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Twenty for Twenty

Keeping to the theme of ‘twenty’, we asked the team at Clocktower Cameras to name their 20 favourite or most memorable items of kit they have sold during their 20 years in the business. Here’s what they came up with…


Canon EOS 5 (also known as the EOS A2)


‘My favourite modern 35mm film SLR (I’ve had four of them).’ – Shaun


Canon IXUS (the original APS model)


Image by ‘Rama’, licensed under Wikimedia Creative Commons

‘Absolutely flew off the shelves when it was released.’ – Shaun


Pentax ME Super


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‘My first proper 35mm film SLR.’ – Shaun


Olympus mju-1


Image by Martin Taylor, licensed under Creative Commons

‘The perfect 35mm compact.’ – Shaun


Contax G1

Contax G1

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‘Gorgeous. Couldn’t afford it when I was younger; now I can, I don’t have the patience.’ – Shaun


Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1 front‘A pleasure to use.’ – Paul


Billingham Hadley camera bag

Billingham-Hadley-Large‘What more do I need to say!’ – Shaun


Fujifilm Fujichrome Velvia 50

fujifilm fujichrome velvia 50‘A fantastic film – superb colours.’ – Paul



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‘Perfect entry into medium format, bought new for £22.99 in 1986… Now £269!’ – Paul


Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 Aspherical lens

Canon FD 55mm f1.2 Aspherical lens

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‘Probably the best lens in the world.’ – Paul


Canon PowerShot S100

Canon S100 front‘Not had a better digital compact.’ – Paul


Hama Variable ND Filters

hama variable nd

‘A game changer in the ND market.’ – Paul


Fujifilm FinePix MX-700


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‘Ooh, the technology. I had one new, £698 – I thought I’d arrived.’ – Shaun


Rolleiflex 3.5 T

Rolleiflex‘Buy a legend, take a masterpiece.’ – The Great Tony Honess


Nikon F3 waist-level finder

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Lusted after one, got one! Did I use it? Guess…’ – Eddy


Olympus OM-707


Image by Tim Williams, licensed under Creative Commons

‘My first AF SLR! The salesman saw me coming!’ – Shaun


Fuji GSW 6×9

299_f69‘Plus punchy slide film = Yummy!’ – Eddy


Nikon FM2

Nikon FM2‘A camera with a soul.’ – Eddy


Nikon F3HP with MD-4 motordrive and 24mm AIS lens


Image by Jim Fisher, licensed under Wikimedia Creative Commons

‘I had an absolutely mint boxed outfit – I wish I’d kept it.’ – Shaun


Canon EOS 6D with 24-105mm L lens

Canon EOS 6D front‘My first full-frame – I can absolutely see the difference.’ – Shaun


Olympus 50mm f/1.2 lens

50mmf12shw‘Bought long ago at Jessops for the f/1.8 price. Ding dong!’ – Eddy


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