• 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…

  • 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,…

  • Graflex RB Super D

    What’s 7 inches tall by 7 inches deep by 6 inches wide, approved has a big 152mm lens, help and a giant mirror inside? A World War II era giant SLR camera, that’s what. And now, thanks to Marisa‘s Closet of Photographic Mystery, I have one of my very own: a Graflex RB Super D 3×4 camera!

  • Fixed the Bellows. Now what?

    A couple of months ago, ailment I wrote about my first tries using the Kodak Vigilant Six-20 to take pictures. I experienced some unexpected light leaks from extremely tiny holes in the bellows, and figured out how to plug them up so I could use the camera; and I used a modified 120 film spool as a takeup reel for my second roll of film. So, what came of all of that? Well, long story short, it all worked. Pretty much.

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  • Slide Film is tricky, after all!

    Or is it? (That’s a nice, medications vague introduction!) Well, I’ve been reading a lot about different kinds of film, including slide film. The color rendition is supposed to be totally different than from negative film, not to mention more of a challenge to expose properly. I finally decided to try it out, choosing 35mm Fuji Velvia 100, based on its saturated, but not out of control color. This tricky exposure thing? How much trickier could it be than shooting digital, with its unforgiving linear exposure curve that makes for blown-out highlights (like the sky in high contrast scenes, etc). I know how to work with digital, and figured my…