Promaster 2500 PK super, a student camera review

Promaster 2500 PK super, a student camera review

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Here we have another cheap camera review! Starring the Promaster 2500 PK Super. This camera is regarded as a terrific learning camera for beginner photographers or just beginners in film alike. It can be bought for the cheap price of $250-300 new. Even though its not super super cheap you can find WAY and I mean WAY better SLR’s out there for the same price. The performance of this camera isn’t the greatest, it takes a Pentax K mount and the kit lens it comes with is of course not the greatest. The focus of this kit lens is a little bit soft, not a lot of contrast either. All the film used in these was Fuji Velvia 100 Fujichrome,

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Okay okay okay it may not be the WORST lens out there, but it could be better for sure, also you can get a really good Pentax K mount lens and attach it on there obviously upping the quality quite a bit.  Lets get into the other problems with this camera though. The build quality is not the greatest as anyone would imagine, the viewfinder is also not that bright I always have trouble focusing this camera because I can’t see the split image as bright and clear as I do on my Mamiya 645. The metering in the camera however is accurate, it uses TTL metering and goes from ISO 25-3200. This camera also come with double exposure capability though I do not have any examples of this.

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I noticed out of all the landscape shots I have with this camera they look a bit…odd, really soft and just lacking certain things.

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All in all this camera just isn’t for me, however that does not mean it can’t be for you. If you are just starting film photography go ahead and get it, it gets rid of the headache of trying to find the “perfect” lens and body combo. It gets you started on something you may not even enjoy all that much. Just because the lens isn’t of the sharpest quality does not at all mean that you can’t get good shots with it, you can get GREAT shots with any camera just have to have some imagination.

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Lumu IPhone Light meter review

Lumu IPhone Light meter review

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Ahhh now here we have it! An external IPhone light meter! This little device plugs right into the headphone jack of an iPhone, you have to download the Lumu app which then shows Aperture, Shutter speed then ISO you simply use it like a normal light meter, putting it next to your subject or pointing it in the direction of which you are shooting press measure then it shows all the information.

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The light meter it self is very snappy you simply press the button and it does it for every single aperture on that ISO. I have encountered one little issue though after you get used to the app and actually take a photo I noticed it was slightly underexposed you can calibrate it inside the app although it does not really explain how to do it perfectly.

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Using the cameras built in light meter

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These photos are straight from the JPG there has been no editing of any kind in these. The difference is not huge and its nothing too major that a little photoshop can’t fix. The price of this Device is $150 US Dollars. In my opinion it is worth it if you wish to have a small yet useful light meter. Problem is when your phone dies you have no light meter, other light meters batteries last way longer then an iPhone battery will which makes them more reliable.

So i then tried this in direct sunlight, F4 with the Nikon 30-110 lens I must say it REALLY messed up on this one, underexposing it majorly, now could this be user error? it could be! I have only used this a little bit, but imagine I was shooting out of an old TLR and I thought all my images were coming out correctly, when all I’m actually doing is wasting film and money for images that may be unusable!

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The lump always seems to underexpose it and the in camera meters have slightly over exposed this photo, it seems you just have to mess with it a little bit, figure out what you are looking for. If you are using strictly analog I recommend getting a proprietary light meter, however if you shoot mostly digital but film sometimes I strongly recommend this Lumu you can tweak it in the settings if you know how too, another good feature of this is you can measure light intensity in the room at a constant scan rate. For the price though this product isn’t too bad it is way better than spending $400 plus dollars on a light meter if you don’t rely on one all the time. It is pocketable and you can even wear it around your neck with the included necklace.

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If you are thinking about purchasing one of these Id look to see if it will work with your Device, I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and it won’t register even though I have the app. Its made for iPhones more than android devices.

Ricoh FF-90 Review

Ricoh FF-90 Review

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Hey everyone, hope you are all having a great day today! I took the Ricoh FF-90 to the river hoping to get some great shots of people and my group I was with, I got a few but noticed some small issues with this camera, this could easily be that it was a Goodwill camera and had some issues from the owner misusing it. However when this camera does do focus good this camera has pretty well photo quality even though I am using not very good film for this test (just some cheap CVS Kodak film) I may put some Porta 160 in this camera to see how much better it is then update this review with better photos.

My favorite part of this camera over the Contax T2 is it is way quicker, though more cheaply made it still feels great in the hand, when I took this on the river I had to keep it in a small waterproof box attached to my belt loop which wasn’t the most comfortable thing ever but good enough to be able to get some good photos. I could easily and quickly grab it out and take a picture then hurry and put it in before the rapids came. When you place film inside this little camera it automatically winds it and tells you the ISO by it self its practically a fully automatic analog camera which is nice for a point in shoot sometimes.

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The colors on this camera are actually quite nice even with very cheap film about 8 dollars for 3 rolls, if I was to put Porta 160 in here and the camera focused correctly I bet it would be quite superb!

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When these come out they look pretty good, though some where hazing in some spots is noticeable, but now I will show you where there are focus problems.

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This camera has made most of my photos unusable as it did not focus correctly, it either focused really close or behind the subject which is quite…. odd, but when these do come out I enjoy the images this camera gives! I must say for 3 dollars from Goodwill this camera is terrific even if it is a little sketchy but you can’t beat that price! I will be keeping this camera as a backup or carry while hiking kind of camera! Id say if you can find one for under 8 dollars go for it! its a great cheap alternatives to the higher rated point and shoots and isn’t that bad of quality!

Thank you everyone for reading! your views is what keeps me wanting to buy more and do way more reviews!

Epson Perfection V600 great for the price?

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For over a month now I have been wondering, should I get a scanner? Should I spend all that money and potentially not enjoy this at all? Well ill just tell you the old way I was doing it first. After my first roll of film I realized it would be REALLY expensive to get them all scanned at the pro lab 10-15 dollars a roll. So I looked for cheap ways to scan film while keeping good quality for what I was doing. I took my Nikon V1 with 18mm lens propped it on a tripod, took a glass door from a cabinet and a bright led light under with photo paper on top. I would take a picture of each frame and crop it out, this was working great for black and white and medium format however, once I got to color film and especially 35mm format it all went down hill. The contrast was horrible, the colors I tried to fix my self were horrible it was all just not going to work. So I finally splurged and paid the 220 on amazon for the Epson V600 scanner. (http://www.amazon.com/Epson-B11B198011-Perfection-Photo-Scanner/dp/B002OEBMRU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405361179&sr=8-1&keywords=epson+v600)

I must say WOW this is the best 200 dollars I spent on something for film photography since I’ve started, it does medium format and 35mm plus regular scanning as well, its resolution for film scans can be set all the way to 12000 DPI I can not use that resolution as the scans come out in TIF format at a whopping 1Gig each!! Yes 1GIG!

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Here is the Epson open with transparency unit exposed

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Excuse my product shots I have no good way at the moment to do things like this especially a scanner…anyways! The resolution of this scanner is fantastic, it is considered a semi pro model under the Epson V700 which is the professional line but the main reason for not purchasing this is the price jumps and I mean JUMPS this model is only 200-220 dollars while the V700 sky rockets to around 600-700 depending on who you buy it from. Enough talk, lets get to the sample images I will be showing the old way that I was doing it and the new way as well as some new images not on this website which I am not doing the old way..

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I will now show you some holga shots that are color as well, when I did these color photos they were done in full auto mode with NO retouching WHAT SO EVER non at all!

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The rest of these photos will be from the Mamiya 645 I do not have any color film with it yet but the sharpness if fantastic, but before I do that I would like to say one thing that is wrong with this scanner, it only happens on really light photos it can’t see really well but it happens enough to be annoying and obtrusive. The two photos above with the shirts if you notice the first one is a bigger frame, you can see more shirt to the right while the one scanned with Epson is WAY better looking it cut off some of the image because it did not see the shirt on the right side it thought there was nothing there so just cropped it out.

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As you can see these photos are FANTASTIC! WAY better quality out of this scanner so all in all I will be keeping it I love it, its amazing and I think for all you film shooters that don’t have the money to blow 600 on the V700 this is one of the best alternatives I know of, so here are some new photos for you all to enjoy from this great scanner!

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Contax T2, best film point and shoot for the money?

Contax T2, best film point and shoot for the money?

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Ive heard rave comments about this little hefty point and shoot, but from my experience it was very lackluster, when I picked it up to take a shot I felt very broke apart from the photography world, all I had to do was aim, press the shutter and click. The whole point for me using film is to be encased by the manual focus, manual settings and manual winding, if I want everything to be automated ill just go to digital. Anyways lets get to the real reason why I did not enjoy this camera, all I kept hearing about this camera is how great the picture quality was, but when I finally got my finished roll of film I saw nothing awe-inspiring, quite frankly it looked like a cheap camera now this could very well be that something is wrong with the camera, or the film I had.

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So after all I am going to just get rid of this camera and save up for something better, something I can rely on more in the 35mm film range. Maybe a Lecia M6 or Voigtlander Bessa R3.

Mamiya 645 1000s w/ 80mm 2.8

          Mamiya 645 1000s w/ 80mm 2.8

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Ahhh yes the Mamiya 645 medium format camera…I mean beast. This was my first “serious” medium format camera. I have a CDS prism with a 80mm 2.8 lens on this camera, 80mm is about a 50mm equivalent so I figured it was a good starting point. However being someone who is not at ALL used to the split ring focus system (I much prefer the ranger finder found on a Lecia) This was a little difficult to get the hang of, but like all things practice makes perfect and I overcame the struggle, kind of… Anyways the image quality on this beast of a camera is FANTASTIC!!! This camera weighs about 5-7 pounds depending on your lens and viewfinder setup.

Now you may ask, why did you pick the 1000s over the new Super or Pro models? well one simple reason. I was SUPER close to ordering the Mamiya 645 Super with a auto winding grip but with a little bit of homework MANY people said the crank or the shutter broke on the Super and Pro because those cameras weren’t built to the quality of the original all metal Mamiya 645 and the 1000s Plus you can order a deluxe grip with shutter for the 1000s for only about 20 – 30 dollars. Anyways lets get to the photos!

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This camera I was planning to use as a street photography medium format setup, but was put off by the weight, however this camera is a AMAZING portrait and landscape camera. The lenses are fairly cheap I paid maybe 100 dollars for this lens and the whole camera set up, under 300 dollars!!! YES under 300 dollars!

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So that is it for this review, thank you for reading and go pick up your own today!

The Old beast Nikon D2H

The Old beast Nikon D2H

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This was my first “Pro” camera that I ever owned, yes it is old, yes the sensor isn’t of greatest quality and most of all yes it is heavy, more so then most people like to carry. However, for the price it stands at today it’s a suburb buy for what it is, a great introduction to a “Pro” body. After using this camera I have since learned you don’t need a camera like this to get good quality photographs, a mirror less camera is a great alternative the only advantage to these are for sports in my opinion.

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The major con of this camera is the low light capability, maybe when this came out it was amazing, but to todays standards this is just plain horrible. Anything above ISO 1600 is almost unusable in my opinion. However if you are looking for a good, cheap, pro DSLR this is the way to go!

Here is a link so you can find some used Nikons! : http://www.keh.com/Camera/format-Digital/system-Nikon-Digital/category-Camera-Bodies?s=1&bcode=DN&ccode=2&cc=2852&r=WG&f