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:  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 #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film
Mar08

Wordy Wednesday #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film

“Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce. Boys keep chasing girls to get a kiss.”—Sonny Bono As Sonny and Cher used to sing, “The beat goes on” giving me insight into what film photographers must deal with in this digital millennium. Kodak’s Ektar 100 is processed in standard C-41 chemistry and while fewer outlets process 120 roll film some still do. Ektar 100 is a color film but I thought, what the heck, let’s make...

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Happy Birthday Mr. President
Feb20

Happy Birthday Mr. President

“It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing.”—George Washington For readers outside the USA, President’s Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. As President’s Day it’s also honors all presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose...

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What I Still Love about Shooting Film
May13

What I Still Love about Shooting Film

These days I don’t shoot as much film and still have a few film cameras, such as the beautifully crafted (and no longer manufactured) Zeiss Ikon SW pictured below, that I don’t plan on getting rid of any time soon. I still enjoy shooting with Holga cameras too. It’s not a Leica but these days film seems to be more about having fun. And that’s why we all got into photography in the first place—isn’t it? As I sometimes tell my...

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Film Friday: New Monochrome Instant Film
Oct24

Film Friday: New Monochrome Instant Film

Earlier this year, The Impossible Group released test instant films for 600 and SX-70 cameras that featured monochromatic emulsions in cyan and magenta called Cyanograph and Magentatype films. Impossible has decided to develop these films as part of its standard range of products called Cyan and Magenta 600 Monochrome for Polaroid 600 cameras and the Instant Lab. These are the first in a new series of Impossible monochrome and...

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Film Friday: Saving Ferrania
Oct10

Film Friday: Saving Ferrania

I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Kickstarter campaigns that are created by companies, as compared to those produced by individuals, some of whom I’ve gladly supported. But sometimes you have to break your own rules especially when we have an opportunity to save not just a bit of history but something tangible—film itself. Ferrania has set up  new operations in the former Ferrania Research & Development...

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