A screen shot from CameraQuest. Site navigation is via the yellow box.
My friend Stephen Gandy's cameraquest.com is one of the oldest, best-established, and most fun camera sites on the web. A veteran camera collector, Stephen is widely known for his "Classic Camera Profiles"—pithy, generously-illustrated profiles of fistful upon fistful of classic cameras. A nice representative sample is the one on the Nicca 5L. He specializes in manual, mechanical cameras of roughly the 1940s to '70s (with some outliers), and he likes rangefinder cameras best (his own favorites are Nikon rangefinders, a subject about which his expertise is formidable).
Not as well known is that he's one of the U.S.A.'s biggest factory-authorized Voigtländer dealers. Definitely the guy to go to for any of Voigtländer's many "entry level Leica" products, like the new, compact, optically improved, and altogether delicioso M-mount 28mm ƒ/2 Ultron pictured below.
There's more. Stephen trades in old cameras, too—he'll often buy cameras he profiled on the site, and he's always looking for Nikon rangefinder stuff. And he sells choice collectibles, too. Plus, he's an expert on camera adaptors, many of which he has custom-made.
So many people look at CameraQuest that when Stephen profiles a classic camera it can change the market for that model overnight. But for most of us, let's face it, it's just plain fun looking. In fact, there's so much to look at on CameraQuest that it's probably unfair of me to link to it on a Monday morning!
Featured Comment by Martin Doonan: "I've been a reader for a while. The site conforms closely (apart from the pop-up) to my ideal for a website: lots of information with limited 'design' to get in the way. It was a prime source of info when I was researching my RF purchase. I also like the way Stephen writes—slightly irreverent and cutting through the fan-boy nonsense to get to the heart of what cameras are all about."