Agfa Silette comes back to life after 50 years

Mike remembers his first proper camera — after a series of hand-me-down Box Brownies and Kodak folders — and how much it cost him....

My first photo, my first camera and a five-hour trek to Goodwood

Most of us can remember our first damera. But how many can think of the first photograph taken with that camera. John takes us back to 1960 and his first outing with the Halina 35X…..

Ilford Witness: How Bolton almost became the Wetzlar of England

This is the story of two Germans, one from Zeiss, the other from Leitz, who escaped Nazi persecution in the mid-1930s and set out to design a Leica-beating camera in Bolton. Yes, Bolton. It's a fascinating story of ingenuity and lost opportunities.....

Kodachrome in its heyday as Big Yellow ponders revival

John found his first-ever roll of film, a series of Kodak Kodachrome taken 57 years ago in 1960. He wonders if Kodak will be reintroducing the film anytime soon......

Bièvres: Europe’s largest open-air photo fair is a magnet for enthusiasts

Now in its 54th year, the massive Bièvres photo fair brings traders from all over Europe and visitors from around the world. If you are into old cameras, this is a weekend to savour.....

Hasselblad 500C resurrects film addiction but cat hairs unwelcome

John gets back into film with the Hasselblad 500C. But the Australian climate and Himalayan cat hairs put paid to the experiment.

Compass: Rangefinder Rubik’s Cube with a whiff of Sodom

The LeCoultre Compass camera, a veritable grande complication of the photographic world was conceived and designed by a rather obnoxious hyphenated lawmaker.....

Photo Fairs: A good old rummage does wonders

In the past couple of years I've become addicted to photo fairs. I will travel miles for a good old rummage...

Casio QV-10: Knight in shining armour at the International Motor Cycle Show

How one of the world's first commercially available digital cameras, the Casio QV-10, came to the rescue of the press office at the 1995 International Motorcycle Show.

The 1940 Super Baldina for nine guineas and red sails in the sunset

The Woolwich Leica story by Mike Evans last week reminded me that I, too, have a copy of The Leica Manual; in my case this is a 1937 edition which I keep on my iPad for reference. And to add a bit of spice to the story, I recently acquired a full set of original user manuals for most Leica LTM and M models.