My Nikon FM2n…To Sell, or Not to Sell

To Sell… Mark Sanderson called and told me he decided to sell his Nikon FM2n. “I don’t like the light meter,” he told me. Then the conversation got really focused on the likes and dislikes, ins and outs, movers and shakers, and dos and donts of light meters on old SLR film cameras. It was […]


Maxxum-um Shooting Power for Minnum-um Price Tag

In a moment of curiosity, I wondered “Who made the first auto focus SLR?” A quick internet search popped up the Minolta Maxxum 7000. There are those would would argue the Nikon, Pentax, and Chinon beat them to it, but these three were oddities, overpriced, and very limited in lens selection. Minolta was the first […]


Tale of Two Photographers

“Want to go photograph a Pro Wrestling match Thursday evening?” I asked Sito Colón as I walked into Overland Photo Supply to grab some film. Who could say “no” to that? Well, Sito didn’t.  I gave him the logistics of the deal, that it’s at Kanza Hall in Overland Park, the time, and proceeded to […]


A Dope with an Olympus XA

As I learn to use these film cameras again (okay, any camera) I really think my nick name should be Dopey, Sir Dopalot, or, perhaps, The Dopester. Case in point: I somehow acquired this Olympus XA with an attached A16 flash. Since it came with a bunch of point-and-shoot cameras, I thought it was, as […]


Team M42 and the Leavenworth County Fair

I first learned about the M42 mount from my friend Mark Sanderson. He’s one of those guys who knows cameras. And by “knows,” I mean he knows all about their history, various brands, lenses, bodies, how they all work, film, and more. Mark is a camera junkie who not only shoots, but has a respectable […]


Kodak’s VR35…It’s What a 17-Year Break From Making Cameras Can Be

Author’s Note: While we were all jamming to The Bangles, Kenny Loggins, and Wang Chung, Kodak released its first camera after 17 years. I don’t remember it. But seeing it now, I think it’s loosely based on a 1986 Lincoln Town Car and fits perfectly with the fashion of the times…shooting it while wearing aviators, […]


Double Double

I was driving along and the idea hit me. It was just like in the movies, where a beam of light comes through my sunroof and highlights my head. It was THAT good of an idea. I’m not saying I’m the ONLY person, or even the FIRST person to think of doing this, but, as […]


Elvis the German Homeless Cowboy in Köln

Many years ago, 2009 I think, I had spent the day working in Brussels, then rushed to the train to get to Bregenz, Austria, where I was living at the time. It was a nine-hour ride and I was hungry.  I had to switch trains in Köln, Germany, and had a quick 40 minutes between […]


The Cheap Camera with the Expensive Name – Quickshot X3000

I’ve had this plastic, piece of crap, toy camera laying around for years. I don’t even remember where I got it, but it was in a box, on a dresser, on a shelf, in a box again, back on my shelf again, and then in my hands with film in it. It’s the Quickshot X3000 […]


Toy Camera Fun with the Ansco 1065

Having weirdly enjoyed the experience of the Quickshot X3000, and the rugged feel of plastic in my hands still fresh on my mind, I saw an ad for an Ansco 1065 35mm, complete with wide angle and telephoto lenses, flash, carry case AND user’s manual at a reasonable price, I was all in. I arrived […]








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