The Classic Camera Revival

Welcome to the official FAQ page about the Classic Camera Revival Podcast! We are a group of four crazy photographers from the Greater Toronto Area who love to shoot film and talk about the cameras that we use on a regular basis often giving a personal review of the gear in hopes that if you, the listeners are interested in getting such a camera that it will give you a better understanding on what to expect and maybe a little insight to help you out in your journey! We currently produce a podcast that is released on the last Friday of every month, with a few bonus episodes sprinkled throughout the year!

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Alex Luyckx


Alex Luyckx has been shooting like a madman for a good ten years now, but his interest in cameras as a technology goes much further back but it would be a media english class in highschool that got him seriously thinking about photography. A chance find of a Minolta Hi-Matic 7s at a garage sale and he was off. The Hi-Matic quickly turned into a Minolta SRT-102 and then an X-7a. A chance find of a Minolta DiMAGE Z2 saw his photography change with the digital age. While some people may knock it, Alex embraces it, as it got him the technical know-how about photography from composition to exposure. It would be the arrival of a Nikon F80 and running across the Film Photography Podcast that would see a return to film in a big way. Soon he would be back developing his own black & white film as well as colour, printing in a darkroom. While the Nikon F80 is a thing of the past, he fills his tool kit with a range of Nikon SLRs, a Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, various mid-20th-century rangefinders, and a Crown Graphic rounds out his arsinal.

John Meadows

John Meadows has grown up up with photography as a teenager in the 1970s using a Kodak Brownie camera along with his father's Vito B. The arrival of his first SLR, a Yashica Electro-TL saw his photography expand. Learning the craft of film processing and printing in his Highschool Darkroom and using those skills to help out with his school newspaper and yearbook gave John the foundations he needed to continue on with photography. He would be drawn away from film briefly with a dabbling in digital photography, but the siren song of film would draw him back. A choice to return to film is one he doesn't regret on a single moment. Today John shoots a variety of subjects on a variety of cameras from his favourite TLR, a Rolleiflex 3.5E3 to a Hasselblad 500C/M, not to mention a Bessa Rangefinder and the mightly Nikon F4, their isn't a subject that John doesn't enjoy photographing.


Mike Bitaxi


It started with sneeking off with his father's Canon AE-1 for Mike in 1998, this little bit of rebellion would propel him forward into the world of photography. But oddly enough it wasn't a film camera that he picked up first, it would be a Canon Rebel XS, a digital SLR. Despite his best efforts to get a creative edge and dating a girl who worked for the Toronto Kodak, the digital just did not do it for him. He would try different point-and-shoot digital cameras until his father's Canon AE-1 was bequeathed to him. It was the memory of those early days shooting that would allow everything to fall into place. As both his family and his camera collection grew photography became part of his family dynamic. With his wife and two sons picking up the joy of film photography and the art of photography.

Donna Bitaxi

Donna's journey into photography began well before her interest in it started, as she started working for the Toronto Kodak Plant. But after its closure, the idea stuck a little big. It was actually watching her husband, Mike, interest and needing a hobby she took a chance. She was hooked and has been shooting now four years running. While her first camera was a simple Kodak APS 400IX after getting into the hobby in a little more serious way an Olympus OM2n found its way into her bag. It was soon joined by a Bronica EC, Hasselblad 500C/M, and now even a Cambo 8x10! She even joins her husband in developing her own film!


James Lee


James loves people photography and believes that making connections and friendships built during the interaction of portraiture are the cornerstones to real emotional photography, regardless of the subject matter. James been taking photos since 1987 at the age of 16, like most photographers his age he first started printing black and whites in a darkroom before Photoshop I think that's the part he enjoyed the most and would spend hours in the dark room. About 10 years ago he started specializing in weddings; a genre that he believes is the most challenging aspect of professional photography. James’ passion for film photography was re-ignited after meeting Alex Luycx at the local Milton Camera Club, after building a friendship with Alex, James quickly realized that he suffers from Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS)! James is becoming a part of the film community and is passionate about keeping the purity of film photography alive, and is proud to be part local film photography groups such as the Toronto Film Shooters, and the Classic Camera Revival Podcast. James is member of the Professional Photographers of Canada and he is nationally accredited in Wedding Story James is also a member of Wedding & Portrait Photographers International and has studied with and collaborated with incredible local and international photographers. James passion for portraiture has driven him to dedicate a large portion of his time to educating other photographers and continuing his photography journey, James is also a former photography instructor at Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario.

Bill Smith

Bill Smith has been enamored with photography in his childhood playing with toy cameras before they were cool along with shooting in 127 format film when it was still around. By the time the late 1990s rolled around Bill was working in marketing and one birthday received a Canon Rebel G from mom and dad with a subtle hint he was working too hard. Later on Bill switched to older manual focus cameras, inheriting his dad's Leica M3 and early Nikon F and taught himself how to process black and white film and print in a darkroom. Over the years he collected both 35mm and 120 format cameras with a strong focus on manual focus gear from brands including Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Asahi Pentax, Minolta, Leica, Mamiya and Franke & Heidecke (Rolleiflex) and Hasselblad. Bill shoots mostly black and white and C-41 and likes printing in his darkroom.