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mike eckman dot com

...they still make film!

Featured Guides

These how-to guides were written in an attempt to help the novice collector start a collection, use it, and what to do when things go wrong.
The Outdoor Eight Rule – Metering without a Meter for Beginners
The Outdoor Eight Rule – Metering without a Meter for Beginners
Whether you are new to shooting film or are a grizzled veteran, you've likely heard someone mention a fundamental rule of photography called "The Sunny 16 Rule". The Sunny 16...
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Breathing New Life into Old Cameras
Breathing New Life into Old Cameras
I made my first old camera post in August 2014.  At that time, I had no idea where this hobby would take me.  I already had an interest in digital...
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What Is My Camera Worth?
What Is My Camera Worth?
As a member of the Vintage Camera Collectors group on Facebook, the most common "new member" post is from someone who in one way or another, has acquired an old...
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Mike’s Guide to Buying Old Cameras
Mike’s Guide to Buying Old Cameras
As my collection of old cameras grows, I feel as though I have learned a few things along the way.  There are many sites on the 'net from people like...
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Welcome

Welcome to my site.  My name is Mike Eckman and I’ve been running this site for a few years without any predefined direction for what kind of content would be here.  In late 2014, I had a “re-discovery” of film cameras which took off into directions I never could have imagined.  I grew a collection of film cameras made in nearly every decade of the 20th century and started reviewing them.  Although this site seemed to turn into a vintage photography blog, I am retaining the original intent of this site to be a personal blog.  I plan on continuing to make a variety of vintage camera reviews and other photography related articles, but the site will still be sprinkled with posts covering a variety of other topics.

This entire site is maintained entirely by me and hosted on a custom built Windows 2008 server in the basement of my home in Dyer, IN.  Every review and article was written by me using mostly cameras from my personal collection.  A small number of reviews were written about cameras that were loaned to me by other collectors.  I often source my factual information from other sites on the Internet and I do my best to provide credit wherever I can.  This site generates no ad revenue and what few costs are associated with running it are paid out of my own pocket.

Newest Posts

Everything from the latest vintage camera review, a Keppler's Vault blast from the past, or some other camera related article, it's all here in reverse chronological order.
Keppler’s Vault 9: Argus C3
Keppler’s Vault 9: Argus C3
The Argus C3 is one of those cameras that for American collectors is one you could accidentally collect.  I cannot tell you how many Argus C3s (and their variants like...
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Kodak Motormatic 35 (1960)
Kodak Motormatic 35 (1960)
What is it? This is a Kodak Motormatic 35 camera.  It is an updated version of Kodak's first 35mm auto exposure camera, the Kodak Automatic 35 which was released the...
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Keppler’s Vault 8: Voigtländer Prototypes
Keppler’s Vault 8: Voigtländer Prototypes
What if?  Those two words form a question that has been pondered by almost every person in every industry likely since the first humans walked the Earth.  Early cave men...
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Pentax PC35AF (1982)
Pentax PC35AF (1982)
What is it? This is a Pentax PC35AF, a 35mm compact camera made by the Asahi Optical Co. in Tokyo Japan between the years of 1982 and 1984.  It was...
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Keppler’s Vault 7: Make a Milk Bottle Lens
Keppler’s Vault 7: Make a Milk Bottle Lens
The month of April is the first full month in spring, and is often associated with things like warmer weather, the start of Major League Baseball, Easter (most years), and...
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Canon DL-9000
Canon DL-9000
What is it? This is a Canon DL-9000 Professional 35mm camera made in Japan. The DL-9000 is a top of the line camera boasting well over 30 features that are...
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Zeiss-Ikon Contessa 35 (1950)
Zeiss-Ikon Contessa 35 (1950)
What is it? This is a Contessa 35 (model 533/24), a compact folding 35mm rangefinder camera made in Stuttgart, Germany by Zeiss-Ikon between the years 1950 and 1955.  The Contessa...
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Keppler’s Vault 6: How to Use the Rolleiflex
Keppler’s Vault 6: How to Use the Rolleiflex
It might come as a surprise to those who collect vintage cameras today that not everyone knows how to use a TLR like a Rolleiflex.  With a huge amount of...
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Argus C33 (1959)
Argus C33 (1959)
What is it? This is an Argus C33, a 35mm rangefinder produced by the Argus Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan between the years 1959 and 1961.  The C33 was an...
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Mike Eckman Dot Com

If you would like to contact me about a review on this site, or a question you have about a particular camera, use this form.

I likely won’t have any useful information about a camera if I haven’t already reviewed it.  I only have experience with models in my own personal collection.  I do accept donations, but if you are looking to sell your camera, you’ll get more money by selling it on eBay than I’d likely pay you for it.  I am a notorious cheapskate!