Monday, June 17, 2019

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.....

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.....

Press Cameras: A stroll through the early years of press photography

Bob White looks at the earliest days of press photography and describes the sort of gear the professional cameraman would have had in his hands in the first half of the 20th century.

Zorki S: From here to infinity

Camera or matryoshka doll? This Zorki S sets out to impress...

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......

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.....

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.

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.

Pinner Fair: From 1336 to the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14 1:2.8 Pro. Phew.

The Pinner Fair started in 1336 and 680 years later Mike took the Olympus PEN-F and M.Zuiko 7-14mm to meet the descendants. But, as he found out, the fair is more donuts and waltzers than turnips and chickens.

Tessina 35 Spy Camera: From the Berlin Wall to Watergate

Mike discovers a tiny Cold War spy camera that can be worn on the wrist. The Tessina 35 was the smallest 35mm camera ever made and a fine example has come in from the cold at London's Portobello Road market. Read how to spend £500.