Defending the Nikon FM10

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 […]

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Behold, the Konica III

It’s been a few weeks since I retrieved my Konica III from BP-ES where it’s sticky shutter was repaired and rangefinder calibrated.  I’m carrying the III with me daily, slowly working my way through a few rolls of Tri-X as I come across interesting scenes in my life. I have only owned one other Konica […]

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Recommended First Film Cameras

Looking to get into 35mm film photography and wondering what camera to choose, from the dizzying array of possibilities?  You’ve come to the right place!  The following four first film camera suggestions are guaranteed to get you addicted to film and help you become a solid, knowledgeable shooter (with lots of practice and reading of […]

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MiNT Instantflex TL70

  I have to begin with a confession; I have never been much of a TLR guy.  I bought a Yashica 12 TLR while I was still in college and only had half a dozen cameras to my name.  I enjoy the camera well enough but the reverse viewing nature of a twin lens just […]

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A Four Year Old Photographer

At what point do we become photographers?  If it’s when we take the first shots we’re proud of then my daughter Harper is well on her way! After years of playing with Mom and Dad’s cameras, Last week I finally purchased our four year old her first camera. I have always allowed Harper to handle our cameras […]

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Camera. Typewriter. Telephone. Fan.

Trying something a bit different for this small project.  I gathered an Underwood portable typewriter, a Zeiss Ikon folding camera, Bell rotary telephone and a General Electric electric fan.  I set them out on a wood floor in my home and photographed these objects using three integral instant film cameras, a very new Fuji Instax Mini […]

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Peeling Apart Veruca Salt

Stephanie and I arrived at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC just as Veruca Salt were going on stage.  Outside the venue, I could hear the thundering bass and blazing rock guitars.  Taped up on the walls all around Will Call were laminated 8×10 sheets of paper announcing “NO PRO PHOTO CAMERAS.”  Determined to get […]

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