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

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

Th Canon AE-1 in Black


This is my Canon AE-1 in black. Back in the 70’s and 80’s black cameras were considered more professional. With a black AE-1 a pro could carry a less expensive body as a 2nd or back up to an F1 or A1 and still have compatibility with lenses, flash, etc. The Canon AE-1 is one of the best selling SLRs of all time. It is shutter priority with and the first with a microprocessor controlled metering that is still considered exceptionally accurate today. If you want a good, all around read more

Bronica SQa Medium Format Film Camera

Meet the Bronica SQa



This is my workhorse film camera the Bronica SQa. When I post contact sheets and the images are square they were shot with this camera. It’s one of the cheaper modular medium format slr cameras out there and one of the few available in 6×6. They were the go-to cameras for middle market wedding photographers for decades and many have a lot if miles on them but refuse to die.

I think the image quality is great. I’ve done 16×20 enlargements negatives from read more

The Pilot 6



Today’s camera from the camera collection is a Pilot 6. Originally I was trawling eBay for a Great Wall 6×6 medium format camera. After doing some research I found out that the Great Wall was an upgraded Chinese version of the German Pilot 6. I did some searches for the Pilot 6 and came across this little guy incorrectly listed as a box camera. It’s actually an early SLR. Needless to say I got it for a song and started acquainting myself with this 1937 wonder. It is hands down read more