News Update – 12/6/2022!

Hi everyone! If you are new to my site, I thought that I might just offer a little assistance to ensure that you see all the posts. This is not as daft as it may seem. I will explain. When you land on the home page there are only a limited number of posts displayed….

Fed 5 and its Radioactive Industar 61 L/D Lens!

I always attempt to source vintage cameras within the European Union and if possible in Greece so as to save on shipping and Customs duty. It is rare that I find anything in Greece but I have recently sourced a Fed 5 from Athens. It was described as ‘film tested’ and ‘fully functional’. I am…

Voigtländer Vito IIa

I have often heard that vintage Voigtländers are built like Volkswagens. Personally, I think that they are built like a combination of a Volkswagen, Mercedes and Audi! They were built to last; they are very well designed and they ooze quality! Let’s not forget that Voigtländer have been making cameras since 1849 and the company…

Everyone Deserves Some Luck!

I belong to many Facebook photography groups and frequently feel left out when members display their recent finds in flee-markets and charity shops as we have nothing like that in Corfu. I usually resort to auction sites and Facebook Marketplace to enlarge my collection of vintage camera gear. However I think I struck lucky when…

Voigtländer Vitomatic 1a

I could opt for my usual claim to have bought my Voigtländer Vitomatic 1a on a whim but in all honesty, that would not be true. The truth is that I really like Voigtländer cameras! That doesn’t mean that I have a lot of them but what I have, I am very pleased with. My…

Exa IIa – The Baby Exakta

I have lost count of how many times I say that this was another camera bought on a whim! I must confess to having a liking for older Soviet and German cameras. I saw this offered with another identical camera and a third one that came minus the lens. The deal was ‘Get the lens-less…

Fuji GSW 690 Mk III Professional

BackgroundI have had this Fuji GSW 690 Mk III for over two years and can’t think why I have never mentioned it before. I was first introduced to the camera when a friend was visiting Corfu and brought his with him. Foolishly, I accepted an offer to try it out and was smitten with it!…

Flexaret Accessories Have Arrived!

I am truly impressed with my Flexaret VI and as a result I decided to splash out on some accessories for it! One of the unique things about this model is that can also shoot 35mm film and to assist in this endeavour, those clever people at Meopta created a specific tool for the job….

Meopta Flexaret VI

I am not new to twin lens reflex cameras (TLRs) or cameras with waist level view finders such as the KMZ Start, as well as various Praktica and Praktina models. I accept that they are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but once upon a time, the Rolleiflex was the camera to own, especially amongst professional…

Size Isn’t Everything … Or Is It? – UPDATED 29/5/2022

I have been contemplating this post for quite a while and it concerns what film size we choose as film shooters as well as the rapidly increasing cost if the majority of film stock. I was always a 35mm (135) film user until about three years ago when I discovered the Joys of medium format…