have been photographing since I was about 12 years old. My first camera was a Kodak 126 Instamatic and I still have all the negatives from those early days. I really enjoy shooting with older manual film-based equipment. For me, photography is an ongoing journey. I don't know where I will end up, but I am always changing routes and finding my way around.
If you have looked through this blog, you'll see that I have long been a fan of Kodak Technical Pan 2415 film. A few years ago, I acquired a bulk roll of Kodak Technical Pan film that was already in a bulk loader. It has sat around in my basement since then. Two months ago, I rolled it all up into individual 35mm cassettes, with the intention of selling it on eBay. But before I can do so, I
Shooting with the Zenit 12XP
Over the years, I have owned a few Zenits. My introduction to this line of Russian SLRs was with the Zenit E (made in the 1970s), which came in a leather never-ready case that smelled fairly awful. That was around 2001. I probably paid less than $20 for it. The viewfinder was a bit strange as well. I later had a Zenit EM (made in the 1970s-80s), and then a
So, you have acquired a bunch of old film cameras from an estate, an attic, or some basement. Perhaps you know their history of ownership, or perhaps you are totally clueless when and where they came from and how they were stored, and for how long. You are curious about using them again. Before you start, five main factors have to be addressed when using older cameras that might have
It's great to have so many 35mm film stocks to choose from these days. If you are not aware, The Film Photography Project Store started offering some new b&w films very recently. In mid-March, Mike Raso released three new films, all fresh from Ukraine, that were originally produced for scientific and aerial survey work. The new films are Derev Pan 100, Derev Pan 200, and Derev Pan 400. Much
My Pentax Auto 110 SLR!
It's been over a decade since I have shot any 110 film. My first 110 camera was most likely an Estes Astrocam 110, which I managed to launch enough times in the mid-1980s to get the entire roll exposed without losing the rocket or crashing it. In this post I am also incorporating some images from my long-defunct 110 photography web pages from 2004 that used to be
I'll be honest with you. I liked the APS format (the official format name is IX-240) and the cameras that used the film. Back in 2001-2004, I shot quite a bit of APS film with a couple of pocket cameras and the Minolta Vectis S-1 SLR. I thought the varying output print formats to be very useful, and those 4 x 11" prints in panorama mode were generally fantastic. The only downside was the
I was going through some files today and realized that although I had shot this film in 2017, and noted it in my article of the pre-assembled Caffenol mix, I did not really review the film! So, here is my recollection of the Agfa Copex Rapid 35mm film.
I bought a roll of the 35mm Agfa Copex Rapid film from Freestyle to try it out. It sat in my fridge for many months before I decided to give it a
I recently sold a small estate of photo gear on eBay for a client. In the midst of all this, of course, I have been getting things going on home improvements and contractors, etc. So, I was greatly relieved when all the eBay items had sold and shipped off to the buyers. After over a week past the sales, I did all the accounting, paid off the fees, etc., the client, and took my small
I thought I would share some thoughts about my darkroom, and what I hope for in its next reincarnation, as in a few short months it will have to be packed up for wherever its next home will be.
We purchased our current home in December 2002, from Bill and Margaret Brudon. It was a private sale, and it all came about because Bill had been a great mentor in photography to me, and we always
As some of you know, my wife and I are planning on moving to Asheville, NC later this year. Right now, we are beginning a series of home renovations, and doing a lot of moving things around, some preliminary boxing up, and I won't have the opportunity to do any extensive blogging like I have. Camera tests and film testing will be off for awhile, as well. I am not sure when I will have some