Classic Camera Reviews

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Roger W. Hicks  |  Apr 01, 2004  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2000  |  0 comments

The Soviet-made Zorkii 4K is the high point of the Leica screw-compatible Zorkii series. Zorkiis started out similar to Feds, but later became quite different. Feds, in turn, were initially arrant Leica copies but later diverged in their own account.

Jay Abend  |  Mar 01, 2004  |  0 comments

Without a doubt, 1998 was an important year for the digital camera industry. For it was in '98 that the first really good, really usable, really portable digital SLR camera hit the shelves. A joint venture between Japanese camera maker Canon and...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Feb 01, 2004  |  0 comments

Bewildering numbers of folding Retinas were built in Germany at the old Nagel-Werke in Stuttgart, an early Kodak acquisition. The first Type 117 Retina I appeared in 1933, and the last folders were the IB/IIC/IIIC, made from 1957-58 to 1960. Retinettes are...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Jan 01, 2004  |  13 comments

"You don't actually use that thing, do you?" This was a question one reader asked me when he saw a picture of my Kowa/SIX in one of my books or magazine articles (I forget which, now). And the answer is that yes, I do, and increasingly often at that.
The...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Dec 01, 2003  |  0 comments

It's hard not to fall in love with the Baby-Box even before you see the camera itself. If it's in its case, you see the sweetest little saddle-leather box just 31/2x21/5x3". It has a dinky little strap, all of 17" long from end to...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Nov 01, 2003  |  0 comments

There are plenty of people who know (and care) very little about photography, but feel that their dignity requires a camera with a bit of style and elegance. Today, they are spoiled for choice. Automation makes life easy: they can buy any number of...

Tony Sweet  |  Nov 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Xpan II Accessories
Here are three companies that are indispensable in regard to Xpan accessories:
1. The Stock Solution (800-777-2076) for paper Xpan mounts, individual plastic sleeves, and pages.
2. Really Right Stuff...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Oct 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Anyone who reads Shutterbug regularly will know of my enthusiasm for modern Voigtländer cameras. I'm also extremely fond of the postwar Prominent 35mm leaf-shutter rangefinder camera, and I have a great (though guarded) admiration for its prewar 120 namesake, one of the most...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Sep 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Robots are probably the most underrated and underpriced world
class cameras on the used market today. They are built to at least the same standards as Leicas and Contaxes--actually, they're tougher and more reliable--and yet you can...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Aug 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Just hold a Pentax. That was the slogan, 30 and more years ago--and very clever it was. The light, svelte, elegant SV (also sold as the H3V) was so lovely that if you did hold one, you wanted it. Next to its...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Jul 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Mechanical precision has an almost sensual pleasure of its own. Think of the buttery wind-on of a 1950s Leica M3, or the way that the lens panel of an Alpa 12 glides into place, then fits solid as a rock. Recently...

Roger W. Hicks  |  May 01, 2003  |  0 comments

One of the joys of classic cameras, indeed, of classic anything--is the absence of "me-too" design; and the Nikonos II illustrated is about as far from "me too" as you can get.

Roger W. Hicks  |  Apr 01, 2003  |  0 comments

The Bessa-R2C and R2S are both variants on the superb R2. Instead of the Leica bayonet mount of the R2, however, the new cameras have the original 1932-1961 Contax mount (R2C) and the original 1948-1963...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Nov 01, 2002  |  0 comments

Beware: heresy is about to be spoken. It is that you might care to take one of the most sublimely constructed and complex of all mechanical cameras, and butcher it.

The sacrificial victim is a Linhof Technika 70, which entered production (as far as I know) in the early 1960s: certainly...

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