This year it was a real shame that Polaroid Week just snuck up on me. It serves me right for not watching social media a little more closely. But I still managed to get out on the last day to get some Instant film shooting in. This year I was sort of limited. My wonderful Automatic Land Camera Model 250 has a dead battery and I didn’t have time to fix it up with the AAA battery fix. Also I didn’t get in any order from Impossible to run my Spectra (the only Integral Polaroid I have working), and didn’t get a couple packs ofRead More →

When it comes to bare-bones Mechanical SLRs, the Zenit 122K is as bare-bones as they come. This mostly plastic camera comes from the rather odd times right near the end of the Cold War and Soviet rule in Russia. I mean it’s pretty basic even for someone who just wants to learn how to use an all manual camera. But oddly enough the camera still looks cool, in fact at forty yards you might think it a Contax RTS III or similar camera with a squat prism and all black with white lettering, but don’t be fooled this camera is no Contax…not by a longRead More →

The Signet 35 was the top dog in the Kodak 35mm line following WW2, this beautiful all metal rangefinder had it’s top lens, the Ektar mounted on the front, a shutter that could go up to 1/300″ and an accessory shoe. This was the snapshot camera for the wealthy and the elite, and today it works as great as it looks. The Signet 35 like many other Kodak cameras of the day was designed by their top designer, Arthur H Crapsey. I was loaned this camera again by Mike Bitaxi to review and I was actually really happy with the results I got out ofRead More →

The Yashica FR-I is another one of those late 20th century 35mm SLR, based on the Yashica FR and Contax RTS it’s an aperture priority camera which already gives it a plus in my books. And with the C/Y mount you have a pile of great lenses available. However the camera itself has, at least for me, some usability issues that really turned me off the camera as a whole. The Dirt Make: Yashica Model: FR-I Type: 35mm, Single Lens Reflex Lens: Interchangeable, Contax/Yashica Mount Years Manufactured: 1977-1981 The Good Over all this is a comfortable camera to work with, clean lines, nice big shutterRead More →

Ah and sorry about the delay but the V700 scanner I had ordered took a bit to actually come in! So I’m about four weeks behind, but these will come out one a day until I’m caught up then follow a somewhat regular posting schedule. But let’s get started! This is where I work, the Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) of Sheridan College in Mississauga Ontario. My division within the Information Technology Department, the IT Solutions Center was moved here last April from our old office at Oakville’s Trafalgar Campus. I was initial wary of the move as it really increased my commute time, and moreRead More →

August 19th has become known as World Photography day, as it celebrates the anniversary that France, where modern photography was born gave the secret to the world, for free for all. How about that. This year it sadly crept up on me so I had to rush to get a couple cameras into the field over the course of the work day. But I was actually really pleased with the results I got, not to mention the stares and comments about using an old Polaroid Pack Camera. Polaroid Automatic Model 250 Land Camera – Polaroid Chocolate Olympus Trip 35 – D.Zuiko 40mm f/2.8 – KodakRead More →

I apologize for posting these so late but with moving to a new office it threw off my grove for a week, but I’m back and in a new space which is a lot nicer than my old office. My division within Sheridan was moved from the Trafalgar Campus in Oakville to the HMC campus is downtown Mississauga. And well I love it, there’s windows, lots of natural light, and some new photographic opportunities. Sure it adds a bit onto my daily commute but I still don’t have to any freeways to get to work so that’s a plus in my books. I should haveRead More →

Another “No Theme” week as the battery in my Nikon F3, which I put into it when I first got the camera a good four-five years ago now finally gave up the ghost and I’ve been having trouble getting a replacement. So I grabbed the next best camera that I could, my all mechanical Nikon FM2. Oddly enough the FM2 was the original choice for the project and from here on in will the camera of choice for the rest of the project (mostly because it only uses the battery for the meter, unlike the F3 which needs power to even release the shutter). TheRead More →

Week Nine and I chose not to have a theme, well two reasons, one I was sick (cold, much better now), and my original idea was squished because well I couldn’t do it as the training I was supposed to go to Toronto for was canned. So I just carried the camera with me through the whole week and took photos of what I thought was pleasing to me. Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 Dev: Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20CRead More →

As you may know the human eye can only see a small part of the full light spectrum in the world. This is known as the visible spectrum, and it is what photography works with…mostly. Using special films and filters you can actually photograph in the infrared spectrum. I recently came into possesion of several rolls of Infrared film, sadly not the famous Kodak HIE, but two rolls of Konica IR750, a bunch of (highly sought after) Efke IR820, a roll of (sort of infrared) Ilford SFX200, and bought some Rollei Infrared film. So I purchased a nice Kenko R72 filter big enough to screwRead More →