Another Bronica – The Bronica SQ-Ai

Introduction I have had a bit of a love affair with Bronica cameras for many years but it took me until 2019 before I ever owned my first one, an ETRS complete with speed grip and AE II prism finder. Since then, I have acquired a further ETRS body, an assortment of lenses and accessories…

It’s Quiet, Oh So Quiet! -The Minolta A-5

I have had this Minolta A-5 for a little while now but only just got around to testing it. As the title of this article suggests, it is extremely quiet to use and makes an ideal candidate for street photography. I tested it with a short roll of Fomapan 100 bulk film developed in XTOL….

My Argus ‘AF’ – An American Masterpiece?

I must confess to being rather taken with the ‘Art Deco’ period with its simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look. This has previously been reflected in some of my vintage camera collection, specifically in my four Flexaret twin lens reflex cameras. Although they were built in the Art Deco style they were not…

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…

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….

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!…