Author Archives: Russell Viers


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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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