While I have a pretty tight camera system and methods for shooting paid work, when shooting freely and creatively, I like to try a variety of cameras and lenses. I find that doing this can offer a fresh vision and shakes up my personal conventions, allowing me to take things in new directions. Every day […]Read more "Three Interpretations of Conduit"
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my new-to-me, super cheapie antique-store-find Yashica A. Last week, I burned my first 5 rolls of Kodak Tri-X in it as a test drive and man, what a test drive it was! Every year, my wife hosts a Fall Family Photo session on our friends’ beautifully rustic property in […]Read more "Yashica A, In Use"
A few weeks ago, I picked up a Yashica A TLR and was eager to test it. I bought a fresh 5- roll-box of Kodak Tri-X 120. When I opened the film, I was surprised to see that the backing paper design was different and had a waxy sheen to it. I found that, in […]Read more "New Kodak Backing Paper"
Happy Veterans Day, America! To celebrate, I thought I’d share some film photographs of flags and documenting the political rallies I’ve attended over the years. Enjoy, and thanks to all the soldiers who’ve put their lives on the line, and given their lives, to maintain our freedom. Thanks for reading!Read more "Celebrating Veterans Day on 35mm Film"
The Yashica A is like the VW Beetle or Converse All-Stars of the Twin Lens Reflex world. But like these cheap, low tech and timeless cars and shoes, the Yashica A is simple, fun and effective. A few days ago, my charming wife and I found ourselves with the day off work and nothing pressing […]Read more "Discovering the Yashica A"
A while back, I dropped my Leica M6 TTL on concrete. The camera was fine but it’s full weight came square down onto the Voigtlander 50mm 1.5 Nokton ASPH that had been my go-to 50mm for years. The focus ring became very tight from the impact. Because I’d had this lens rebuilt once before and […]Read more "Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5 Rebuilt Again"
[first published on http://www.JohnnyMartyr.com in 2015] The Agfa Optima Parat is a beautifully quirky compact, fixed lens, scale focus, 35mm half-frame camera, made in Germany in 1963. I bought mine in 2008 from Tina Waters, the curator of Gallery 61 in New York. I paid $70 for it as a tested, working copy and today, […]Read more "A Rave Review of the Agfa Optima Parat"