Episode 13: Nikon History with Michael Wescott Loder

This week’s episode of the Camerosity Podcast is one for the ages.  Michael Wescott Loder, Nikon historian and author of “The Nikon Camera in America 1946-1953”, joins us to discuss a huge number of topics regarding Nikon’s history along with the Zeiss-Ikon Tenax II and a huge number of other…

The Best Rangefinder Showdown: Leica M3 vs Nikon SP

When someone asks the question “What is the ‘best’ 35mm rangefinder ever made?”, a great number of responses will likely include either the Leica M3 or the Nikon SP.  The reason for these two models on the tops of so many people’s lists is that they are both very good…

The Rotoloni Report 5: More Nikon Prototypes

Earlier this year I visited Robert at his home and we had an extensive conversation about Nikon rangefinder prototypes.  I was particularly interested in the Nikon SP2 and SPX as they are fascinating examples of cameras that showed a direction Nippon Kogaku did not continue in.  But as usually happens…

My Favorite SLR Showdown: Nikon EL2 vs Minolta XE-7

Choosing your favorite camera is not an easy task.  Much like parents who have more than one child, picking which one you like better isn’t an easy thing to do.  Thankfully, much like parenting, there’s no reason you can’t have two favorite cameras.  But this is the Internet and people…

The Rotoloni Report 4: Nikon Rangefinder Prototypes

This is the fourth in a series of posts based on personal conversations I’ve had with Mr. Robert Rotoloni, author, Nikon historian, and president of the Nikon Historical Society.  If you’d like to know more, I recommend reading parts 2 and 3 as they cover a tremendous amount about Nippon…

Nikon EL2 (1977)

This is a Nikon EL2, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera produced by Nippon Kogaku K.K. of Tokyo, Japan in 1977.  The Nikon EL2 was a replacement for the earlier Nikkormat EL/ELW from 1972.  Like it’s predecessor, the camera featured a Copal Square electronic shutter with aperture priority automatic exposure,…