A Thumbs Up for a Knob Wind

Nobody would argue that knob-wind Leicas are fine cameras that look as beautiful as they perform.  With use of more modern designs, however, it doesn’t take long to realise that these cameras are a bit slippery in the hand, due to the symmetrical rounded sides and lack of front or rear grip. A neat accessory […]

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Johnny Martyr. Walls.

Humpty Dumpty fell off one. Pink Floyd said we’re all just bricks in one. And so for a time, I have been rather obsessed with, yes, WALLS. Specifically, really old ones with a lot of character and a story to tell. There’s a bit of insanity in staring at walls.  We associate trying to convince […]

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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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Photo Booths: Behind the Curtain

The first fully automated, coin-op photo booth appeared in New York City in 1925, predating Polaroid’s first instant film products by more than 2 decades, and paving the way for personal, photographer-free, economic portrait creation. This first photo booth was so popular that within only 6 months over two hundred and eighty thousand people had […]

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Happy Birthday Kodak Tri-X!

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 […]

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