Nikon One Touch: A (Budget) Street Photographer's Dream + Bonus Film Lab Review

Nikon One Touch: A (Budget) Street Photographer's Dream + Bonus Film Lab Review

Everyone loves the Nikon L35AF. As far as OG point-and-shoots go, Its one of the most revered for its awesome 35mm F/2.8 lens, and its easily one of the most recognizable point-and-shoots from its era. For whatever reason though, the later L35AF2 and 3, or "One Touch" as they were known on the US market, don't get as much love. After using it though, I think it really shines for one task - street photography. …

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Olympus Stylus Epic/MJU II Zoom 80 Review

Olympus Stylus Epic/MJU II Zoom 80 Review

As far as compacts go, Olympus is known for making many of the best, ranging from the XA to the Stylus Epic. And with the Olympus Stylus Epic gaining cult status, people are becoming more and more interested in its zoom counterparts as well. Most agree that the best of these is the Zoom 80 model. While its range isn't quite as big than the others, this actually results in …

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Leica Mini Review

Please note that this review isn't just me ripping on the Leica mini. If you find one at a good price, by all means buy it and you should be pretty happy. Here's the thing about the Leica Mini though... its a great compact, but it doesn't hold up when compared to the Mini Zoom(in my opinion). The Camera itself is awesome. Its fun to shoot, and feels surprisingly solid for a plastic point and shoot. It also focuses pretty quickly, and as far as automatic film cameras go, its not that loud. Its also significantly smaller than the zoom, so it has that going for it as well.

To me, the problem is the lens. Its actually a really good lens, especially by point-and-shoot standards. But its NOT as good as the mini zoom. The Mini zoom has a lens that is just as sharp, and while you sacrifice half a stop or so at its widest setting, you get much more versatility in a relatively similar package with the mini zoom. The other problem is its lack of control features. While the mini zoom has a variety of modes to choose from, the Mini only has flash settings, like the majority of consumer point and shoots from the time. 

Because of these issues, I consider the Leica Mini to be a dumbed down version of the Leica mini zoom. It does have one feature that I like though, which is that mine tended to slightly overexpose photos by around a stop, making scanning much easier on flatbed scanners like my v600. This could vary from camera to camera though, so take it with a grain of salt. 

All images were shot on full auto mode with Kodak Ultramax 400, and were scanned with an epson v600

Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom DLX - One Roll Review

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This is going to be a real short review, simply because this camera is just too similar to the fixed lens infinity stylus to justify a full-length one. While some zoom compacts are far from their fixed lens counterparts, this one operates just the same, but with a zoom lens. Though the lens isn't quite as good as the fixed version, even at its widest setting, Its IQ is still very good. My only complaint is that it had light leaks even though the O-ring seal was fully intact, but I just wrote it off as a feature of the camera. All photos were shot on auto mode with kodak ultramax 400 film