Off the back of the T2 and T3 fame, the Contax TVS Digital has started to (hilariously) climb in price. It's a surprisingly fun shooter, despite its age and lack of megapixels - it's got five! The TVSd is pretty slow to focus, but nails it almost always but it does take a while to write to old ass SD cards. The files it produces aren't terrible though! The JPGs are perfectly usable and are generally pretty sharp. That said though, it's not worth the silly prices it's currently commanding.
Can a “cheap” lens for your Leica be any good? Yes. Is it worth buying? Absolutely! Do I have any screen presence? No.
In this video and write up I (poorly attempt to) check out the now well tested and surprisingly good 7Artisans 35mm by taking a brief walk through Fitzroy, Melbourne and an Abandoned Inner City Petrol Station.
The Ricoh GR is my favourite camera of all time and I'll tell you why.
Took the Bronica RF 645 out for a Medium Format street session in Richmond. I headed to Victoria Street where there's a pretty sweet Vietnamese ex-pat community along the tram line. This video showcases the strength of T-Max 400, it's such a nice fine grain B+W film that I'm really beginning to prefer it over HP5+.
The Contax TVS Digital is a high-end compact camera within the legendary T range and the only digital model of the group. Boasting a massive 1/1.8", 5 Megapixel CCD sensor this little titanium box was one of the last models pumped out of the Kyocera factories sporting the Contax badge. In 2002 I was just barely talking to girls and trying to figure out how to pass my Math classes, so this little Contax was WAAAAY off my radar when it was released.
The near weightless Ricoh R10, produced in collaboration with Elle Magazine in 2002 could be one of the last Ricoh point and shoot fun boxes created.
The little plastic fantastic Olympus OZ-10 or AF-10 Mini kinda looks like an overweight Mju, with a 35mm f4.5 lens rather than the well known 35mm f3.5. To be perfectly honest? It's kinda a piece of junk but at the same time it's also kinda heroic.
The 40mm M-Rokkor lens is a real hidden gem of true Leica pedigree, even if it wears a Minolta badge. It's sharp, it's moody and has a tiny focus throw enabling you to focus with a rangefinder very, very quickly. It's my favourite lens ever!
The Epson R-D1s is the second of the bizarre R-D1 series of cameras from Epson who teamed up with Seiko to produce a true gem and oddity of the camera world.