Yashica Samurai X3.0

The Funky Yashica Samurai Half Frame SLR:

Ok, first a little disclaimer. I started out big into medium format and got into 4×5. Now that I’ve gotten a few years under my belt, the ease and portability of 35mm has become more appealing than it initially was. I’m definitely not giving up my larger stable, but more often I’m reaching for something a little easier. I still have an sweet spot for the big guns.

Then this odd little camera came along. I read about it somewhere and thought I’d try it. I’ve used read more

Canon EOS 620 front view

The workhorse Canon EOS 620

The Canon EOS 620 is a hidden gem. A prosumer workhorse that you can get for extremely reasonable prices.

If you follow my posts you’ll see a trend with where the EOS 620 shows up. When I need something easy, reliable, and good, I grab the EOS 620.

It helps that I have some decent (and some funky) Canon EF (auto-focus) lenses from my wedding photography days. Originally I started with a Elan 7 and a EOS 650. I still have the Elan 7. It’s a decent camera that I still use that warrants read more

How much is this Camera Worth?

If you’re like me you’re the family’s camera guy, photographer, photo man and all things photography related. If so you probably get this question a lot: “I have this XYXYXYX film camera, is it worth anything?” Usually someone standing near by could actually hear your eyes rolling. Most times the answer is “No” and not because you want it. It’s just that the film cameras with the highest production numbers were, with few exceptions, consumer oriented read more

Koni-Omega Rapid 200

The Koni-Omega Rapid



A friend of mine, John Mickevich, posted a picture of a new-to-him Koni-Omega he just received and it made me think I should write up mine. The basics of the camera system is that it’s a 6×7, medium format rangefinder. It has a somewhat unusual dial focusing system, and an extremely unusual film advance and cocking mechanism that’s been likened to a pump action shotgun. This is by no read more

Canon AE-1

The Canon AE-1 Turns 39



The venerable #Canon AE-1 turns 39 this month. It was released in April of 1976.

This is my first actual real camera given to me by my Father sometime in the 1990’s. While it may not be feature packed by today’s standards it took the camera world by storm when it came out and reigned for the better part of a decade.

It’s center weighted averaging light meter is impressively accurate and was “microprocessor controlled.” The first mass market camera with a “computer” read more

What’s in My Bag – Light Weight Photo-Walk Edition


Yesterday me an a couple friends got together for a couple beers and an evening stroll around Carrolton which is in Saginaw County Michigan. There were old schools, store fronts, grain elevators, trains, wheat grass in the sunset, concrete plants, all kinds of stuff to see. I wanted to shoot film mostly and leave the digital to my iPhone 5. This is what I packed to keep it light and easy. Not a whole lot of thought needed for any of these cameras which means your mind can focus more on composition. read more

Konica Big Mini Zoom



Today’s film camera is the Konica Big Mini. I was reading an Ed Templeton interview some time ago and he was talking about the cameras he uses. The Big Mini was towards the end of the list but I was interested. Now he probably meant the 35mm fixed lens version of this camera that usually goes for north of $100. I found this zoom version for south of $25. Takes pretty good pics considering. Haven’t printed read more