A full review of the NIkon FM 35mm film camera. This camera is possibly one of the best cameras to purchase if you're looking for a film camera on a budget.
The facade of the building that I am about to step into has changed greatly in the past twenty years as have the stores contained within this strip mall. The original, 1979 facade, is something that has been permanently recorded to memory though. I first witnessed it in 1987, as a boy, and recall the siding was brown painted wood and the roofing and awnings were dark cedar shingles. Today the facade is hip and modern; a signal to the city that just because this is the suburbs it doesn’t mean we haven’t seen your culture.
For a long time I tried to fill the void with alcohol, an issue that would last until I left Portland. When alcohol no longer numbed the pain I turned to cars, and dumped all of my time, money, and efforts into the garage. When I had finally reached my plateau (read, credit limit) with cars I couldn’t figure out where to turn. I’m the shy quiet type, a man of few words if you will, and for someone like me to receive the blow of such a loss left me speechless as if I had no voice.
Photography is often a challenge, and the only way to succeed is to persist. This article discusses some of the challenges that face both photographers and fisherman.
The Leica M6 is one of the most popular film cameras one can get, and for good reason. While not as classic as the M3, or M4, the M6 is newer, which to many people is better. This review explores the M6 from the inside out and proves why it's one of my favorite film cameras.
The Leica M4 is a difficult camera to review objectively because I love it so much. My particular Leica M4 was built in 1967, and its journey is part of its allure, I think. I've grown as a photographer, not because of the camera, but with the camera.
The Fujifilm GA645 is the camera that I have owned the longest, and the reason for that is pretty simple: it's utility outweighs any reason I could have to sell it. Travel photography, portraiture, adventure photography, it can do it all. See my review after one year with the GA645, here.
Fujifilm's GA645 film camera offers out of this world performance in a lightweight and compact body. It uses 120 film, and creates 6x4.5cm images with a lens that is truly extraordinary. See the full film camera review here.
The Mamiya C330 medium format camera is one of the most versatile 6x6 cameras you can buy. It features a ton of world class lenses, finders, and accessories which make it highly useful and a favorite amongst film photographers. The C330 is particularly unique amongst twin lens reflex cameras in that it has interchangeable lenses. This alone is one reason it's so highly regarded.
The best store to buy a film camera is in the city of Portland. I say this not because it has the best prices on film cameras, or perhaps not even the widest selection, but because of what Bluemoon Camera and Machine represents for photographers.
What are the three worst film cameras? The world has millions of cameras, so this is going to be tough, but a look at my history makes it pretty easy for me to say which of my film cameras were the worst purchases I've made.
The Mamiya 7II is a lightweight medium format rangefinder camera designed for professional use. It delivers large sharp negatives in a very modest package and is excellent for outdoors enthusiasts who shoot film. Read more about the Mamiya 7II and find out about it's similarities with Tenkara, the Japanese form of fly fishing.
For longer than I’ve done anything else in my life I delivered Chinese food. Seriously, it’s true, I’m a master of Moo Shu, the king of Kung Pao, and a Dim Sum diplomat. While fast food jockey isn’t something most people brag about I can’t help but wonder if all of the time I spent in that greasy little dive isn’t somehow responsible for my love of Yokohama’s Chinatown.
Often when I’m out shooting my mind is clouded with this running narrative. I’m rehearsing my first TED talk, daydreaming about starring in some sort of heist film in which Ryan Gosling and I play identical twins, and contemplating lunch all while also trying to find photographs.
In the far north of Japan, way past the concrete jungle of Tokyo, and past the tsunami’s carnage in Tohoku lies another hellish landscape: Osorezan.