Once upon a time I borrowed a couple of Ricoh GR cameras (one a V, the other an S, I think) from fellow Worcester-dweller and Very Nice Person Hamish ofhttp://www.35mmc.com . And did I see what the fuss was about? Nope.Continue reading “Ricoh GR1 – Admire its purity”
Made in 2002, this is the last Ricoh compact film camera. (And as such is a poignant reminder that we live in a universe so cold that even the most beautiful must die and pass from us. I’m surprised Morrissey hasn’t written a song about it.)Continue reading “Ricoh R10 – PEACE and LOVE”
Did I only buy it because it has ‘Leica’ on it?
It’s a not-particularly-small point and shoot with minimal controls, a short zoom range and a max aperture of f4… why else would anyone buy it?Continue reading “Leica Mini Zoom”
A descendent of the XA2, ancestor of the Mju II (via the AF10); I really like this chunky ’80s camera.
The Olympus AF-1, which was introduced in 1986, earned the nickname “Nurepika” (“Wet Flash”). As the name suggests, it was the world’s first weatherproof fully automatic compact camera. http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/history/camera/popup/auto_af1.htmlContinue reading “Olympus AF1”
A more rounded (literally; no sharp corners) design than the AF1, you may have been fooled into thinking Olympus was on a journey back towards pebble-like XA territory with the AF-10; but no, Olympus compact design was due to go completely tits-up with the Mju II.
A step up from the AF1 is a flash control switch (which resets to auto when you close the clamshell). A step down is the speed of the lens; 3.5 compared to the AF1’s 2.8.Continue reading “Olympus AF-10 Super”