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These articles were written in an attempt to help the novice collector start a collection, use it, and what to do when things go wrong.
Miranda: The Story Behind the Ads
Miranda: The Story Behind the Ads
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, if you were a photographer, you probably heard of a small Japanese company called the Miranda Camera Corporation.  Even if you didn't own a...
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Reinventing the Roll: 120 Film in a Polaroid Highlander
Reinventing the Roll: 120 Film in a Polaroid Highlander
For those of you like me who grew up in the 1980s, you remember the Polaroid instant camera.  Models like the Spectra and the OneStep were common, shooting instant photographs...
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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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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

The most recently added posts to this site.
Keppler’s Vault 2: Ektachrome
Keppler’s Vault 2: Ektachrome
For the past year and a half, film enthusiasts and camera collectors like myself have been reading about a resurgence of film photography.  How the death of film that's been...
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Kodak Baby Brownie Special (1939)
Kodak Baby Brownie Special (1939)
What is it? This is a Baby Brownie Special made by the Eastman Kodak Corporation between the years of 1939 and 1952.  This model was an upgrade from the simpler...
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Keppler’s Vault 1: Shooting the 1952 Olympics
Keppler’s Vault 1: Shooting the 1952 Olympics
I am proud to announce "Keppler's Vault", a new series of posts dedicated to articles published in the 1950s and 60s in Modern Photography magazine. The name Keppler refers to...
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Minolta Hi-Matic E (1971)
Minolta Hi-Matic E (1971)
What is it? This is a Minolta Hi-Matic E 35mm rangefinder camera made by Minolta Camera Co. starting in 1971.  It was one of the last quality Minolta rangefinder cameras with...
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Olympus XA2 (1980)
Olympus XA2 (1980)
What is it? This is an Olympus XA2 scale focus point and shoot 35mm camera made by Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. between the years of 1980 and 1986.  It was a...
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Agat 18K (1988)
Agat 18K (1988)
What is it? This is an Agat 18K half-frame 35mm camera made by BelOMO in their Vilejka factory near Minsk, Belarus between the years of 1988 and 1991.  The Agat 18K...
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Miranda: The Story Behind the Ads
Miranda: The Story Behind the Ads
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, if you were a photographer, you probably heard of a small Japanese company called the Miranda Camera Corporation.  Even if you didn't own a...
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Topcon RE Super (1963)
Topcon RE Super (1963)
What is it? This is the Topcon RE Super 35mm SLR made by Tokyo Kogaku of Japan between the years of 1963 and 1972.  It was a historically significant camera...
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Reinventing the Roll: 120 Film in a Polaroid Highlander
Reinventing the Roll: 120 Film in a Polaroid Highlander
For those of you like me who grew up in the 1980s, you remember the Polaroid instant camera.  Models like the Spectra and the OneStep were common, shooting instant photographs...
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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!