Let’s face it; film photography can be fairly frustrating. A lot can go wrong, and some things can be more difficult when viewed through a modern context. But then there are some cameras, films, and processes that can be worth the effort as they deliver results that are something unique or special. So join Alex, John, and Bill as they discuss what they think is worth the effort! Cameras Zeiss Ikon Super-Ikonta 531/2 When it comes to folders, they offer a great deal of power in a small package. But the camera can be a bit of a bear and hard on the pocketbook. RegardingRead More →

As a follow-up to part one, where the team tackled the black & white motion picture films that have been creeping into the still photography lane, on this episode, we’re talking about the colour films that are available from the motion picture world that are becoming popular among still photographers as they are more readily available. But we are also bringing in some ringers, Bill Manning and Christina Haley from the Atlanta Film Co, to give us a breakdown and something Euphoric! The Atlanta Film Co is a collaboration between Bill Manning (formerly of the Studio C-41 1 Hour Podcast), Christian Haley (Lab Manager) andRead More →

The 1970s were weird. Polyester leisure suits, disco, drugs, and all the euphoria of the post-war boom before the crashing realisation of the 1980s. But it also was a major turning point for the photography market. You had the small form factor SLR hit the stage with the Olympus OM-1 and the beginnings of automation through electronics. Many camera makers picked a direction and went with it, but Canon, Canon had to be different. They went both ways and produced two forms of semi-automatic cameras, the EF and the A-1. So in today’s episode, Bill and John decide to take these two cameras out butRead More →

The team here digs into the cursed cameras as we get into the spooky season. Those that never worked right or had something strange going on made us want to call in a young priest and an old priest. These cameras include the Zenit 3m that John kept trying to find a working body, but at least got that sweet Helios 44 lens (in m39 mount), and even his one working body ended up having shutter issues. Bill and the Canon F-1 with a mysterious light leak due to a bad repair job. Alex and his struggles with the iconic Argus C3 and the strangeRead More →

In today’s episode, the team sets about discussing their favourite single malt scotches and whiskeys, well, not really. We consume some fine single-malt during our lively discussion about developing tanks and different systems for home processing, from the simple to the complex, steel, plastic, and constant rotation. Steel When it comes to a classic system, look no further than steel tanks and reels. These come in fixed sizes, and you must buy different reels for different formats. But the bonus is that you can use them wet. But not all reels are made equal; Hewes is the best brand for quality and ease of loading.Read More →

We’re going back to the Mystery Camera Challenge, only this time Alex is picking out cameras for the team from his collection and choosing cameras that will certainly challenge the folks who are used to certain types and styles of cameras. At the same time, Alex takes on a camera from John’s collection. The team also discusses tips and techniques for photographing the fall colours that will be coming sooner rather than later. Mystery Camera Challenge V This time around, Alex digs into his own camera collection, looking for cameras for our gang of misfits that aren’t exactly their bread and butter cameras. And comesRead More →

While Film Photography has been around for a while, some recent developments have occurred within the hobby and community. So in today’s episode, Alex, James, John, and Bill sit down to discuss the recently B&W developers they’ve been using and the newest photo-sharing site, Grainery! Developers Mentioned On Today’s Show 510-Pyro A new player in town, 510-Pyro, takes a typically toxic developer type and tones it down to something far safer than even Pyrocat-HD. First released in 2006 and refreshed in 2012, 510-Pyro is another magic bullet developer. It offers everything you love about a pyro developer; it gives you that desired stain on theRead More →

While we might be heading into the last days of Summer, that doesn’t mean we can’t look back and look forward to next year with the team’s favourite choices for film stocks during the hot and humid days of Canadian Summer. So join Alex, James, Jess, Bill and John and beat the heat with a cold beer. Film Mentioned on Today’s Show Lomography Purple Jess adores Purple in the summer. It has a way of turning the ordinary into the otherworldly. Although you want to shoot this in bright light with lots of contrast. When shooting under a canopy, the greens can get boring, andRead More →

In today’s episode, joining James, Bill, and John are two fellow film photographers, podcasters, YouTubers, and generally all-around amazing people, Matt Murray and Lucy Lumen from Australia. The team talks about all things film photographers across two parts of the British Commonwealth. You can find them if you aren’t following Matt and Lucy on Socials. Matt Matt Loves Cameras: podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/matt-loves-cameras/ Instagram: instagram.com/mattlovescameras YouTube: youtube.com/c/MattLovesCameras Lucy Lucy Lumen’s Podcast Adventure: podcasts.apple.com/lucy-lumens-podcast-adventure/ Instagram instagram.com/lucy_lumen YouTube: youtube.com/c/LucyLumensAnalogAdventures Want a subscription to SilverGrain Classics and are a fan of Classic Camera Revival? Visit their shop online and buy a magazine or a subscription? Looking for a good spot toRead More →

After a long delay, we’re continuing our drive into the professional model Nikon SLRs. The third version, or Nikon F3, came out in 1981 and marked a significant shift in design and internals. The Nikon F3 relied on battery power, went with a sleek new all-black design and had a proper industrial design to back up the change! The 1970s saw the introduction of semi-automation in SLRs along with the inclusion of electronic features. Nikon did introduce semi-automatic (aperture priority) exposure with the Nikkormat EL, EL2 and FE cameras. But it was stuck to trusted mechanical and manual exposure in their professional model, the NikonRead More →