We love our own cameras so for the most part will bring something we’re used to or have some experience with to the table for the past episodes. So for November we’re switching it up, throwing a wrench in the works…we’re doing a mystery camera challenge! That’s right each host has selected a camera from their collection (to make things fair/easy the only criteria was that it had to be a 120 camera, and we all used the same film Rollei RPX xxx) and not told anyone else, then we each pull a name from a hat and use that person’s camera.
Cameras featured on Today’s Show…
One of the under-dog cameras in the 6×4.5 lineup, the Pentax 645 was not a system camera like the Mamyia but is a solid workhorse of a camera and is Alex’s Medium Format ‘snap-shot’ camera, which is why he chose to bring this camera to the table. But it wasn’t Alex shooting the camera, that honour went to Donna who loved the camera and really wants to steal it from Alex in his sleep.
- Make: Pentax
- Model: 645
- Type: Single Lens Reflex
- Format: Medium Format (120/220) 6×4.5
- Lens: Interchangeable, Pentax K645 Mount
- Year(s) of Manufacture: 1984
Designed as a smaller form-factor press camera to get away from the bulky 4×5 press cameras the Mamyia Universal was one of the final iterations of the Mamyia Press line. Designed to be a full out system camera with interchangeable format backs, interchangeable lenses and an action grip. Mike really enjoyed the camera especially with the action grip and massive 6×9 back.
- Make: Mamyia
- Model: Universal
- Type: Rangefinder
- Format: Medium Format, Multiple (Back Dependent)
- Lens: Interchangeable, Mamyia Breach Lock
- Year(s) of Manufacture: 1969
Alex was the proud user of Donna’s Lubitel 2, this Russian TLR is a favourite among film shooters as it’s just plain awesome considering it is a Soviet Camera. And for Alex a bit of nostalga as his first TLR experience was with the Lubitel 2. Cheap, well made, and a fantastic lens this is a great camera to introduce someone to the wonders of TLR photography.
- Make: Lomo
- Model: Lubitel 2
- Type: Twin Lens Reflex
- Format: Medium Format, 120, 6×6
- Lens: Fixed, Lomo T-22 75mm f/4.5
- Year(s) of Manufacture: 1954-1980
Sadly the camera that John had picked out for the Mystery Camera Challenge was a Ricoh Diacord, which had some issues in the cold wet weather during the shooting day so it was a DOAcord. But that didn’t stop John, he had his fresh from the repair shop Kodak Medalist. This bulky camera shoots huge 6×9 negatives and was a favourite of the US Navy.
- Make: Kodak
- Model: Medalist
- Type: Rangefinder
- Format: Medium Format, 620, 6×9
- Lens: Kodak Ektar 100mm f/3.5
- Year(s) of Manufacture: 1941
And to end off the show we have a special interview with Jacques Brodeur of Argentix.ca a wonderful photo supply shop out of Quebec and currently the only Canadian source for colour film developing chemistry!
And a special thanks to Knox Presbyterian Church Milton for letting us record at their facilities for this episode!
Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix…check out Burlington Camera, Downtown Camera, Film Plus, Belle Arte Camera and Camtech, if you’re in the GTA region of Ontario, if you’re on the West Coast (British Columbia) check out Beau Photo Supply. Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.