I don’t have many Kodaks in my collection but over the last two days I have been given three very old Kodak cameras. I’ve enjoyed doing a little research on these cameras, and here are my notes. Vest Pocket Autographic (1915-1926) The Vest Pocket cameras were tiny by standards of the day, hardly any larger than […]Read more "Old Kodaks"
I don’t usually use zoom lenses with 35mm film cameras and instead I prefer to carry a selection of prime lenses and change as I go. I prefer primes because the image quality is usually better and the aperture is usually faster. My kit bag would usually contain the FD 50mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2.8 and […]Read more "Testing the Canon FD 35-105mm lens with sample pictures"
It’s been weeks since I visited Hereford and these pictures have been waiting in my queue to be reviewed and published. I’ve finally found the time to have a look, and I’m pleased with the results. These shots of the cathedral were all taken with my Mamiya M645, mostly with the ultra-wide 35mm f/3.5 lens. […]Read more "Hereford cathedral"
When buying enlarger lenses, it is important not only to choose a lens of the right focal length to give the required magnification, but also sufficient coverage to cover the negative without vignetting. The rule of thumb with enlarger lenses is: Focal length Typical coverage 50mm 35mm 75-80mm 6×6 100-110mm 6×9 150mm 5×4″ I decided to […]Read more "Testing enlarger lens coverage"
Although St John the Baptist church is not far from my house, I’d never been past it and didn’t know it existed. Over the last few weeks we were invited to both a wedding and a christening at this lovely church, and I vowed to return with my largest camera to do it justice. The church stands […]Read more "St John the Baptist, Frenchay"
Some of our friends got married recently, and their wedding car was a Bentley Mark VI. I’m no classic car buff but this vehicle was beautifully built, maintained, and polished, and well-worthy of a picture or two. Photographs taken on Frenchay Common, Bristol.Read more "Bentley Mark VI"
Recently I’ve had an inkling to dabble in large format portraiture rather than medium format. In particular I’ve wanted to try using older lenses with their various flaws. So far my only large format lenses have been high-quality Schneider lenses of (relatively) modern design and wide-to-normal focal lengths, so I decided to pick up some old lenses. […]Read more "New large format lenses"