Is Film in Your Future?
Dec28

Is Film in Your Future?

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”― Ernst Haas Once upon a time, when photo magazine had travel budgets and could afford to send Contributing Writers, like myself, to the photokina show in Germany, I was sitting in the press room at one of the last film-based trade shows talking with Joe Meehan and several photo magazine editors when he asked, “How...

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Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be
Jan20

Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be

nos·tal·gia,  noun. a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. In one of the early chapters in my forthcoming book about the business of photography, “On Professional Photography, I reminisce about a time that I thought was my most creative that in hindsight seems to have been overly -romanticized.(And yes, the below photograph is me at a car show...

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Film Friday: Zeiss Ikon SW
Oct07

Film Friday: Zeiss Ikon SW

There are few truly magical names in camera design and Carl Zeiss is certainly one of them and conjures up an image of optical perfection with cameras that are built to a standard not a price point. Back in the 1950s when I was dreaming of making photographs with a camera that was more precise, more German, than my Argus C3, Zeiss Ikon cameras were already known for their innovative design, excellent build quality and superb lenses....

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Minolta Prod 20 vs FujiFilm X-100
Sep09

Minolta Prod 20 vs FujiFilm X-100

There’s been lots written about the the Fujifilm X-100, that retro-styled darling of the digital set.  In reviews, I was struck by how this fixed lens camera was often compared to a Leica M9, many times favorably so. I’ll leave it to others to fight that battle but would like to compare the X-100 to a camera I actually own and one that’s perfect for Film Friday—the Minolta Prod 20 that was built in 1989 before...

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