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 […]Read more "Upgrade Your Meterless Film Camera!"
Instead of reviewing yet another needless classic camera, I wanted to talk about products that will actually help our photography while still indulging our universal fixation on gear; developing tanks. If you are interested in developing your own film or have been doing it for decades, hopefully you find this review useful in some far […]Read more "Paterson Film Developing Tank Review"
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 […]Read more "Standing Up for Squeegees"
Sometimes the dumbest ideas are perpetuated on the internet. Storing ones film in the fridge is one of them. Like many adamant film photographers, I too, used to buy months or even years worth of film when there was a sale. And I’d store it in a little mini fridge. I would open the door […]Read more "Your Film Doesn’t Need to be Refrigerated; Less Shopping. More Shooting."
Within the motion picture industry, William Gray’s storied history as a production photographer and his love for film proceeds him. In the early 2000’s, I worked with director Bob Giraldi on a Super 16 commercial campaign. I took production stills on my Nikon FM’s and Kodak Retina, catching the attention of the crew. It became […]Read more "Interview with Production Photographer, William Gray"
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"