Pretending to be a professional – Using the Canon 1D Mark II n in 2022

When Canon released their first DSLR, the D30 in October 2000, things began moving incredibly quickly in the digital imaging space. Canon were playing catch up, most notably to their chief rivals Nikon. The three megapixel D30, whilst a superb digital camera in its own right, was not a professional imaging tool. The D30 auto … Read more

The Yashica LM Review – A true piece of engineering

I’ve recently spent some time restoring and using a few simple box style 120 film cameras in the form of the Ross-Ensign Ful-Vue, Ful-Vue Super and Ilford Envoy (coming soon to a Ravioli themed site near you). The Ensign cameras were designed to mimic the much more expensive Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) style cameras of … Read more

Canon EOS 300V – The Penultimate Throw of the Entry Level Film Dice

It seems almost unbelievable that Canon were still designing and releasing film cameras as late as 2004, a time when the digital revolution was well and truly underway. Only one year later, in 2005, Canon would release the 350D, a camera which continued the legacy of the game changing 300D and went a long way … Read more

Compact, Economical and Brilliant – The Canon Demi EE-17 Review

There is a surprising amount of argument about the origins of the many film sizes that have been produced since the late 1800’s. During the glory years of film photography, new film stocks and sizes were produced at an incredible rate and often just to accommodate a certain design feature or physical size of a … Read more

The greatest value film SLR of all time – The Canon EOS 50 / EOS 55 / Elan II

In 2008 I’d resurrected my interest in film photography and decided it was time to add a Canon EOS camera to compliment the AE-1 Program that I’d been using exclusively to that point. I’d gathered a small collection of EF lenses for use with my 40D such as the 85mm F1.8, 17-40 F4 L and … Read more

There’s a reason this Canon 30D was £24 – Fixing a fungal invasion

Some time in July I searched eBay for Canon DSLR’s and sorted by cheapest first. The top result was a Canon 30D for all of £30. This didn’t seem to make sense, for that money either the seller didn’t really know what they had or it was broken. The listing was indeed “for parts or … Read more

Broken, Battered but Still Firing – The Canon Rebel G / 500N Review

During a recent evening searching Ebay for very cheap Canon film bodies, I came across an auction for an absolutely battered Canon Rebel G. It was looking extremely sorry for itself in the pictures, some parts held together with tape and advertised as “functioning” but for parts or not working. I won the camera for … Read more

Using the 1946 Ensign Ful-Vue Model II 120 film camera in 2022

Not too long back I picked up a Ross-Ensign Ful-Vue Super on a whim from an antiques shop. That particular camera needed extensive restoration and I bought it as a project more than anything to see if I would get anywhere trying to repair and revitalise it. Knowing absolutely nothing about the Ensign company nor … Read more

The 1954 Ross Ensign Ful-Vue Super – Repair and Restoration

Honestly, I don’t mean to do it. I certainly didn’t set out on this particular journey with the intention of doing it. Every time I tell myself that I have enough cameras, enough things to be using, reviewing or repairing, I find something new, completely by accident and it opens up yet another rabbit hole … Read more

Using the first Canon DSLR in 2022 – The 3MP, £30, Canon D30

Before we begin – yes, technically, there had been a Canon digital SLR prior to the D30, but that was a collaboration between Kodak, who supplied the sensor and Canon, who bolted this onto the back of an EOS 1V film body. So not really a DSLR, especially when you take in to account that … Read more