We leap forward by over a century and half. Our subject is a lowly simple viewfinder from Japan. But this is one of a new wave of innovative cameras in the late 1950’s offering automatic exposure. It also represents an early hint of the shifting dominance of the camera market in the coming decade. Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY OBJECTS – 4 – Fujica Camera ~1958
It was during my rush to get my hands on some F2/400 that I bought some rolls of lady Grey and on a recent dive into Boots I picked some more up on a buy one get one half price deal. I’d heard the stuff was marked as and made in USA and was basically Kodak Tmax. But then I stumbled across this Flickr discussion post which rightly pointed out they ain’t made in the states no more but is marked as made in the Czech Republic. Continue reading The lady goes East – The curious tale of Lomography Lady Grey
With the festive period upon us, it is easy to forget that the Canny Photographer’s auction season is about to begin. Once the mince pies foils and empty port bottles head off for recycling, many folk decide now is the time to clear out stuff and the period up to Easter tends to feature a surplus of thing appearing in auctions or second hand sites while many buyers are actually of the game trying to pay off the festive overdraft Continue reading 7 Cult Classics To watch out for in January Auctions
This fixed focus shooter came to me as BNIB in eBay parlance. The camera was still sealed in its retail pack with film and batteries and was in pristine conditions.
Kodak had a knack of making a good basic cameras but how did this 90’s time traveller fare ? Continue reading Kodak Star 735 : The Brazilian Job
This 110 film rarity has been my been my one successful sale to date in the Poundland camera challenge. This fixed focus rarity already in the Parisien hands of a happy buyer.
The Kodak brownie is probably the best known and iconic camera series ever made. The Brownies in one form or another were made from 1900 to 1986 although are best known for the Iconic Box Brownies. The No 2 deserves a special place in this Iconography not just for it’s own 34 year run from 1901 but for the fact this camera gave us 120 film and is arguable the most reliable camera in the world still turning out shots almost a century later. Although this isn’t a Poundland Challenge Camera, scarily you can actually get this classic for a quid or less.
This odd little 80’s Kodak number came amongst a ton of Cameras that I picked up for 99p. This little fixed focus and fixed shutter number however has become a firm favourite
In August this Year Kodak Alaris announced the effective death of my favourite B&W film BW400CN.
This is a bit of an unusual B&W film in that it is meant to be developed in the same way that colour negative film (C41) at any photo lab. This is handy if you want to try out shooting B&W as you can have your films processed cheaply and anywhere. Continue reading Kodak BW400CN Review : The Long Goodbye