My Favorite SLR Showdown: Nikon EL2 vs Minolta XE-7

Choosing your favorite camera is not an easy task.  Much like parents who have more than one child, picking which one you like better isn’t an easy thing to do.  Thankfully, much like parenting, there’s no reason you can’t have two favorite cameras.  But this is the Internet and people …

The Rotoloni Report 4: Nikon Rangefinder Prototypes

This is the fourth in a series of posts based on personal conversations I’ve had with Mr. Robert Rotoloni, author, Nikon historian, and president of the Nikon Historical Society.  If you’d like to know more, I recommend reading parts 2 and 3 as they cover a tremendous amount about Nippon …

Student Camera Showdown: Canon AE-1 Program vs Pentax K1000

Film is back!  Well, sorta.  OK, film never went anywhere, but like vinyl records did in the early 21st century, the steady decrease of film usage seems to have bottomed out and has started to increase again. According to Ilford in an article published in February 2015, 30% of people …

American Camera Showdown: Ektra vs Foton

Here at Mike Eckman dot com, I like to ask the tough questions.  Questions other camera review sites are unwilling or unable to answer. One day, while listening to some Kid Rock, drinking Budweiser, eating McDonalds, and shooting off fireworks, I thought to myself, “Gee, what was the best American …