Opinion: Some of the Best Lenses Aren’t Made in Japan Anymore

Back in the DSLR days, manufacturers like Samyang/Rokinon represented the low end of the lens market. They were all manual focus and, if we are being honest, the build quality was nothing to write home about. The worst part was that buying one of those sometimes felt like a lottery; performance would be inconsistent from one copy to the next. As such, those lenses would only ever be considered by hobbyists on the lower end of the budget. Thankfully, the landscape changed quite a bit in the photography world. Chinese and Korean manufacturers have stepped up their game and are delivering the goods. And the words “Made in Japan” are starting to lose their appeal.

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This Cool Looking Pistol Is Actually a Working Vintage Camera

The Doryu 2-16 Flash Camera Pistol Subminiature Camera is an incredibly curious piece of vintage photo history.

For our vintage series, I do a lot of hunting for particular cameras. And when I saw this Doryu 2-16, I gasped. One could say that this is the perfect clickbait. Others might find it genuinely fascinating. Both guns and cameras can shoot. Some folks have an affinity for both–like photographer Dewey Keithly whom with we’ve previously spoken. The camera can be a far more dangerous weapon. But more than likely, it’s taking pictures of whatever tantalizes us. This Doryu 2-16 listing on eBay is one of the rarer types of fusions.

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This History Behind This WW2 Machine Gun Camera Is Fascinating

For $6,100, you can have this Machine Gun Camera, which is a piece of history.

Our Declassified series has uncovered some fascinating stories about photography and the military. But, the story behind this machine gun camera is unlike anything that we’ve seen. We’ve known about cameras mounted to planes for reconnaissance, however, we didn’t realize that kill confirmations were captured like this. Indeed, that’s what the Konishoruko Rokuoh-Sha Type 89 camera was designed for. When mounted onto a machine gun, it captured footage as it all happened. This is done in some ways today too, but back during World War it was pretty challenging to accomplish. So, how they did it and preserved the film is incredibly smart.

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