Dead Hands Cameras
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
2M ago
It seems I missed the memo or perhaps I’m just not in the loop with the hip film crowd, or perhaps both. A bunch of film photography bloggers have been sharing posts this week, revealing the five cameras that, “you’ll have to pry from my cold, dead hands,” invoking Charlton Heston’s famous line to the National Rifle Association about holding onto his gun until death. The concept is for film enthusiasts to name their five beloved cameras that they wouldn’t sell, give away, or relinquish under any circumstances. So, here are my top five cameras that I’ll cling to until my final breath: Olympus ..read more
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4×5 Glass Plates
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
2M ago
Large format photography using glass plates has a rich history dating back to the mid-19th century. Abel Niépce de Saint-Victor produced the first successful glass plate photograph in 1848, employing a plate coated with albumen derived from egg whites and treated with light-sensitive chemicals. Despite its early success, the popularity of glass plates waned in the 20th century with the rise of photographic films. However, contemporary photographers are rediscovering the artistic potential of glass plates. Jason Lane, inspired by his own experiments with glass dry plates for 4×5 cameras, launch ..read more
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The Minolta P’s
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
5M ago
The Minolta P’s is a simple point-and-shoot dedicated panoramic 35mm camera. Manufactured by Minolta in 1991, the P’s came in multiple colors (red, blue, green, and gold), has a 24mm f/4.5 lens with five coated glass elements in five groups, and built-in autofocus. With shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/200 second, the P’s accepts DX coded film from ISO 100 to 400. The camera’s auto advance, flash, and auto rewind are powered by a CR123a battery, and a separate CR2025 battery to power the date/time stamp. To create the panoramic image, the Minolta P’s simply masks part of the film in the camera. T ..read more
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Octopus – The Weekender
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
5M ago
Before smartphones, we would have laughed at the idea of carrying around a single device that included several unrelated gadgets. I love it when companies in the past combined various items into a single device. That’s precisely what Hendren Enterprises did in 1983 with the Octopus, also known as The Weekender: a single $75 device that contained a 110 camera, AM/FM radio with a telescoping antenna, flashlight, stopwatch, and clock with an alarm. The Weekender requires an array of batteries: the camera flash requires two AAs, the flashlight and radio require three AAs each, and the clock requir ..read more
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Pentax Auto 110
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
5M ago
The Pentax Auto 110 is a unique camera in the history of photography. Introduced in 1978 by Pentax of Japan, it is known for being one of the smallest interchangeable lens SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras ever made. The Pentax Auto 110 uses 110 film cartridges, a cartridge-based film format created by Kodak. The 110 film has a frame size of 13x17mm, making it significantly smaller than 35mm film. As with most SLR cameras, the Pentax Auto 110 featured an interchangeable lens system. Pentax released a range of small lenses for the camera, including an 18mm f/2.8 wide-angle, a 24mm f/2.8 standar ..read more
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Hasselblad 500 EL/M
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
7M ago
A few years ago, I rented a Hasselblad 501CM from AcmeCameraRental.com in Salt Lake City, again confirming my love for medium format film and 6×6 square images. Despite admiring Hasselblad’s on eBay, their high prices kept me from purchasing one. Fortunately, I found a great deal—a Hasselblad 500C with a Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8 lens and two backs for less than a thousand dollars. My excitement turned to disappointment when the camera jammed after a few days of use. Despite troubleshooting, it needed servicing, leading to a return and refund from the seller. During the initial transit of the ca ..read more
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The Psychedelic Furs on Film
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
9M ago
I may not be a professional concert photographer, but I am undeniably a devoted fan of The Psychedelic Furs. On the evening of Saturday, September 30th, The Furs took the stage at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. I decided I would attempt to capture some images with an Olympus LT Zoom 105, loaded with Kodak P3200 Tmax film. Manufactured by Olympus in 1997, the LT Zoom 105 is a straightforward compact camera featuring a 35-105mm, f/4.9 zoom lens. The model I used is the later QD version, equipped with a “panoramic” setting that effectively masks the image within the camera. This came ..read more
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Bannack Ghost Town
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
10M ago
Bannack Ghost Town, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Montana, stands as a hauntingly beautiful relic of the American West’s gold rush era. Established in 1862, Bannack witnessed a surge in population as prospectors flocked to the region in search of fortune. The town, now a well-preserved ghost town, boasts weathered wooden structures that whisper tales of the past. Bannack’s Main Street, lined with weathered facades and remnants of a bygone era, transports visitors to a time when the town was a bustling center of gold mining activity. Notable structures, such as the Bannack Hotel and t ..read more
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Route 66 Motels
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
1y ago
Last year, my wife and I embarked on a memorable two-week journey along Route 66. Our adventure began at the starting point of The Mother Road in downtown Chicago, with our destination of Santa Monica, California. To ensure we captured every moment, I packed a trio of cameras: Canon 6D (digital), Yashica Mat-124 G (1970 – 1986), and the Olympus OM-1N MD (1979). I shot Kodak Portra and Kodak Gold in the Yashica, and then used various black and white films in the Olympus. Even though the trip was over a year ago, I’m still going through all my images. A lot of great photos and a lot of fun memor ..read more
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FPP X-Ray 120 Film
Utah Film Photography Blog
by Shaun Nelson
1y ago
Last year, the Film Photography Project released a new 120 film that is a medical x-ray film, but it’s spooled onto 120 spools with numbered backing paper. I’ve shot some of their 4×5 x-ray film, and it appears much softer than this 120 film. This film offers good contrast with nice grain and is much sharper compared to the soft look of the 4×5 x-ray film. This film is subject to light piping, so when I loaded it into my Yashica Mat-124 G in dim light, I made sure to be cautious. After I finished the roll, I wrapped it in aluminum foil and sent it to theFINDlab with a note, asking them to ope ..read more
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