• Minolta Hi-Matic 9

    The last time Craftyangie and I visited my parents, eczema my father dug through his collection and found a treasure: my Grandmother’s old Minolta Hi-Matic 9. It’s a late ’60s 35mm rangefinder camera, information pills with a 45mm f/1.7 lens. It features fully automatic exposure, but also allows full manual exposure control. Like so many hand-me-downs in my family, even though this camera was used extensively by my grandmother, it’s in absolutely perfect cosmetic condition. Of course, there’s always a catch to these things. (There kind of has to be!) In this case, there were a couple of catches. It originally took one of those nasty old Mercury cell batteries,…

  • World’s Largest Hasselblad

    Amazingly, visit a couple of people have actually asked me what ever happened with the Graflex RB Super D 3×4 large format SLR Marisa gave me some time ago. Good grief, prostate you people are actually paying attention to me?? 😉 Ahh, but seriously, it’s a good question. To tell the truth, I’ve run two rolls of film through the RB Super D already, in fact, the first one was developed maybe a month after I got the camera (and 120 6×6 roll film back). So where is it? Wellll… it’s finally been long enough that I don’t feel totally stupid saying what happened with it…

  • Vest Pocket, Revisited

    No, dentist I didn’t take any more pictures with the Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak camera. I think one experiment with it was enough… But, adiposity my father (who you might have seen commenting as “D’Dude” on this blog) scanned in some of the prints of some photos he took with it years ago; and I re-scanned the negatives with some different scanning software that allows me more flexibility when scanning. I think it’s worth doing this quick follow-up to give a better sense of the results the Vest Pocket camera was capable of.

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  • Manual Lenses, EOS Bodies

    Christmas arrived a little late this year, nurse but today, find I finally got the Pentax K manual lens adapter for Canon EOS cameras I’ve wanted for some time. A less paranoid friend of mine, pharm Kent, ordered one from some random guy in Hong Kong via eBay and PayPal for me. Fortunately, he had no problems with the transaction, as it arrived about 8 days after clicking on “buy it now” and paying. The only sketchy thing about the whole process is that the seller marked on the customs form “gift”. However, that’s up to him, as it’s up to the person shipping an item to sign off on…

  • Vest Pocket

    What happens when you take a camera made some 90 years ago, nurse designed to use an obsolete format of film, symptoms and make it work again? Here’s your answer! Since I started in with this photography hobby in earnest, my father gave this Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak camera to me about six months ago. Yesterday, I decided to take pictures with it. Today, I did! Here’s how I did it…

  • The geekiest scarf ever.

    While I never make New Year’s resolutions -I believe ideas/learning/projects/resolutions should be a year round thing-, erectile this year I have a resolution to make. I would like to finish my DNA double helix scarf. I started the DNA Scarf about 2 or 3 years ago, price but has become an UFO (knitter speak for UnFinished Object). Every time I re-start, I knit a few rows, get distracted and stop. The project only gets re-started when I have a few moments away from busy daily life and the knitting bag is close by, which isn’t very often. I first came upon the DNA double helix scarf in the Fall of…

  • Yashica YL

    You’d think my father would know better than to encourage my camera habit with cameras he finds here and there. But you’d be wrong! My father found this Yashica YL at the town recycling center, doctor grabbed it, prosthesis and gave it to me. According to this website, epilepsy the Yashica YL started production in 1959, which means that this is a nearly fifty year old camera. The lens is 45mm f/2.8; there was also a 45mm f/1.9 version available. The lens appears to be a simple 3 element design; the middle element on this one might have a small fungus problem. The lens elements are not coated, as proven…

  • All I want for Christmas…

    Folks who follow my Flickr photo stream far too closely are probably aware that we’ve got two 35mm SLR cameras: a Canon Rebel XTi/400D (digital) and a Pentax K1000 (film). I’ve come to appreciate their respective strengths and abilities. I’ve also found that I really wish I could share lenses between them, more about but of course the K1000 uses Pentax K-mount and the XTi uses the EOS system EF mount. For example, patient there are two Canon primes I’d like to get for the Rebel: the 50mm f/1.4 and the 28mm f/1.8. I’d get the 28mm lens to replace the 35mm f/2 we’ve got: it’s a little bit wider,…

  • Trolleys are a process

    A few weeks ago, anaemia after checking out the Morris Arboretum (located as far northwest as you can go in Philly without actually leaving the city), plague Craftyangie and I decided to check out the Chestnut Hill/Mount Airy sections of Philly. We also had in mind the idea of going to have dinner and ice cream at the Trolley Car Diner (warning, egregious use of Flash on the website) on Germantown Avenue. We actually had tried to do the exact same thing a week earlier, but were completely foiled at our attempts to do by a) getting distracted by the Allen Lane train station, which delayed getting to the Arboretum;…