Upgrade Your Meterless Film Camera!

The beauty, the style and the build quality of mechanical film cameras made before the 1960’s is simply unmatched.  Barnack Leica’s, the original Nikon F, Rolleiflex TLR’s, Konica rangefinders, early Pentax SLR’s, Zeiss, Voigtlander and Agfa folders.  WOW!  Okay, I’m going to need a moment to calm down!  (Particularly since most of the cameras pictured […]

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Standing Up for Squeegees

I have a very controversial little tool to thank for the cleanliness of my negatives; the Dot Line DL-6121, more commonly known as a rubber squeegee. Many shooters will tell you that squeegees scratch negatives and to avoid them at all costs.  I followed this advice for years but then came to firmly disagree with […]

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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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