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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Open a Box of Film on Boxing Day
Dec26

Open a Box of Film on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is traditionally the day after Christmas, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a “Christmas box.” Depending on where you live, Boxing Day is a public holiday that occurs on December 26th, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. One of my new year’s res-olutions is to shoot more film in 2018 (see my post...

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Film Friday: Kodak’s Ektar 100 film
Sep22

Film Friday: Kodak’s Ektar 100 film

Kodak’s Ektar 100 film is designed for pros and advanced amateur film shooters for nature, travel, fashion, and arch-itectural pho-tography where the subject’s emphasis is on detail and color. I tried scanning Ektar 100 with my old (in Internet years) Canon desktop scanner but the film retained a slight curl produced during processing, probably during drying, that made the film holder refuse to hold it and the film fell through the...

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Film Friday: The Konica Hexar RF
Sep15

Film Friday: The Konica Hexar RF

“Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?…The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style.”—Doc Brown in Back to the Future. Konica introduced the Hexar RF rangefinder cameras on October 13, 1999 and at the time was the first new M-mount camera body since the Leica M6 was launched in 1984. Alas this wonderful camera was discontinued October 2003, a victim of the...

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Film Friday:  Gold-trimmed Seagull TLR
Sep08

Film Friday: Gold-trimmed Seagull TLR

“There are a thousand ways to point a camera, but really only one.”—Ernst Lubitsch One of my prized film cameras was a birthday gift from my wife Mary. It’s a gold-trimmed Seagull 4A-107G Limited Collector’s Edition Medium Format TLR. OK, it’s not a Rollei but that didn’t stop Seagull from trying. According to Wikipedia, Seagull Camera Ltd is located in Shanghai and is the oldest camera maker in...

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Wordy Wednesday #451 “Shooting Infrared Film”
Jul26

Wordy Wednesday #451 “Shooting Infrared Film”

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph”—Alfred Stiegletz Or not. Infrared radiation has some of the same properties as visible light. It can be focused and reflected like visible light and can be aligned and even polarized. Infrared film is sensitive to IR radiation, some ultraviolet radiation, and to all wavelengths of visible light but is not as sensitive to green light. Eastman Kodak previously offered a black and...

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Crop Sensor? A Look at Sensor Formats
Jun15

Crop Sensor? A Look at Sensor Formats

For reasons that I fail to understand the term “crop sensor” gets tossed around by people when referring to digital cameras with sensor sizes smaller than the traditional 24x36mm film standard, as if that was the Holy Grail of imaging. It’s not. The first Leica used the 24×36 format but others, including the Olympus Pen used 18x24mm and early Nikon, Minolta and other Japanese rangefinders adopted 24 x 32mm well before 24x36mm was in...

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