Most prime lens SLR kits are a 28-50-85 or 135. Most rangefinder kits are a 28 or 35-50-90. 75mm is an odd focal length. I don’t think it’s even available for SLR’s and most rangefinder shooters fall on the side of either 50 or 90 – the distinction between normal and portrait focal lengths. 75. […]Read more "An Odd Length; Voigtländer 75mm 2.5 Heliar"
If your New Year’s resolution is to start processing your own b&w film at home, or you’re just interested in comparing notes, I thought it would be handy for me to share my darkroom grocery list. Disclaimer – I am not a chemist! I’m just a photographer who has found some products and methods that […]Read more "Johnny Martyr’s B&W Darkroom Grocery List"
A few years ago, I photographed a Veruca Salt concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I wasn’t an official photographer, I was just having fun with the then still available Fuji FP-3000b peel apart instant film and my 1960’s Polaroid Automatic Land camera. But it was a great night anyway and I’ll always […]Read more "A Post About Louise Post and the Importance of Photography"
International Center of Photography shooter James Mignogna once told me that a good photographer matches their light, lens, film and developer. Nowhere do I think these decisions are more critical than portraits in dim lighting. With all of us spending so much time at home lately, I have gotten a number of emails asking for […]Read more "Rating + Processing for Available Light Portraits – EI 1600 ISO"
Since buying, shooting and writing about the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC, I feel like I see this lens everywhere! I didn’t realise how popular it is. The blog I wrote about it is my third most viewed of all time, I see it mounted to many of the cameras that I read reviews of […]Read more "One Year with the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC"
For my last entry, I shared The Very Best of Johnny Martyr, but as with most greatest hits compilations, so many great songs get left behind. Often the songs that mean the most to the author are not the chart-toppers. So if you don’t mind, I’d like you to give the blogs below a second […]Read more "Johnny’s Favorites"
Back in art school, between my classes, I’d follow friends into their classes and hang out for a bit. One fateful day (these stories always contain a fateful day) I followed Becca into her drawing class. Becca was a quiet but opinionated graphic designer I had a crush on. She seemed to take pride in […]Read more "Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise"
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"
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"