Photography is driven by nostalgia. Photos can take you back to places where you have been; you can see people as they were or even stare into the faces of those who have passed once again. But what about places, cameras and films? Well, that is what the gang sits down to talk about in this episode, as we talk about the powerful memories connected with past cameras, film stocks, and places. Plus, there are some excellent old-fashioned discussions surrounding them. Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix check out Burlington Camera (Burlington, ON), Downtown Camera (Toronto, ON), Film PlusRead More →

That’s right, we’re doing it again with another episode about zoom lenses. While many of us are prime lens sort of people, a zoom lens can offer up a lot of versatility when we either don’t want to or cannot, due to space constraints, bring a selection of prime lenses. So with this episode, each of our team members brings up a trio of zoom lenses with the following criteria, one that surprised them with how good it worked, one that they will always reach for, and finally, one that sucked so hard they wanted to toss it in the Hudson River. Please note weRead More →

From Plus-X to Panatomic-X and Fujifilm colour stocks, join Alex, Bill and James as they discuss their favourite discontinued film stocks and what they try and do to recreate the magic. While far from perfect, there is a lot you can do with modern emulsions to recreate those looks you enjoyed in the past. Plus, a discussion around how Alex can get that Panatomic look without paying for TMax 100 and retain a classic grain structure. Plus, there was a bit of discussion around what film we’d want to bring back, the new Ferrania P33, and some developer discussion. It’s a classic CCR roundtable episode.Read More →

While we’re still far from summer vacation, many people are already starting to figure out where they’re going on holidays this year. As photographers, especially film photographers, it can be challenging to choose what camera(s) to bring and how to keep things to a minimum! There is a temptation to bring everything plus the kitchen sink along for the ride, and if any member of the CCR team knows this full well, it’s Alex. But when space is limited, and extra bags cost airlines money, we may need to rethink and start packing a little lighter. This is a follow-up to the original episode recordedRead More →

Family albums, photo projects, books and double exposures. Jess, Chrissie, and Alex all sit down with the talented local Toronto photographer Tawnya Mahoney for our ongoing interview series. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Tawnya’s feed, you’re in for a treat, as her work is intentional, ethereal, and inspired, not to mention her inspired captions that go along with her images. There are lots of double exposures, experimental and wild. And yes, there is a lot of fanning from our host team! And, of course, the usual chat about gear, first cameras, home development, scanning and film choices. Check out Tawnya onRead More →

When it comes to Nikon, tons of cameras and lenses are available, and you might feel a bit frozen when making that choice and where to jump in. Well, we aren’t going to hide that we’re a bunch of Nikon fanboys, so Bill and Alex sit down for a bit of a meandering episode talking about some good places to start when buying Nikon cameras. From the original rangefinders to the mechanical and hybrid SLRs of the 1950s to 1980s. And, of course, the brilliant AF models of the 1990s and 2000s. There’s something here for everyone. Looking for a good spot to get yourRead More →

Even though this year’s winter has not exactly been the best so far, with the lack of snow and almost a continuation of the weather we expect through November, the CCR gang isn’t letting that stop them from getting out and enjoying the weather put also preparing for when we finally do get some wonderful winter days with sun and snow. From film to cameras, clothing to best practices, James, Alex and Bill break it all down for when it’s cold outside. Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix check out Burlington Camera (Burlington, ON), Downtown Camera (Toronto, ON), FilmRead More →

As part of revisiting some of our classic episode topics, this episode traces itself back to Season 2, Episode 13. The idea is that it is more important to invest in a lens system for your interchangeable lens systems; camera bodies are often cross-compatible once you’re in the mount. Camera bodies come, and camera bodies go, but lenses are forever. In today’s episode, each host will discuss a lens system they invested heavily in for their 35mm and 120 systems. While many of us have multiple systems, it would be an incredibly long episode if we all discussed every system. Today, we’re talking about twoRead More →

We’re kicking off season ten with a little game, which is much harder than it sounds! Join Alex as he sits down with Daren from Learn Film Photography, Dmitri from Analog Cafe, and Yvonne Hanson, a fashion photographer and YouTuber who are the force behind the online game “What the Film”, a game that pits your knowledge of film stocks against the images created by members of the online community. The conversation also spills over into discussing everyone’s plans for 2024, what got them into photography and a little tasty camera made from Gingerbread. You can play the game at https://www.analog.cafe/app/what-the-film and see how youRead More →

Well, we made it to the end of another year, and the whole team is back around the table for one final episode, including a special guest, John Meadows. If you remember, at the start of the year, we all shared some of our photographic and personal goals, so we’re coming back around and sharing how we all did. Not to feel guilty if we didn’t make it but rather to be encouraging. The team also discusses the joy of photography and what photography can bring during the holiday season. For those who are new to the show this season, here are some handy links!Read More →