The Final EOS Film SLR – Culmination or Capitulation? The Canon EOS 300X Review

2004 was a momentous year for Canon and their rapidly evolving lineup of digital SLR cameras. In the space of 12 months photographers were treated to two incredible professional tools in the shape of the 1D mark II and 1D mark IIn and also the superb enthusiast level 20D (click for reviews). These cameras were … Read more

Canon Zoemini S2 / IVY CLIQ2 Mini Photo Printer and Camera Review

Very recently I tested out two instant print cameras, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 and the Kodak Printomatic. The less said about the Instax the better. The Zink based Printomatic had one or two flaws but wasn’t an inherently bad camera that certainly did enough as a “proof of concept” to make me seek out … Read more

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 V Kodak Printomatic Review – Battle of the Instant Prints

One thing that is so sorely missing from photography in modern times is physical prints. Whilst it is possible to pop to the supermarket and offload photos from your phone or memory card, the quality of those prints are always disappointingly flat and have a nasty habit of fading or glueing themselves to picture frames … Read more

Simply the best of 35mm? The Canon EOS 1N-HS Review

It was inevitable, wasn’t it? Following my first ever experience of 1 series Canon SLR’s in the form of the 1D Mark IIn, I knew I needed to return to my film roots and pick up an EOS 1 film camera. Whenever I shoot digital, I enjoy myself but it almost feels like cheating at … 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

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