Medium & Large Format Systems

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Jay Abend Posted: Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

This month we close the book on our three part Kiev camera series. If you read Parts 1 and 2, you know that Kiev cameras are made in the Arsenal Factory in Ukraine in the former Soviet Union. Rough-edged cameras reminiscent of old Hasselblad and Pentacon...

Jay Abend Posted: Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

Last month we took a look at the anachronistic Kiev 88 medium format camera. A contemporary camera like the ancient Hasselblad 1000f, the Kiev 88 mostly is thought of as "cheap." If ultimate quality is your goal, look somewhere else. If the...

Tom Fuller Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

After 34 years in the large format arena, I've learned that there are really only two kinds of view cameras. The first, made of elegant hardwood and fitted with fine brass hardware, is the kind we carefully polish and prop up in the office as a conversation piece. The other, made of...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jul 01, 1999 Published: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Evolution is inevitable in all camera formats. The past two or three decades have witnessed a vast degree in sophistication, automation, and electronicization of all types of photo equipment. The Pentax 645N was the first medium format SLR to incorporate...

Dave Howard Posted: Mar 01, 1999 1 comments

The main factor preventing many photographers from buying a panoramic camera has been the $2000 plus price tag. Unless you specialize in panoramas, such a major outlay can be hard to justify. Although a couple of less expensive cameras have been available...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

The recently introduced Pentax 67II medium format SLR camera extensively updates the original model Pentax 67 which was introduced in 1969 by incorporating today's technologies. This resulted in improved performance, excellent maneuverability and...

Jay Abend Posted: Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

The Kiev Chronicles

This is a story I had to do. Like you, I've been seeing those little ads in the back of Shutterbug touting cameras made in the ex-Soviet Union. A whole setup with normal lens, body, two film backs...

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