Monthly Archives: February 2011

Olympus XA

While it looks like an APS compact film camera in the mid 90’s or even a digital point-and-shoot today, the Olympus XA is actually a “full frame” 35mm rangefinder camera introduced in 1979! The XA is one of the smallest … Continue reading

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Nikon F-801

The Nikon F-801 (N8008 in North America) is Nikon’s third auto-focus SLR with in-body focus motor (F3AF uses in-lens focus motors).  It is also Nikon’s first semi-pro AF body and the first SLR camera with a 1/8000 seconds shutter in … Continue reading

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Holga 135BC

Holga was originally a 120 roll-film camera designed in the early 80’s for the working class in China to document their daily lives. The original Holga 120S uses 120 film and can either shoot 6×6 or 6×4.5 (with a supplied … Continue reading

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Canon AF35M II

After Konica introduced the world first mass-produced 35mm auto-focus camera (the C35AF), Canon responded with the AF35M (Autoboy in Japan/SureShot in North America) in 1979. Then in 1983, Canon released its successor, AF35M II, which is the camera in the … Continue reading

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Nikon EM

In 1979, only one year after the introduction of the aperture-priority FE, Nikon introduced its first “affordable” SLR system. I use the word “system” instead of just the camera because the EM has its own set of dedicated accessories plus … Continue reading

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Ricoh 500G

Although having the same name, this is not the Ricoh Caplio 500G digital compact from 2007. It is one of the compact 35mm rangefinder from the 70s. These little gems, among them are the more popular Konica C35, Minolta7s and … Continue reading

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Yashica Electro 35 GSN

The Yashica Electro 35 GSN is one of the late models of the Electro 35 rangefinder series with the first model apppeared in 1966. The GSN was introduced in 1973 and is the first in the whole series to include … Continue reading

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