When Pentax developed their K-Mount, they decided that this, like the M42 they had used before would become the standard for bayonet mount SLRs. And while the K-Mount remains to this day pretty much untouched it did not become the standard with Nikon and Canon developing their own lens mounts. However this didn’t stop other companies from latching onto the K-Mount band wagon and several clones soon popped up. One such camera was the XR7 by Ricoh (oddly enough it was Ricoh that ended up buying up Pentax). And what a camera the XR7 is, this is a small light weight semi-automatic SLR that canRead More →

During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor was the major US Naval base on Lake Ontario, home base to Commodore Isaac Chauncy’s squadron and primary shipyard for the navy. In 1812 the Royal Navy had bombarded the base with little effect, but in 1813 following the American capture of Fort George. General Vincent having fallen back to Burlington Heights sent a message to Prevost and the newly appointed Commodore James Lucas Yeo that Chauncy’s entire squadron was at Niagara leaving Sackets Harbor for the most part undefended. The former navy point, serving today as a marina. The newly appointing commander of the Lake Ontario Squadron,Read More →

Well it’s not really a castle in any sense of the word, but this 1726 building in Old Fort Niagara has earned the moniker “The French Castle.” Constructed as part of the second fortifications at the mouth of the Niagara, the French first came to the region in 1678. However due to illness and lack of supplies the site was abandoned. The current fortifications on site date to 1726 as has remained occupied since. The British took the fort in a siege in 1759 during the French-Indian War (Seven Years War), it continued to remain a British stronghold through the American Revolution, but was turnedRead More →

Every year in NYC Photo District News (PDN) puts on a big show (what show!?!) in New York City known as the Photo Plus Expo, this will have been my third year attending the show and it is by far my favourite camera trade show out there. Although there was no official FPP meetup this year, the powers that be (Michael Raso) gave permission for myself and Hunter (Man-On-The-Street) to put together a small gathering, in the end there were four of us, Hunter, Brian, Brandon, and I took to the floor. We also met up with Phil from The Darkroom, Tim from Kodak alarisRead More →

Week 42 is for those 21 years of age or older. Many will associate Cooperstown, NY with baseball, and while yes the town is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, it also holds something for fans of craft beer and other alcoholic drinks. The Cooperstown Beverage Tour is a route of six stops featuring three breweries, two wineries, and a cider mill. So why not combine two loves of mine, beer and photography. While the wineries held no interest for me, I cut down the route to four locations, sadly I only had time to visit three of them as by the time IRead More →