Kodak Tri-X was originally introduced sometime in 1940 but November 1st, 1954 is the date to remember. On November 1st, 1954, Kodak released Tri-X in 120 and 35mm formats. Tri-X was considered a very high-speed film during this time and allowed for quality push processing as well. Photographers were now free to shoot dim scenes […]Read more "Happy Birthday Kodak Tri-X!"
Shortly before I returned to processing all my own b&w film, I shot Ilford XP2 and Kodak BW400CN when I wanted monochromatic images. These were the only two chromogenic C41 process films ever on the market to my knowledge. What this means is that these films created a b&w image but were made up of […]Read more "Reminiscing: Kodak BW400CN"
When we think of Leica, the second thing we often think of is Summicron. But before Leica formulated their legend, there was a lesser known yet still quite remarkable nifty 50. Thanks to having been overshadowed by the Cron, this very capable Leitz 50/2 is usually available for less than $400. That’s right, I’m talking […]Read more "Leitz 5cm f2 Summitar"
I stopped into my local camera repair shop last week to retrieve my Leitz Summarit which got damaged during my family trip to Disney earlier this year. Lev, the shop-owner told me that he had something I might be interested in. He brought out a little black Barnack Leica and I tried my best to keep […]Read more "A Brief History of my Leica I/III Conversion"
NOTE: I will update information here as it comes to me, so you may want to check back from time to time, thanks! Oh and also, all images are my own and copyright 2017 unless otherwise noted. If you’d like to use any of these images, please email me at JohnnyMartyr@Hotmail.com I have been collecting […]Read more "Night of the Living Dead; Trading Card History"
Almost three years ago, I was wandering the streets of downtown Philadelphia with my friends and my Leica. Philly is undergoing a bit of a revival. Rundown old properties are being rejuvenated and turned into trendy new homes and businesses. There’s a lot of character in the old buildings that I hope can be preserved […]Read more "1320"
The Nikon FM10 is a camera that experienced/knowledgeable film photographers take pride in dismissing. The chorus is common: “It’s all plastic!” “It’s not even made by Nikon!” But look, what the vocal opponents don’t seem to get is that the Nikon FM10 is actually a highly evolved, practical camera, capable of terrific photos. And it represents […]Read more "Defending the Nikon FM10"