Lomography’s launch of the Diana F+ in 2007 wasn’t a step forward in lo-fi photography. It represented a hommage to the medium format camera that would lead to the development of that movement – the original Diana camera and its numerous clones. So how does one of these stack up to the 21st century. Continue reading Retro Medium Format Lo-Fi- The Samtoy – an original Diana Clone
Eight very different news and blog stories this week. We’ve a new camera, new films and new DIY periscopes !! We also look back at some vintage film and cameras too spanning from the USSR to NY and Europe. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 9: 21ST – 27TH SEPT)
So last month an original era Diana arrived (a Samtoy branded one). Whilst I hope to have a review on this shortly it raised a problem with lomography 120 film and it seems I’m not alone. Continue reading Issues with Lomography 120 Film – Fat Roll Syndrome
It’s not the drawing or artist who created it that we’re after here. our subject is the man pictured. He is arguably the first person to create a photograph as we’d understand almost a quarter of century before the oldest surviving examples. Sadly like his photographs, he has faded into relative obscurity. Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY OBJECTS – 3 – Chalk Drawing Circa 1800
We’ve some worthy reviews of gear some familiar and some not so as well as a trip into the mountains of Colombia and the day a wee band went global. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 8: 14TH – 20TH SEPT)
So I’d discussed the weakness of the F55 in the comparison review with the D50 dSLR. The F55 is arguably the cheapest Nikon film bodies you can buy but does spending a bit more snag you a better camera in the guise of the F75. The reality is it a bit more nuanced. Continue reading Nikon Budget Face off – Does the F75 make the F55 pointless ?
Those nice folk at Analogue Wonderland a wee press sample pack arrived last week with 3 very interesting and different films in the box. I’m quite excited and 2 of the 3 are waiting the lab but the third is more of a challenge. Continue reading Look What the Postie brought – New Film to Test !
A quieter week takes us for a look at the world’s biggest camera, a music festival and some classic vintage gear. We laster wind up marvelling the coast and I pose the question of fairness in kit comparison reviews. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 7: 7th – 13TH SEPT)
Just a few streets away from where I live sits the subject of our focus today. But why is a former windmill in a small Scottish town listed ?
Well by 1836 it would have certain device installed in it. That device was a camera obscura which gave us the modern word ‘camera’. Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY OBJECTS – 2 – Former Windmill 1700’s
This was a chance finding on eBay earlier this year and on paper what’s not to like. Also known as the RZ-3000, the Shotmaster 130Z, or the Q-130Z, this is a Ricoh compact but in zoom format. it’s as cheap as chips and feature laden including Passive AF. But did it live up to the promise of being a bargain for those of us who can’t afford a GR1 ? Sadly on the 2 rolls I shot, it’s a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde number. And that’s not just down to the optics.