35mm SLR Film Blog

Our Favourite SLRs...

Our Favourite SLRs...

Pentax Spotmatic There have been many, many column inches, blogs, Instagram posts in praise of this camera. And there have been many people who have owned and loved this camera. So whilst it may not be an original place to start our new series of mini-blogs on our favourite SLRs, the truth is it really is one of our favourites, and it’s the camera that started us on our journey into the wonderful world of film. The Spotmatic was born in 1964. It was largely modelled on Pentax’s previous SLRs….but with one huge difference. It was the first SLR to...

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The Best Beginner Films Available Today - Analogue Wonderland Guest Blog

The Best Beginner Films Available Today - Analogue Wonderland Guest Blog

It is no secret that there is an ongoing surge in the number of photographers discovering film for the first time. And we are often asked at Analogue Wonderland what films should people use to begin their analogue explorations. And of course there is not a simple answer! With nearly 200 films being made fresh around the world and available to buy from our store, the choice is extensive and all of them can be quickly learned by a beginner to create fantastic photos. But by making a couple of small decisions early on we can narrow down that range...

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History Makers: Pentax ME – A helping hand…..1976

History Makers: Pentax ME – A helping hand…..1976

With cameras getting smaller, lighter and generally more affordable, they were becoming more common in households throughout the world. Aperture Priority (or “Av”) options were become widely available and by the mid-70s there were far more cameras offering this as an option than there were manual only cameras. Pentax decided to take things a step further. In 1976 they realised the Pentax ME, which was the world’s first Aperture Priority only camera. You didn’t even have to set the camera Av mode, because there simply wasn’t a manual mode and Av was the mode! Obviously for the enthusiast this wasn’t...

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History Makers: Olympus OM1 – Smaller is better…..1973

History Makers: Olympus OM1 – Smaller is better…..1973

 The Asahi Pentax was such a success back in the late 50s, that nobody bothered to question whether SLR cameras could be designed in an even better way. That is, until Olympus took a fresh look at things…. The main complaint about cameras before this one came along was their size. They couldn’t fit in even the biggest pocket, and you certainly didn’t want to be lugging one, or more, around your neck all day, not unless you fancied a trip to the chiropractor some time soon!! But, hey, that’s just how cameras have to be built, right? Olympus decided...

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History Makers: Pentax Electro Spotmatic – Aperture priority is born…..1971

History Makers: Pentax Electro Spotmatic – Aperture priority is born…..1971

I know what you’re thinking; are these all going to be Pentax cameras?! Well no, they’re not, but the fact the first 3 are all Pentax tells you just what a trailblazing brand they were, particularly back in the early days of SLR photography. But that’s a whole other article…..   In the 1960s, all SLR cameras were fully manual – the user was in charge of everything the camera did, or didn’t do. The Electro Spotmatic (or “ES” as its often badged) introduced Aperture Priority Mode. This enabled the user to simply decide what aperture they wanted to use,...

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