Shoot film in style with the Canon EOS Elan ii

Canon EOS Elan ii camera

Most of my cameras are manual cameras in that they don’t have auto-focus, a motor to advance the film and they don’t have a bunch of presets for sports, landscape, aperture priority, etc. Honestly, that’s by choice, but there are times that I enjoy being able to just trust the camera and worry about framing; … Read more

Comparing features of Nikon 35mm film cameras: FE, FM & F3.

Nikon film cameras

Nikon has been making high quality 35mm film cameras for more than a century. As a result, they’ve made dozens of models over the last 103 years. If you’re looking to add a film camera to your stable, and want a manual camera with a built-in meter then this post is ready-made just for you. … Read more

Fairchild K-20 – Versatile large format film aerial camera

Fairchild K-20 Aerial Camera

I have always been interested in aerial cameras and photographing places from a perspective that most people will never see. Finding work from photographers like Bradford Washburn and Vittorio Sella served only to pour gas on an already raging fire. Their portfolios of remote mountain ranges, glaciers and snow covered peaks from around the world … Read more

Mamiya C220 Twin Lens Reflex Medium Format

Mamiya C220 medium format film camera

When I hear someone talking about a TLR, my mind instantly goes to Rollei. They ruled the market on high quality TLR cameras (and some others). The next best thing to a Rollei is a Mamiya from the C line of cameras. The Mamiya C220 is the third camera in the Mamiya C line. It’s … Read more

There’s a format for everyone with the versatile line of Kodak folding pocket cameras.

Kodak folding cameras

Kodak always seemed to have a firm handle on the concept of branding and how brand longevity increases the product awareness among consumers. It doesn’t really matter if it’s film or actually cameras, they named them, and kept that name through a variety of redesigns to add features, change the film format or maybe just … Read more

Finney Field Camera : a 4 x 5 Pinhole

Finney Field Camera

Over the years there have been more than a few cameras that I have always kept an eye out for. This post features the Finney Field Camera, a 4 x 5 pinhole camera. The thing that attracted me to this particular camera was the fact that it is adjustable. It’s capable of several focal lengths … Read more

Linhof Technar : Point & Shoot Large Format

Linhof Technar large format camera

I have a lot of cameras. I’ve used even more than what I currently own, so when I say that camera X is my favorite, there’s more than a fair amount of experience that puts it in that position. The Linhof Technar holds that spot. I have a bias though, I love Linhof. Their cameras … Read more

Graflex 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 field camera

Graflex large format folding camera

I’ve always wanted a Graflex, more precisely, a Speed or Crown Graphic 4 x 5 or 5 x 7 field camera, but I never really got around to getting one. I’m very familiar with using folding field cameras. In fact my first 4×5 was a Linhof Technika IV, which is the best field camera that … Read more

Vintage 4 x 5 : Rochester Optical Pony Premo Sr

Rochester Optical Company - Pony Premo Sr

In a time where everything is made of some sort of plastic having a camera that is primarily made of wood is a curiosity to most folks that are not familiar with the history of photography. 150 years ago all cameras were made of wood and some sort of metal, usually brass. They didn’t have … Read more

Hole in the Wall Falls

Hole in the Wall Falls

The Columbia River Gorge is an amazing swath of land and water that dominates the landscape connecting Oregon and Washington. Nearly 80 miles long from the stem to stern you can be at sea level one minute and then be at 4,000 feet the next. Comprised of layer after layer of basalt that flowed from … Read more

The Salut C 6 x 6 medium format camera

Salut C 6x6

I’ve been lusting after a Hasselblad for at least a decade now, and having had several medium format 6×6 cameras over the years. I stumbled across the Salut C a couple of months ago on eBay, so I decided to take a chance on it since it was listed as “in working condition”. Without really … Read more

Creating customized tilt-shift effects in Photoshop

tilt-shift photo from Toronto Canada

You’ve probably seen this effect used before, hell, you’ve probably seen the effect boiled down to a simple to use filter or effect add-on for one of your favorite photo apps on your mobile device, but today I’m going to explain how I create tilt=shift images using Photoshop. This isn’t limited to the full version … Read more

Old camera day: Revere Model 40 8mm Movie Camera

Revere 40

I’ve just about given up on going to Estate sales because it seems like I always see the remnants of good camera gear, but never the gear itself. The number of times that I have ended up buying a half dozen 4×5 or 8×10 film holders outnumbers the times I have actually run across the … Read more

Developing black and white film

ilford HP5

As I noted in a recent post, I’ve been shooting a lot of film, and while I really enjoy going to Blue Moon to gawk at all the goodies, it’s been gnawing at me that I have all of the equipment to develop film myself and haven’t managed to get off my arse and do … Read more

Well hello there film; I’ve missed you.

rail

On a whim last month I decided I would buy another film camera. I was wandering around Blue Moon Camera and they had a couple Nikon FE bodies, and one came with a 28mm f/2.8, so I bought it. There really isn’t anything remarkable about me buying another camera really, I mean I already have … Read more

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