Cameras and other things

or, "his whole site is just him ranting" -- Medusula

A little collection of technical and opinion articles.


Canon A-1
A legendary 35mm camera from the late 1970s, and my favourite camera ever made.
Canon EOS D30
A long-obsolete, mostly-forgotten 3-megapixel digital SLR.
Canon T50
An ugly, automatic-exposure manual-focus SLR (1983-1989).
Canon T90
Stylistically, the first modern camera (1986).
Fujica ST705
A fully manual M42-mount camera with open-aperture metering.
Fujifilm X100
The camera I desperately wanted to love.
Kiev 88 "Hasselbladski"
A bad Ukrainian Hasselblad copy.
Nikon D1
Nikon's most important camera of the 1990s, and one of the most important cameras ever made.
SUB-ARTICLE: PowerSmart battery for the Nikon D1. Works better than Nikon's own ever did!
Nikon D2H with over 390,000 shutter actuations!
A little celebration of my D2H. Shorter than anything else here.
Nikon D2Hs
A subtly improved D2H.
Nikon D70
Nikon's first cheap digital SLR, from 2004.
Nikon F55
Plastic film SLR from the early-to-mid-2000s.
Nikon bargain digital SLR deathmatch!
D2H vs D200 vs D70 vs D1!
Ancient professional bargain SLR DEATHMATCH!
Nikon D2Hs vs Canon EOS 1D Mark II!
Olympus Trip 35
No batteries required!
SUB-ARTICLE: Focusing the Olympus Trip 35
Pentax ZX-M/MZ-M
The plastic-fantastic miracle. Weighs less than the motordrive for the A-1! I got it for free.
Praktica MTL3
An extremely tough, fully-manual SLR camera. (1978-1984)
Samsung Galaxy S2
Reviewing the camera on 2011's finest Android phone.


Mir-26b 45mm f/3.5
A chunky 45mm lens for the Kiev 88 and friends.
Nikon 18-200mm VR
The most useful lens for cropped-sensor Nikon digital cameras.
Nikon 55-200mm VR
One of Nikon's cheapest telephotos, and an inexplicably good one.
Nikon Series E 70-210mm f/4
A great manual focus Nikon lens.
Pentacon 50mm f/1.8
A 50mm lens for M42 cameras.
Compatibility of M42 lenses with modern camera systems
How useful are your M42 lenses on modern cameras?


Kodak Ektar 100
The best colour negative film for landscapes and stills.
Fuji Neopan 400CN
A great C-41 process black-and-white film.
Tudor colour negative film
I got it free with developing. Holy crap.


Some things that aren't cameras, but are closely related:

Lowepro Nova 1 camera bag
A tiny and entirely excellent little bag.
Nissin 360 TW
A cheap and powerful 1980s flash gun.
Yongnuo RF-600TX and RF-602RX radio remotes
Off-camera flash on the cheap!


Instructional and opinion stuff. Have fun.

Making big prints from ancient low-resolution cameras
How big can you print from a 4.1 megapixel camera? You might be surprised!
Background blur
In which I examine background blur with lots of pretty graphs.
Better product photography, for free!
How to get great product photographs on a budget of nothing.
Everything you've learned from photography websites is wrong
Honestly, most photography websites (and especially gadget websites that talk about cameras from time to time) are wrong about everything.
The £30 macro lens for Canon EOS cameras
In which I tell you why you should hit a teleconverter with a hammer.
"Why are you taking photographs of that?"
Great photographs are never where you expect them to be.
How to get great results from film cameras
I shoot film all the time and there's a lot of people out there who are too young or inexperienced to have shot film for seriously good results, so here you go.
Cheap film cameras
A page of ideas/recommendations for cheap film cameras, for those who want to get into film photography.
The Lytro gimmick
Punching Lytro in the face.