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)
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.
There’s been quite a lot of good articles over the last 7 days so picking is hard. But here’s my ten best film photography reads for the week. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 6: 31st AUG – 6th Sept)
Week 5 brings us everything from pioneering century spanning photography to one of the most sought after current films. We also head into space thanks to Kodak and if you think it’s sacrilege to chop up a folder look away now ! Plus another farewell to acros and a new Yashica ?
All this and more. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 5: 24-30TH AUG)
Film cameras aren’t as cheap as they used to be. When I began shooting film around 14 years ago, we all knew digital technology would only get better and prosumers and professionals were quickly selling off their equipment wholesale to begin the rat race that was the DSLR wars. Continue reading There are no deals on eBay: Finding film cameras at the right price
In both film and digital land there’s some bargains to be had in the second hand market. This blog like many has focused on the bargains to be had in the analogue world but few discuss older digital cameras in the same way (a notable exception being our sometimes guest writer Dan James over at his 35hunter blog). But can you make a real comparison ?
A short list this week as the blogs sphere has been fairly quiet. But come as we step back in time to look at the birth of those lo-fi plastic pushing Austrians, Walk through the streets of Paris and discover more about quartz date. We even manage to see 127 film in action and learn how to load a Paterson tank. And is the new Polaroid as good as the old Polaroid ?
Although the thunderstorms and rain of the last weeks paint a different picture, the UK has basked under some of the best Summer weather ever seen. That luckily coincided with my time off in what’s known as the Golden Fortnight. So I though for something different I’d chart my photographic experience. Here’s my journey in the first of 4 parts Continue reading Shooting in the Golden Fortnight – Part 1 YouthBeatz
Oddly for a discussion about another company’s camera, I need to open this with – Why Kodak Why ?
The Ansco Pioneer 20 is a vintage slice of Americana film photography and is a box camera similar in styling to the Agfa’s Clack and Click cameras. Irritatingly it uses 620 film not 120 like the Agfa’s. But hey could I mod this to work with ordinary 35mm film ? Continue reading Americana Re-rolled – A misguided attempt at using 35mm film in an Ansco Pioneer