Metering the Meterless

Unless you’re a studio photographer, the first time that most film shooters begin considering purchasing a light meter is when they fall in love with some beautiful vintage camera that does not feature a built-in light meter. When I was younger, I naively clung to cameras with built-in meters, not fully appreciating bodies such as […]

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Yashica A, In Use

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 […]

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New Kodak Backing Paper

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 […]

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Leitz 5cm f2 Summitar

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 […]

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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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Leicavit vs. T-Winder

I’m as much of a Leica fan as anyone but I have to admit, the Japanese reincarnate of Voigtländer seriously one-upped the German Leica gods when they designed their T-Winder. Let’s begin at the beginning. Leica introduced a few rapidwinder devices for it’s screw mount 35mm rangefinder cameras in the 1930’s or 40’s.  The exact history […]

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