Rolleiflex 3.5F

Rolleiflex 3.5F

It all happened in slow motion. The aged leather strap broke unexpectedly in two places. I watched helplessly as the camera fell from my hip to the concrete. "Oh shit!" I heard myself saying, as it bounced, and then bounced again, stopping finally to rest on its side....

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Nikon F3T

Nikon F3T

If ever a camera has achieved iconic status it is the Nikon F3T. Coveted by collectors, used heavily by photojournalists in the 1980s and 90s, the Nikon F3T was easily voted "Camera most likely to be working after having been beat to hell." The first thing you'll...

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Nikon F3HP

Nikon F3HP

Ever faithful, virtually indestructible, I affectionately refer to this camera as "The Tank". I purchased my first F3HP in the early 1980s and it served as my constant companion during deployments aboard the USS Norfolk (SSN-714), the USS America (CV-66), and the USS...

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Voigtlander Bessa L

Voigtlander Bessa L

The Bessa L is an odd fish. It feels cheap and plastic and comes without a view finder. Yet none of these minor issues limit the amount of fun this camera provides. On the plus side it sports a built-in exposure meter, a metal, vertical leaf shutter, and uses...

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