When I asked my father what he considered being the best compact analogue camera ever made, he suggested the Rollei 35 and Minox 35. In his spiel he put a lot of emphasis on compact and lens sharpness. After a quick search on the web I could see that he was probably on to something, as the reviews of both cameras were almost unanimously positive and I therefore figured I should give at least one of them a try at some point.
After some years of use, or even from just laying around, the focusing on your rangefinder might be a little off, resulting in unsharp pictures. With only seven simple steps you can calibrate the focusing on your Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII to make it produce tack sharp photos once again. Here is how:
The Olympus XA is a camera designed by the late legend Mr.Yoshihisa Maitani, whom was also responsible for the Olympus PEN and the OM-series. The rumor has it that the XA started off as a personal project for Mr. Maitani, as a direct call to action due to the despair he felt when he missed out on a photo opportunity of a lifetime, because he wasn’t carrying a camera at that critical time. As a result, he designed a minimally sized camera with a clever clamshell design and fast Zuiko f 2.8 lens. This one he could always carry with him …
Many claim that this camera started a massive trend with identically designed rangefinders that came soon after the C35 had entered the market. Coincidentally this was also the first camera that got me really interested in analogue photography, and it is therefore suitable that my first blog post is dedicated to it.