The Plaubel Makina W67 is regarded as one of the best medium format rangefinders ever made. The Contax G1 is a titanium-clad, Japanese-made marvel that was introduced in 1994 as a high-end electronic rangefinder to compete with Voightlander and Leica, and became host to some of the best camera lenses ever made.
Regardless of whether you buy the G1 or G2, you can be sure that you’re getting one of the absolute best optics systems ever made and a reliable, workhorse 35mm rangefinder. From cameras with multiple lenses to one with a built-in digital projector, these are the most unique digital cameras available.
We’d be remiss if a Nikon 35mm SLR didn’t show up on this list, and the FE is one of our favorites for its combination of reliability, low cost and compact size (especially compared to its F2 and F3 brothers).
The M6 included frame lines for lenses as wide as 28mm — which many rangefinder aficionados clamor for. Leica M6 cameras still sell for a lot of money, and the lenses can rack up an even more costly price tag in the long run.
This Hassy uses 120 film, which trumps 35mm in size and therefore gives you more bokeh, that beautiful blur that you see in so many photos these days.
The Pentax K1000 exuded simplicity and reliability, and was widely used for a very long time. The K1000 has a very vintage appeal about it because of its chrome- and leather-covered body. Most importantly though, this camera launched as one of the most quiet-firing on the market (and we’d even say it continues to hold the title today). They are still highly sought-after but very rare; finding one is quite honestly like snagging a unicorn. The Canon AE-1 is arguably one of the first film cameras to make photography simple and more accessible to the masses. The lens, a 35mm f2, rumor has it, was an exact copy of the Leica 35mm f2 Summicron for M mount cameras without the nosebleed price. Couple this with the quiet shutter and film advance, and you’ve got a load of reasons why the Hexar AF was (and still is) a cult classic. If there is one Instant Film camera that will stand out in the minds of many people, it is the Polaroid SX-70. Sporting leather exteriors trimmed with metal, the camera folds down for compact storage and unfolds easily enough to snap a cat before it can escape (the sneaky bugger).
Rounding out this list is the Canon EOS A2, which was the first camera to have what some photographers still yearn for: eye-controlled autofocus. What's New, NowToday in Gear: August 11, 2016A titanium water bottle, an overachieving glasses case, Olympics-inspired duffels and much more.
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More: DSLR NecessitiesSharp Shooters5 Great Cameras, Field Tested and ReviewedFrom Canon to Sony, with every Leica in between. More: Action CamerasThe Leica M-DIs There an Argument for a $6,000 Digital Camera with No Screen?Merging the convenience of digital photography and the serenity of shooting film. More: Camera AccessoriesTake Better PhotosQuick Essentials for Your DSLRTools for the photographer in pursuit of perfect photos. While the Challenger SRT Hellcat has been out terrorizing the streets of America and beyond for some time now, it’s safe to say that the 707 horsepower muscle car demands to be unleashed on a track. Dodge and SRT have been running the SRT Track Experience ever since 2005 when the first SRT vehicles started rolling off out of the factory and into the hands of enthusiasts, with the idea of providing new owners some time on a road course to get better acclimated with their cars in order to get the most out of these high performance machines. Accordingly, they’ve partnered up with the Bob Bondurant High Performance Racing School to conduct the SRT Track Experience. Since 1968, Bondurant has been teaching tens of thousands of drivers ranging teenagers and military personnel to professional race car drivers in disciplines ranging from evasive maneuvering and car control techniques to high-speed race course driving. For every YouTube video of a Challenger SRT Hellcat dusting a Lamborghini Huracan out there there’s also a story about someone wrapping one around a tree minutes after leaving the dealership or a clip of a guy roasting the tires all the way down the drag strip to a pitiful loss.
Ask any experienced high performance driver what the best way to improve a car’s performance is and they will invariably suggest a driver mod – or in other words, improving your skill behind the wheel before worrying about the ceiling of the car’s capability.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat is just great at being an immensely fun car that’s exceptional in everyday use and still engaging at the track. In different ways, each of these disciplines reinforce high performance driving fundamentals: Using your eyes to point the car where you want it to go (rather than what you want to avoid), understanding handling dynamics based on grip and where the car’s weight is focused during a particular maneuver, applying throttle and braking inputs smoothly, and listening to what the car is telling you through the wheel and elsewhere. In terms of the latter, it’s worth noting that while the rest of the Challenger lineup (including the SRT 392) gets electrically assisted steering, the Hellcat model sticks with a hydraulically assisted unit.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat gets a fair amount of flak from those who haven’t driven it – accusations that it’s a one trick pony that can only go in a straight line. At 4,500 pounds, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is no McLaren, and transitioning between a Viper TA 2.0 and the Challenger between road course lapping sessions serves to drive home the difference between a muscle car and a sports car in terms of size, weight, center of gravity and driving position. Despite having more weight at the nose than ever, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is surprisingly neutral. Make no mistake, the Challenger is big and should never be confused with a purpose-built sports car. However, it’s worth noting that the Bondurant school uses motorsport-style brake pads on all of their cars.
At the end of the day I hopped in a Hellcat for the drive back to the hotel from the Bondurant facility.
If there’s any scenario that can clearly illustrate how driver skill is of paramount importance to performance, it’s the Bondurant Racing School. After a dozen laps and feedback from Bondurant’s instructors, I managed to bring my time down to a 23.18, dropping more than three seconds in the process. That’s something to consider the next time a discrepancy of hundredths of a second in a comparison test between two models puts doubts in your mind about a particular car’s performance prowess – the driver mod counts for a lot more than you might think, and new SRT owners are about learn how to go very fast at Bondurant. Straightforward product reviews, reliable technology news, and tools to navigate the digital world. While you can find flowers for sale all over the streets of Hong Kong, there is a particularly lovely market located in the Mongkok district ofA Kowloon.
With 50+ different flower vendors, theA kaleidoscopicA of botanical colors spills out onto Flower Market Road, Prince Edward Road West, Sai Yee Street, and Yuen Po Street. Luckily for us, Japanese site Bakumatsu Gaido, an online guide to Bakumatsu, the Edo period’s final years (1853-67), is on hand to liven things up with a light-hearted look at the samurai with the best-chiseled features, sharpest dress sense and most awesome photo poses.
In at number 10, the first of our daimyo (powerful feudal lords) is striking an impressive pensive pose. Matsudaira came in at number 13 in Bakumatsu Gaido’s ranking, just missing out on a top ten ranking. Jojiro’s father Ogata Koan was the doctor who brought Western medical knowledge into Japan during the period when it was closed to foreigners.


This adventurous guy went to study abroad in Russia, which might explain the slight hint of smugness adorning his smile in this photo. The only non-Japanese person to make the list, Satow was a British diplomat and translator who played a key role in Anglo-Japanese relations during Bakumatsu (the end of the Edo period). By the end of the Edo period (also called the Tokugawa era), the majority of samurai had become bureaucrats and courtiers, rather than armed fighters. Samurai (and navy admiral) Enomoto sports an excellent mustache, probably acquired during his time studying western technology in Europe. Enter your email address to follow RocketNews24 and receive notifications of new posts by email. While it’s not very portable (with the 110mm lens it weighs over five pounds), it offers convenience and excellent quality.
The camera was produced in the Arsenal Factory in Kiev, Ukraine, and is an excellent alternative to the more expensive Hasselblads (though some models are believed to have been poorly produced during certain years).
There’s a host of lenses available (some of the best examples are made by Schneider) that mount onto lens boards sized specifically for your camera. It’s modeled after the convenience of 35mm cameras, with a similar layout and function. The Fuji GW690II is a rangefinder-style camera, just like the Mamiya, but offers slightly lower-grade optics and a greatly reduced price.
Its beefed-up SLR body weighs more than five pounds and a special-accessory wooden hand grip is pretty much required for hand holding.
Nikon is famous for over-engineering its film SLRs, and the FE is no exception; the alloy body and precision manufacturing mean that even though you’ll be spending less than $100 on the body, you won’t be getting something disposable.
When the Leica M6 appeared, many people thought it was one of the most perfect M cameras ever made. The cameras themselves are designed for documentary and photojournalistic work, and most people don’t reach for lengths beyond 50mm.
Owning one means you’ll have your hands on a piece of history, but history that will last (the handmade German engineering that defines Leica includes precious care and various quality control checks). With a look-down-style viewing screen and a lovely hand crank on the side to advance your film, you’ll have a lot of fun using this baby. Coupled with some of the new Kodak Portra film, which the company designed for scanning, you’ll eventually create an online portfolio to be truly proud of. Many people shot the K1000 for both professional work and for hobby; but even until recently many students sought it because of its affordable price, sturdy body, excellent light meter and small size. Before digital became mainstream, this medium-format beast was in the hands of the creme-de-la-creme of wedding photographers and portrait-shooters.
And if you can find one in perfect working condition with an 80mm f2, 120 back and an AE prism, pony up the Benjamins.
Your parents probably used one to photograph all those embarrassing shots of younger you in your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get-up (way before Michael Bay tried to ruin your childhood).
Besides being so simple your grandma could use it, Canon (and third-party companies) supported it with loads of accessories and lenses. Sprinkle some magical autofocus capabilities onto said lens and attach it to a compact camera body — you’ve got yourself a camera that can live in the inside pocket of your 1968 Vintage Bomber jacket. There’s a very good reason why this cult classic is in the hands of every hipster you know. Using the bright viewfinder, the user can manually focus the lens, and as long as the light meter next to it isn’t blocked, a beautiful piece of vintage analog love is always printed out right on the spot. The film predecessor to the 5D series of cameras earns a place in the revolutionary cameras database for including this feature. While the program has been a success ever since it launched, it recently became clear with the introduction of the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models – along with the incredibly capable fifth generation Viper and other SRT vehicles that have recently seen a substantial leap in capability – that Dodge needed to step things up a bit. Located in Chandler, Arizona, the Bondurant school is a purpose-built facility designed for high performance driver training. Racing icon Bob Bondurant and his roster of instructors – many of which are also highly successful former racers – are on hand to provide their expert tutelage, and that’s particularly reassuring when you’ve got 707 horsepower under the hood, a six speed shifter in hand, and plenty of adrenaline running through your veins. As remarkably easy as these cars are to drive around town, the torrent of horsepower and torque they can dish out on command is something that has to be respected. That notion isn’t lost on the folks from Dodge and Bondurant, so the SRT Track Experience will now include not only road course laps, but skid control, autocross, and crash avoidance training as well. A while ago I asked an SRT engineer about the rationale behind this move, assuming it had something to do with the packaging constraints that the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 introduced into the mix. Make no mistake, the Challenger is big and should never be confused with a purpose-built sports car – that’s the Viper’s wheelhouse. But the truth of the matter is that this car can maintain an extremely fast pace on the track, and do so lap after lap without mechanical hiccups. As has ways been the case with SRT’s muscle coupe, rotation is just a stab of the throttle away, although now with so much more power on tap, ham-fisted inputs aren’t as defensible as they once were. Despite the warm Arizona weather and the near-constant lapping done throughout the day on Bondurant’s road course, none of the Challengers I drove exhibited brake fade at any point – even when I was allowed to chase an instructor car without any other journalist cars in tow to anchor us at a slower pace. While these pads help make the cars even more resistant to brake fade, the tradeoff is that the brakes are far noisier than they would be off the showroom floor. Aside from the livery, brake pads and the tires it rolled on (Pirelli supplies the Hellcat’s factory-installed tires but Goodyear sponsors the Bondurant school and provides Eagle F1s for their training cars), this Hellcat was essentially identical to the ones we had been abusing all day out on the track.
Many performance cars focus their efforts so sharply on a particular metric that it serves as a detriment to the overall enjoyment of the car – an unyielding stiff suspension might be useful on certain track surfaces but it’s invariably unpleasant on public roads, and a small chassis is great for lap times but less so when you need to go to Costco. Rather than chasing mythic lateral g ratings or Nurburgring times, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is just great at being an immensely fun car that’s exceptional in everyday use and still engaging at the track. In the early part of the day, we took a trio of passes around the autocross course, and my best time was a 26.25. That’s an eternity on a course that short, and apparently it put my time on par with a driver who had formerly raced Vipers Cup cars in a semi-pro capacity but had opted to only do the first trio of laps earlier in the day, rather than the additional laps I put in later on. Using the form below, please provide as much detail as possible regarding its intended use; including URLs, size, duration, etc.
Join us after the jump for Japan’s top 10 ikemen (cool, good-looking) samurai, plus a few bonus selections of our own! He’s been coloured in sepia, but we like to imagine he was actually dressed entirely in brown this day. Mizuno has a piercing stare that looks like it could shoot some good laser beams if he’d only been born a few centuries later. In this oddly modern-looking picture, his arms are folded defiantly as he stares down the camera. It’s no wonder photography is bound so deeply to nostalgia, sending us down memory lane to simpler times.


It offers a wide field of view that’s roughly equivalent to a 23mm lens on 135 format. The 75mm 3.5 Lumaxar taking lens is said to have been made in West Germany, and is of the Tessar type, making the optics and quality nearly identical to that of the Rollei. It works great as a studio camera, but can easily make the transition to on-the-go street-style photography. This F2 also works with almost any Nikon lens (we recommend checking compatibility here first) because Nikon has never changed its lens mount. It is small enough to easily fit in a pocket, making it easy to transport and great for capturing candid snapshots.
The TL in its name designates a metered prism viewfinder, though non-metered versions are also available. The G2 revision offers a bigger body, redesigned button layout, a better viewfinder (the G1’s is about as bad as they get) and improved autofocus. The FE was intentionally designed as an advanced enthusiast camera that eschewed electronic gimmicks, so you’ll want to brush up on your aperture and shutter speed knowledge before loading a roll in order to get the most out of it. It became one of the first full M cameras to include a working built-in light meter while keeping the size down (the Leica CL could also attest to this claim, but it lacked the feature set; the Leica M5 included a meter built in, but physically towered over every other M camera made). So when you’re pondering lens options, remember to tell your friends to fix their hair, because you’ll be getting quite close. Voigtlander manufactures some very good and affordable alternatives, though, and they can introduce you into the Leica world. Despite how much fun and experience you’ll accrue, the original design targeted professional work, and Hasselblad’s prices clearly communicate that.
The combo will yield you prints well worth hanging up in your living room after being printed on white glossy aluminum. Pentax still manufactures a number of interesting focal length lenses such as 31mm, 43mm and 71mm — and any Pentax fan will speak volumes on their quality. It mainly shoots in the 6×7 format, though other sizes can be used to capture vast structures and scenes. In the hands of an experienced snapper, it came across as simple to use, had autofocus with lenses as fast as f2 (which is extremely shallow in medium format due to the larger negative size), and could probably knock a thief out cold if one tried stealing it from you. By giving users a full-program auto mode, shooting quite literally turned into a point, focus and shoot process.
Today, you’ll find photographers behind its iconic body for professional work because of the excellent FD mount lenses available, such as the 50mm f1.2.
Today, you can still get film for the camera from the Impossible Project — who have come a far way in developing and improving their formula. The user could use their pupil movements for focus and other features like depth of field preview by simply looking at the top left corner of the viewfinder. As it turns out, that was not the case – Hellcat development started before the rest of the refreshed lineup did, and SRT engineers simply weren’t satisfied with the steering feel and level of feedback provided by the electric racks available at the time. But SRT’s engineers clearly spent a lot of time making this a well-rounded performance vehicle that’s not only easy to drive in the real world and absurdly fast in a straight line, but also highly capable on a road course as well. The new traction control system will certainly save your neck if you decide to ignore physics and get on the throttle too early, and plowing into a corner is certainly still possible since front end grip is ultimately finite. Having previously driven a showroom-stock Challenger SRT Hellcat during lapping sessions at Auto Club Speedway’s sport car course, which includes multiple sections where speeds can exceed 140 miles per hour and are immediately followed by heavy braking sections, I’d say that the standard pads are up to the job in all but the most extreme cases – like the near-constant everyday track use that the cars at Bondurant see – and they’re as quiet as can be, unlike most carbon ceramic setups. But instead of strapping on my helmet, I sunk into the plush leather seats, turned on the AC, cranked up the stereo, and headed out on the highway.
It looks cool, sounds fantastic, it’s comfortable, it’s capable, and it’s even relatively practical on some level – all without any modification whatsoever. In recent years I’ve really found myself drawn to autocrossing because it really allows you to pinpoint areas for improvement in your skill set with more precision than a road course does, so I made a point to revisit the course later in the day when the program had concluded but we still had an hour or so to kill.
It’s no wonder students love to embellish the illustrations in their textbooks with creative graffiti. In fact, with that dashing brown-and-white neckline combo, he looks a bit like that Texas schoolteacher who wore the same outfit every year for forty years! He died tragically young in battle, which adds an extra poignancy to his thoughtful-looking pose. And the backs also rotate to allow you to switch between landscape and portrait orientation without moving the camera or tripod. Pair the F2 with a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens, and you have a street-photography setup ready to take on cities around the globe.
While the Pentacon Six is quite a bit larger than a standard 35mm camera, it’s still comfortable to wear around your neck. The other thing that the Fuji has going for it over the Mamiya is its massive 6 x 9 negatives. The G2 has driven most of the resurgence, and as a result, its body will cost something like $600 instead of the G1’s $100. Combine its rugged simplicity and low cost with nearly universal Nikon F-mount lens compatibility, and you’ve got the perfect camera for diving back into film.
Not only that, but reading the meter became simplistic, as the LED arrows in the viewfinder conveyed the over- or underexposure. These cameras can be very pricy but usually stay under $1,000, which is much more affordable compared to an M-Mount Leica 35mm f2 lens.
But where the road course was something of a novelty for the Challenger in years past, the SRT Hellcat is absolutely a capable dancing partner a the track and will reward good behavior with progressively faster lap times. For many, that sense of history is best captured and enjoyed through a vintage camera, and believe us, there’s no shortage of those on the market.
If you walk in with an earnest interest in vintage cameras and a desire to shoot on film, they’re going to want to help you.
This giant negative size translates to higher-quality images and the ability to print them larger if that’s your jam.
If you’re making the initial journey into film photography, this is the vintage shooter for you. The feature also only worked if you held the camera landscape style — which meant it was perfect for your Grandpa photographing you terrorizing your sister in the backyard. Because of their ubiquity and panzer-esque reliability, they’re still widely used for fashion and studio work while also providing a cheap gateway into oversized film.
Still, the pure technology behind the feature is something that should be rekindled in today’s world.



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