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

Racing Photoshop – Is my desktop PC broken?

Recently I repaired a fungus infested Canon 30D and during the testing I tried to shoot a “mini planet” panoramic. If you don’t know what that entails, I can recommend the excellent video by Gavin Hoey linked here. In short, you have to shoot three sets of photos that cover the full 360 degree panoramic … Read more

Canon Dial 35 – Attempting to fix an obscure clockwork marvel

In 1963 Canon introduced a rather unusual “sports action” camera called the Dial 35. The dial in the name doesn’t refer to the large knob on the side, rather the plastic ring surrounding the lens which adjusts the amount of light hitting the light sensor. This apparently resembled the popular rotary dial telephone design 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

Sometimes it doesn’t go to plan – Canon T80 and AC 50mm F1.8

The Canon T series of cameras are something of a no mans land in the history of SLR cameras. They came at a time when all of the major manufacturers were transitioning away from manual focus to auto focus whilst simultaneously trying to stuff as many electronics as possible inside. The late 1970’s to early … Read more

Why buy a film camera in 2022 and what is the best first film SLR camera?

Film – dated, outmoded, difficult to use, limited amounts of pictures, expensive and unavailable. Pointless in the age of digital. Right? Wrong. Let me be clear, this article is not about why anyone should abandon digital or prefer one form of photography over another. A balance of formats, styles and approaches will keep your interest … Read more