I’ll say it right now. eBay sucks. Amazon sucks. These are not proper camera retailers and should not be the first places we go to find film equipment and photography supplies. Most sellers on these sites do not check, much less service their vintage cameras or lenses prior to sale. These are sites where people […]Read more "Where to Buy Film Cameras & Lenses"
Let me begin by admitting that I’m sick and tired of film photographers telling other film photographers not to worry about their light seals because they’re not necessary. This is complete and total bullshit and the inspiration for this post. There’s nothing more infuriating in the world of film, for me, than the spread of misinformation. […]Read more "The Importance of Light Seals"
[first published on http://www.JohnnyMartyr.com in 2015] The Agfa Optima Parat is a beautifully quirky compact, fixed lens, scale focus, 35mm half-frame camera, made in Germany in 1963. I bought mine in 2008 from Tina Waters, the curator of Gallery 61 in New York. I paid $70 for it as a tested, working copy and today, […]Read more "A Rave Review of the Agfa Optima Parat"
This is not a Polaroid. In art school, we were taught about the important distinction between words, images and objects by Magritte’s Treachery of Images. Just as photojournalists commit themselves to accurate depictions of events, in discussing photography, accurate vocabulary is also critical. Just as edited images can convey falsehoods, incorrect and inaccurate words can […]Read more "Ceci n’est pas une Polaroid."
With film shooters moving to larger formats and digital shooters using face-palm-inducing software to emulate the look of film, a 35mm shooter begins to wonder “What cool characteristic can 35mm film provide that no other format can?” Enter the frame burn. Unexposed 35mm film comes to us in a metal canister with a […]Read more "35mm, the Art of the Frame Burn"
So you want to take some photos of the fireworks with your Fuji Instax instant film camera this Independence Day & you’re wondering how to do that. Well, you’re on the right track by studying up BEFORE loading up your camera & heading out to a fireworks show. While seasoned photographers who don’t shoot film anymore […]Read more "Photographing Fireworks with Fuji Instax"