INTRODUCTION I’m not going to wax poetic about the Leica M6 TTL .85. I don’t need to. This camera is the best 35mm film camera ever conceived or constructed. Chances are, you’re reading this because you’re a photographer interested in buying the best Leica that you can. Or perhaps you already own a Leica and […]Read more "IMHO: Leica M6 TTL .85"
Say what you will about wedding photography but few other gigs will allow you to party with beautiful people without having to even know a single dance move. My wife and I are freelance wedding photographers. She shoots digital and I shoot on b&w 35mm film. I use vintage, all manual cameras and lenses and […]Read more "Wedding Receptions on Film; No Flash, No Automation"
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."
Do you remember that old black and white zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead? The famous line was “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!” That movie was released in October of 1968. That’s FIFTY years ago! NotLD was late horror director George Romero’s first film. It was put together on a shoestring budget by […]Read more "“They’re Coming to Get You, Barbra!”"
Matt & Kim are an awesome indie-pop duo out of Brooklyn. Steph & Johnny are an awesome photography duo out of Frederick. Are you feelin’ the synergy?! Nobody was sure if Saturday’s sold out Matt & Kim show at Flying Dog Brewery was going to be possible with the threat of Hurricane Florence looming. Amazingly, not only were […]Read more "Matt & Kim & Steph & Johnny – or – Damn, Flying Dog Brewery Sure Knows How to Provide Hurricane Relief!"
A big thanks to Petapixel for republishing Rockin Out with Kodak TMAX P3200 and getting the word out that P3200 is BACK! But wait… There’s more! I burned through 3 rolls of film on Vinyl Rhino so as you might imagine, I still have more photos! I didn’t want to overwhelm my first post with too […]Read more "Kodak TMAX P3200, an Encore Performance"
Kodak Tri-X was originally introduced sometime in 1940 but November 1st, 1954 is the date to remember. On November 1st, 1954, Kodak released Tri-X in 120 and 35mm formats. Tri-X was considered a very high-speed film during this time and allowed for quality push processing as well. Photographers were now free to shoot dim scenes […]Read more "Happy Birthday Kodak Tri-X!"
Shortly before I returned to processing all my own b&w film, I shot Ilford XP2 and Kodak BW400CN when I wanted monochromatic images. These were the only two chromogenic C41 process films ever on the market to my knowledge. What this means is that these films created a b&w image but were made up of […]Read more "Reminiscing: Kodak BW400CN"
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 […]Read more "Leitz 5cm f2 Summitar"