Tamron Adaptall

Adaptall – Canon FD Dilemma

Tamron Adaptall Issues for Canon FD Mount Back in the used to be Tamron saw a market opportunity.  As the camera wars of the 1970s heated up keen photographers often had a dilemma.  The true cost of photography is seldom the camera body – more usually it’s the cost of the lenses.  A keen amateur […]
High5Cameras Battery Power

Whose got the Power? – A Guide to Classic Film Camera Batteries

A film camera batteries dilemma…. For lovers of old cameras, one of the biggest headaches is finding batteries for powering the electronics. Many classic 35mm SLRs were designed to use the very long lasting Mercury type batteries.  Mercury type batteries had some very attractive properties for camera manufacturers needing a stable power supply for sensitive […]
Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 Lens Repair

Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 / f2.0- Lens Repair Guide

A step by step guide to repairing the underated  Minolta 50mm f1.7   This Minolta MD Lens Repair Guide can also be used for many other short focal length MD series lenses such as the 50mm f2 (which is identical in construction) and the 28mm, 35mm and 45mm MD types.  Most short focal length Rokkors […]
Lens Repair Minolta Rokkor 55mm f1.4

Minolta MC ROKKOR 58mm f1.4 – Lens Repair Guide

This Minolta MC Lens Repair guide can also be used for many other short focal length MC series lenses such as the 55mm f1.7. Most short focal length Rokkors share a very similar construction and while there may be minor differences the essentials will be almost identical. For our guide on Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 […]

Last Place Hero – The Chinon CE-5

Mostly plastic, mainly good was how the Chinon CE-5 camera was described by a review at the time.  Here’s my take on it 40 years after it launched. More forgotten then even the Nikon F-301(which I happen to love)  the Chinon CE-5 is definitely a last place hero though in fact in its day one […]

A life in a lens

MelAug 22, 202110 min read
Life in a lens
A stroll through my cameras I started serious photography back in the halcyon days of 1972.  Back then, serious cameras cost serious money – my first pro SLR was the Olympus OM-1.  To give younger readers an idea of just how expensive this stuff was, my OM-1 cost almost as much as my first car! […]