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Articles

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.
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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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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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.
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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Nikon S2 (1955)
Nikon S2 (1955)
What is it? This is a Nikon S2, a 35mm rangefinder made by Nippon Kogaku of Tokyo, Japan.  The S2 was a significant upgrade to the original Nikon S rangefinder...
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Kodak Retina Ib – Type 018 (1954)
Kodak Retina Ib – Type 018 (1954)
What is it? This is a Kodak Retina Ib - Type 018 camera built by Kodak AG, the German subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1954 and...
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Photavit IV (1947)
Photavit IV (1947)
What is it? This is a Photavit IV 35mm camera made by Photavit-Werk GmbH in Nuremberg, Germany starting in 1947.  The Photavit IV shoots 24mm x 24mm square images on regular 35mm...
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Kodak Vollenda 48 (1937)
Kodak Vollenda 48 (1937)
What is it? This is a Kodak Vollenda 48, a folding camera that shoots 3cm x 4cm images on 127 film.  It was originally made by Nagel Kamera-Werke and later...
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Kowa SET-R (1968)
Kowa SET-R (1968)
What is it? This is a Kowa SET-R single lens reflex 35mm camera made by Kowa Optical Works between the years of 1968 and 1970.  It was the third to...
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Praktina FX (1953)
Praktina FX (1953)
What is it? This is a Praktina FX 35mm single lens reflex camera made by Kamera-Werke Niedersedlitz (KW) between the years of 1953 and 1958.  The Prakina and all of...
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Altissa Altix-nb v2 (1958)
Altissa Altix-nb v2 (1958)
What is it? This is an Altissa Altix-nb 35mm camera made between 1958 and 1960 by VEB Altissa Camera Werk in Dresden, East Germany.  The Altix-nb was the final model in...
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The Cameras of the Dead: The Reboot (aka Part IV)
The Cameras of the Dead: The Reboot (aka Part IV)
The horror genre is known for movie franchises with many sequels, remakes, and reboots.  In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, original horror movies would often spawn a whole series of...
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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!