Gregory Gross


Classic Photography Gear

Casual Photophile: an excellent website with lots of thoughtful and very well written articles about classic photography gear. a wide-ranging source of reference information that was very useful when I was doing my research for my Questar history.

Camera Manual Library: do you have a classic camera but lack the instruction manual that would have accompanied it? You’ll find more camera manuals at this website, which is maintained by Michael Butkus, Jr., than you can shake a stick at.

Learn Camera Repair: feel emboldened to disassemble your classic camera? This website has tons of service manuals and useful tutorials. a great resource for lots of vintage cameras.

Praktina Cameras

The Praktina System: a website by Alberto Taccheo dedicated to a trailblazing yet underappreciated system camera. Includes a page on my very own Questar-modified Praktina FX camera—thanks Alberto!

Nikon Cameras

Nikon History as presented by the company itself.

Nikon Rangefinder Film Cameras (1948 - 2005): useful overview of Nikon rangefinder cameras.

Nikon F Collection and Typology: an incredibly useful website by Richard de Stoutz featuring his equally incredible Nikon F collection.

Richard de Stoutz, Matthew Lin, and Pacific Rim Camera all have informative articles on mirror lock-up modified Nikon Fs including the Questar-modified Nikon F.

Carl Zeiss Biotar Lenses

I have a special affinity for this very unique lens.

Carl Zeiss Biotar 58mm f/2 Review at Casual Photophile.

Carl Zeiss Biotar 58mm f/2 full service and lubrication tutorial: I learned how to service my own Biotar lens using this very helpful guide.

Carl Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5 Review at the Phoblographer.


The Complete Photographer by Andreas Feininger (available at although it appeared in the mid-1960s, much of this book is still very relevant even in today’s world of digital photography.

Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long: see my review of this very useful book.

The Street Photographer’s Manual by David Gibson.

The Great LIFE Photographers: a superb collection of the best photography that appeared in this long-running magazine (available at

Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital and 500 Cameras: 170 Years of Photographic Innovation by Todd Gustavson (both require free Internet Archive account to access).

A History of the 35mm Still Camera by Roger Hicks (requires free Internet Archive account to access).

Retro Cameras: The Collector’s Guide to Vintage Film Photography by John Wade (available at

Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos.

Useful Online Guides

Digital Photography Review: I’ve lost many hours of my life ogling photography gear reviews on this website.

A Complete Guide to Editing Photos on Your iPhone by Dan Helyer.

Digital Photo Professional instruction manual by Canon.


Blue Moon Camera: incredible selection of vintage gear and film.

Citizens Photo: where I get my film developed.

MPB: great selection of quality used photography gear. I bought my Canon EOS M50 from MPB.