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The Olympus OM System: A Brief Overview

The Olympus OM System: A Brief Overview

Introduction Olympus’ OM system set the camera world ablaze when it was released. By cleverly combining the best features of compact rangefinders and larger SLRs, the OM series started a chain reaction that miniaturized cameras from all manufacturers. But what makes the OM system so unique? And why does it have such staying power despite only having 4 models and very slight changes to the body style over decades? Nuno and Nico are here to tell you, and share some wisdom about the OM system in general. Keep scrolling for the text version! History Olympus was late to the SLR...

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The Contax / Yashica System: A Brief Overview

The Contax / Yashica System: A Brief Overview

Introduction The Contax name represents quality and excellence in photographic engineering, and has for almost 100 years. The Contax cameras, made by Zeiss Ikon, were pioneers of the 35mm world in the 1930s and 40s, but faded from popularity by the 1960s. Sales were so poor that Zeiss decided to retire the Contax name entirely. However, the name would not stay dead for long. Japanese manufacturer Yashica licensed the name in 1973 in order to introduce a new lineup of lenses and SLRs.  They intended to produce Contax SLRs as premium options and Yashica ones as budget alternatives, with a...

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Top 10 Nikon Film Cameras of 2020

Top 10 Nikon Film Cameras of 2020

A Nikon film camera comes with a badge of quality and utilitarian charm that no other brands can replicate. No matter the age, there's a high chance that it's well-built and deserves to be shot. Even if they're broken, most can be fixed easily and readily. Selecting the "best" Nikon camera would be impossible. Different people have different opinions, and certain situations call for different cameras. That being said, we utilized Google search data to generate this list, just like our list of the Top 10 Film Cameras of 2019 and the expanded Top 35 Film Cameras list. Below is...

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A Leica Shootout: Minilux vs. CM vs. Minilux Zoom

A Leica Shootout: Minilux vs. CM vs. Minilux Zoom

The Leica Minilux, Leica CM, and Leica Minilux Zoom Introduction Leica generally stands alone in the camera world. Others have tried to copy them at times, and some have arguably done better, but no name carries the same weight as Leitz Wetzlar. When Leica made a camera like the Minilux, people took notice. Leica’s offerings in the world of premium compacts, however, are less talked about than their rangefinders. This segment is far more saturated, and cameras like the Contax T2 and Olympus Mju-II have become standouts in recent years. They have skyrocketed in value, bringing the rest of the...

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The Canon FD System: A Brief Overview

The Canon FD System: A Brief Overview

The Canon FD system made them a powerhouse of the photographic industry, and allowed them to become the mass-market champion of cameras. This lens mount features some of the greatest mechanical cameras of all time as well as some innovative auto exposure models. But where should you start your Canon FD journey? What camera should you get, and what lenses to go with it? Watch the video below for some suggestions from Nico and Nuno, or keep scrolling to read the text version. History Pre-FD Canon introduced the FL mount in 1964 after it became clear that their R mount...

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