It was coming from rural Czech Republic and eventually arrived the second week of January. The Altissa Altx V was built in Dresden, Germany in 1954 and has an interchangeable lens mount, although I have yet to see other lenses for it. The view…

Miniature Speed Graphic – First Thoughts

I’m currently in the process of purchasing this camera someone at my camera club. The Miniature Speed Graphic was manufactured between 1939 -1946 and takes sheet film measuring 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4 which is still available online. This model has a spring back, but the previous owner made custom holders to accept 120 roll…

Yashica 44LM – First Thoughts

I was walking through my local antique store a couple weeks back and came across this Yashica 44LM sitting in a cabinet. I normally don’t buy cameras from antique stores, but the price on this one was comparable to ones selling on eBay. The light meter was no longer functioning but that didn’t bother me.…

Holga 120N – First Thoughts

I never believed that I’d own a Holga. Holga began production in Hong Kong in 1982 and ceased production in late 2015. The cheap build quality and plastic lens produce photos that display a heavy vignette, have a soft focus, exhibit light leaks and other distortions. The camera has a shutter speed both 1/100th and…

Kodak 35 Rangerfinder – First Thoughts

While on a visit to our local antique shop, I noticed an interesting looking camera next to some not interesting plastic point and shoots. The price seemed pretty good, (for an antique shop), so I decided to pick it up. Even if it didn’t work, it’s still a neat looking camera for the shelf. This…