Classic Camera Revival – Episode 1 – The Workhorses


Today’s Featured Cameras: (L-R) Canon T90, Olympus OM-2, Nikon F4, Mamyia m645 Pro

Hello and welcome to the premiere episode of the new Classic Camera Revival Podcast! Today’s show is all about workhorse cameras, the ones you grab always that do all your photographic heavy lifting! In the darkroom today we discuss what you need to get starting with home developing, both black and white and colour.

Hard at work, or hardly working? You be the judge of that

The Cameras
The following cameras were discussed on today’s episode.

The Mamyia m645 Pro – this was the wedding shooter’s right hand camera through the 1980s a medium format single lens reflex that shoots in the 6×4.5 format.



Two beautiful examples of John’s work with the m645 Pro

The Nikon F4 – the professional camera that really started off what we see today as the modern professional SLR. This beast hails from the 1980s and is one of the best manual cameras produced by Nikon.

Glass Walls


Torn Apart

Examples from the Nikon F4 that Alex shot in an abandoned Toronto High School, the school was featured in the Sci-Fi Series Falling Skies

The Canon T90 – the final FD mount camera from Canon, the T90 is a plastic tank that can pretty much go anywhere and do anything.




Some of Mike’s work with the T90

The Olympus OM-2 – The OM2 is a powerfully compact SLR that can fit in any camera bag or even a purse with incredible optics backing it up.




Some of Dawn’s examples of work with the OM2!

The Darkroom
The darkroom segment will be an ongoing piece that will bring to light (pun intended) some tips and equipment to get your own home developing and printing. Along with reviews of chemistry, papers, and films. This episode we laundry list what’s needed to get your own home developing going.

  • A Change Bag or Box – this allows you to load up your film into the developing tank
  • A Developing Tank – plastic or stainless steel, go with what you’re comfortable with
  • Chemistry – You need developer, stop, and fixer. Additionally Hypoclear and a Washing solution will help greatly
  • Measuring Equipment – so that you know how much to use
  • Storage – a place to store your chemistry before it’s used
  • Thermometer – while not that important to B&W, it is very important to colour

Looking for a place to get all this equipment, check out Burlington Camera, Downtown Camera, or Film Plus. Additionally you can order online at the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.

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