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Classic Camera Revival – Episode 25 – The Minolta Warriors

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Cameras Featured on Today’s Episode

Minolta SRT-102 – This mechanical beast is an all mechanical, match-needle SLR. It has all the same features as the SRT-101 but what sets it apart is a hot shoe for a standard flash. From the viewfinder, you have both your aperture and shutter speed displayed which helps with setting the exposure without loosing the scene. Through the rest of the world, the camera is known as the SRT Super or SRT-303.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 25 - The Minolta Warriors

  • Make: Minolta
  • Model: SRT-102
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangeable, Minolta MD
  • Year of Manufacture: 1973

Evening Dog Walk
Minolta SRT-102 – MC Rokkor-PG 50mm 1:1.5 – Fomapan 200 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:30 @ 20C

Goof
Minolta SRT-102 – MC Rokkor-PG 50mm 1:1.5 – Ilford HP5+ – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ 20C

Weekend Retreat
Minolta SRT-102 – MC Rokkor-PG 50mm 1:1.5 – ORWO UN54 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:00 @ 20C

Minolta XE-5 – A less advanced version of the Minolta XE-7 (or XE/XE-1), this metering is either full manual or aperture priority. The camera does require a battery to function but there is a manual override that has a fixed shutter speed. It was not sold in Japan.

Minolta XE-5

  • Make: Minolta
  • Model: XE-5
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangeable, Minolta MD
  • Year of Manufacture: 1975

Never Gets Old
Minolta XE-5 – Minolta Rokkor PF 58mm ƒ/1.4 – Fujichrome Sensia 100

Lakeside View
Minolta XE-5 – Minolta Rokkor PF 58mm ƒ/1.4 – Fujichrome Sensia 100

Beach Log
Minolta XE-5 – Minolta Rokkor PF 58mm ƒ/1.4 – Fujichrome Sensia 100

Minolta Maxxum 700si – Taking a huge jump into the 90s the Maxxum 700si is a solid and accessible choice for getting into film photography. It takes readily available 35mm film, it’s entirely automated, cheap, easy to use, and with the Minolta A-Mount if you use the Sony line of Alpha digital SLRs, your full-frame lenses couple perfectly with the camera.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 25 - The Minolta Warriors

  • Make: Minolta
  • Model: Maxxum 700si
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangeable, Minolta A-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1993

Toronto - November 2016
Minolta Maxxum 700si – AF Maxxum 35-70mm 1:4 – Kodak Panatomic-X @ ASA-32 – Blazinal (1+50) 10:00 @ 20C

Toronto - November 2016
Minolta Maxxum 700si – AF Maxxum 35-70mm 1:4 – Kodak Panatomic-X @ ASA-32 – Blazinal (1+50) 10:00 @ 20C

Toronto - November 2016
Minolta Maxxum 700si – AF Maxxum 35-70mm 1:4 – Kodak Panatomic-X @ ASA-32 – Blazinal (1+50) 10:00 @ 20C

The FP4Party!back in August of 2016 and it’s been gaining some traction on Twitter, even Ilford is loving this! And yes, we at CCR are big fans of FP4+! So if you want to follow along and join in the fun, you can follow the twitter feed at #FP4party.

Project:1812 - Battle of the Chateauguay
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 6:00 @ 20C

Waiting for the Streecar
Rolleiflex 3.5E3 – Schneider-Kruzenack Xenotar 75mm/3.5 – Ilford FP4+ – Rodinal (1+50) 14:00 @ 20C

Sherman Falls 2011
Rolleiflex 3.5E – Schneider-Kruzenack Xenotar 75mm/3.5 – Ilford FP4+ – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 7:00 @ 20C

Seneca Behind The Bush
Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash – Kodak Meniscus Lens f=75mm f/14.5 – Ilford FP4+ – Ilford Ilfosol 3 (1+14) 7:30 @ 20C

Yes, that’s right, at the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of this month Kodak Alaris announced they would be releasing a new version of Ektachrome E100! The new film is due to be released in Q4 of this year! The film is not a return of dead stock but a fresh new version. We at CCR are looking forward to getting our hands on the material and should have an in-depth review of the material in either December or January next year!

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
Downtown Bristol VA/TN – Co-Host Alex had a chance to eat here back in March of last year as was rather impressed with the food!
Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Kodak Ektachrome E100VS – Processing By: Old School Photo Lab

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. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. 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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 24 – Something New

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So we’ve come to the end of another year and another season of the Classic Camera Revival Podcast! So why not look back at the year that was and check out what new things the gang has discovered!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Episode…

Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – While not a new camera for Mike, what’s new for him is finding a Working example of this fine SLR from Cold War Germany! With Carl Zeiss Optics and Semi-Automatic Exposure it’s a great little camera that feels good in the hand.

CCR Review 48 - Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B

The Dirt

  • Make: Zeiss Ikon
  • Model: Contaflex Super B
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135, 35x24mm
  • Year of Manufacture: 1963

Tasty Treats
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 35mm ƒ/3.2 – Fujifilm Reala 100

Missing A Bar
Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm ƒ/2.8 – Fujicolor 100 @ ASA-50

Positioning
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm ƒ/2.8 – Fuji NPS160

Cambo Legend 8×10 – Donna’s trip to the large side saw her pick up a wonderful 8×10 monorail, easy to use and a cheap way to get started on the very expensive side of large format photography!

The Dirt

  • Make: Cambo
  • Model: Legend
  • Type: View Camera, Monorail
  • Format: Sheet, 8×10
  • Year of Manufacture: 1990s

Film Featured on Today’s Episode…

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400 – A brand new, redeveloped film stock from Bellamy, the gentleman behind the popular Japan Camera Hunter site and supplier of rare and odd cameras to the North American market from Japan. He decided to bring back a reformulated version of an Agfa Surveillance film. Remember, it’s not dead stock, it’s fresh! You can buy it directly from Japan Camera Hunter at his site, or pick up a roll or two from Downtown Camera in Toronto, Ontario!

TFSM - Summer '16
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ @ 20C

TFSM - Fall '16
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – JCH Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Ilford Perceptol (1+1) 10:00 @ 20C

Ending the Day
Nikon F5 – AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G – JCH Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Ilford Ilfosol 3 (1+3) 5:00 @ 20C

ORWO UN54+ – Another old/new discovery. ORWO is another film from the former Soviet Block that has continued being manufactured. There are two flavours that have made it to the North American Market, an ASA-100 UN54 and ASA-400 N74. These are wonderful films and can be purchased through ORWO North America.

Getting Ready at the Rink
Nikkormat FT2 – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Orwo UN54 @ ASA-100 – Rodinal (1+100) 60:00 (Semi-Stand)

Texting and Walking
Nikkormat FT2 – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Orwo UN54 @ ASA-100 – Rodinal (1+100) 60:00 (Semi-Stand)

CCR Review 50 - Olympus OM-1
Olympus OM-1 – Olympus F.Zuiko 1:1.8 f=50mm – ORWO UN54+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. A 7:30 @ 20C

CCR Review 48 - Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 2,8/50 – ORWO UN54+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:00 @ 20C

Developers Featured on Today’s Episode…

Kodak D-23 – An old developer in the photographic world, but a new one from Alex. He discovered it after looking at developers that he hadn’t tried and could be easily made. He was pretty impressed with the first roll he pulled! You can pick up a kit from Photographer’s Formulary!

Project:1812 - The Forts of Prairie Du Chien
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 6:00 @ 20C

Munsing Falls
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford Pan F+ @ ASA-50 – Kodak D-23 (1+1) 8:30 @ 20C

Project:1812 - The Battle of Baltimore
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Tri-X 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 7:30 @ 20C

Fine Art Photo Supply FA-1027 – FA-1027 came across Alex’s Radar after hearing it mentioned on an episode of the Film Photography project and after hearing it described he wanted to give it a shot. This is a liquid developer that seems to give good results in most films developed in it. Good tone, fine grain! You can pick it up through the Photographer’s Formulary!

52:500c - Week 26 - Close to Home
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Rollei RPX 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:30 @ 20C

Astrolab
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Ilford Delta 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:00 @ 20C

CCR Review 49 - Minolta Maxxum 700si
Minolta Maxxum 700si – Maxxum Zoom AF 35-70mm 1:4 – Eastman Double-X (5222) @ ASA-200 – FA-1027 (1+19) 10:00 @ 20C

Fur Trade Museum
Intrepid – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125 (Orange) – Kodak TMax 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:30 @ 20C

LegacyPro Eco Developer – The Eco developer is part of a line of photo chemistry from LegacyPro, the Eco Ascorbic Acid developer is a clone to Kodak Xtol, you can even use the Xtol times for film with this developer. It’s cheaper than it’s Kodak cousin and is actually more environmentally friendly! You can pick up a kit through Argentix.ca!

LegacyPro Mic-X – A recreation of Kodak Microdol-X a well loved developer that Kodak stopped producing. So the folks at LegacyPro took a chance and recreated the legendary developer and now sell it as Mic-X! You can pick up a kit through Argentix.ca!

That’s it for 2016, it’s been a wild year for film and there’s still a lot more for us to cover, so we’ll be getting back to recording in the new year to bring you a third season! That’s right, bigger shows, more guests, and of course lots of filmtastic fun! Maybe even another meet ‘n greet somewhere in this great province!

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. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. 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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 23 – The Good, The Blad, and the Ugly

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So what makes a Hasselblad a Hasselblad! The whole crew sits down to talk about the magic that is the Hasselblad 500 series of cameras as three of the gang have them, but all four have shot with it. Don’t worry we’re not going fanatical over the camera but rather take a critical look at this iconic camera. Over the course of the show, we’ll be discussing mostly the 500 series of cameras, today known as the V-System as it was known after the introduction of the digital H-System in 2002.

CCR - Review 19 - Hasselblad 500c
Alex’s Hasselblad 500c.

The Dirt

  • Make: Hasselblad
  • Model: 500c and 500c/m
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Lens: Interchangeable, Hasselblad V-Mount
  • Format: Multiple (Back Dependent)
  • Year of Manufacture: 1957 – 2013

Château Frontenac
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Portra 400 @ ASA-400 – Processing By: Burlington Camera

Project:1812 - The Battle of Tippecanoe
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 6:00 @ 20C

Logs in the forest
Hasselblad 500C/M – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Rollei PRX 400 – Rodinal (1+100) 1:00:00 @ 20C

Water Treatment Plant, Toronto
Hasselblad 500C/M – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Rollei Retro 80s @ ASA-80 – Rodinal (1+50) 14:00 @ 20C

Upl - HasselbladFoma100 - PRTSCN01
Hasselblad 500C/M – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 T* – Foma Fomapan 100 @ ASA-100

HasselbladTFSMFoma100-1-12
Hasselblad 500C/M – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 T* – Foma Fomapan 100 @ ASA-100

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. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. 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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 22 – Cream of the Crap

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Sometimes it just feels good to let it all out and that’s exactly what we’re doing! The gang clears the air and discusses the cameras they love to hate along with the film stocks they aren’t too pleased in as well!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Show…

Bonica SQ-Am – Now Alex already has a love/hate relationship with the Bronica SQ system, but the SQ-Am takes the cake for him. The camera is loud bulky and chews through batteries like they were ancient NiCad rechargeables. Who integrates a motor drive on a 6×6 SLR anyways!

The Dark Lord

The Dirt:

  • Make: Bronica
  • Model: SQ-Am
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format, 6×6
  • Lens: Interchangeable, Bronica Bayonet Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1983

Oakville - Febuary 2012
Zenza Bronica SQ-Am – Zenzanon-PS 65mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX

Oakville - Febuary 2012
Zenza Bronica SQ-Am – Zenzanon-PS 65mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX

Oakville - Febuary 2012
Zenza Bronica SQ-Am – Zenzanon-PS 65mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX

Zenit 3m – Three swings and three misses for John with the Zenit 3m, he really only brought it to use the cult classic Helios 44m lens, but when shutter issues kept plaguing him he went the adapter route and threw it on a Canon EOS and hasn’t looked back. At least they’re cheap.

Zenith 3M & Industar 50mm F3.5
Photo Care of Clicks_1000

The Dirt:

  • Make: KMZ
  • Model: Zenit 3m
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangeable, M39 (non-LTM)
  • Year of Manufacture: 1962-1970

Naima

Shooting film

Naima on film

Halina 35x – A Hong Kong made copy that looks like a Leica but is far from it. Poor quality, heavy, terrible lens, it’s not even quirky enough to be a good toy camera.

Praktica RIAD03202013 - Frame 23

The Dirt:

  • Make: Haking
  • Model: Halina 35x
  • Type: Point & Shoot
  • Format: 135, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Halina Anistigmat 1:3.5 f=45mm
  • Year of Manufacture: 1959

Diana – While many see this as a loveable plastic toy camera, Donna isn’t too impressed with it. A tendency to have serious light leaks and a poor performance on the lens, she would rather see people use the FPP Debonair!

Diana
Photo Care of Tony Kemplen

The Dirt:

  • Make: Great Wall Plastic Co
  • Model: Diana
  • Type: Point & Shoot
  • Format: Medium Format, 4.5×6
  • Lens: Fixed, Single Element Meniscus
  • Year of Manufacture: 1960s

Film Featured on Today’s Show…

Ilford Delta 400 – No matter what Alex does he just can’t bring himself to love Delta 400, poor contrast and muddy grain especially in the 35mm format makes this film a looser in his books.

CCR - Review 4 - Canon AE-1 Program
Canon AE-1 Program – Canon FD Lens 50mm 1:1.4 – Ilford Delta 400 – Ilford DD-X (1+4) 8:00 @ 20C

Toronto - New Year's Day
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford Delta 400 – Ilford DD-X (1+4) 8:00 @ 20C

Fomapan 200 – While John would expect Fomapan 200 to be a decent film after enjoying the Fomapan 100 emulsion he just can’t stand the look, it’s soft, grainy, and just bad. The FPP EDU 200 is based on Fomapan 200 but is much sharper as it’s the surveillance version of the film.

The Bridge
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Fomapan 200 @ ASA-200 – Blazinal (1+25) 5:30 @ 20C

Levering Cabin
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Fomapan 200 @ ASA-200 – Blazinal (1+25) 5:30 @ 20C

Shanghai GP3 – Mike’s biggest beef with this film is quality control. Sometimes you get a good roll, other times you get the frame numbers bleeding through. Or that the emulsion is peeling off, or the film you thought was 5×7, wasn’t really. But if you get a good roll (rarely these days), it’s not such a bad film.

Winding..
An example of the good…
Calumet CC400 4×5 Monorail – Kodak Ektar 127mm ƒ/4.7 – Shanghai GP3 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 8:00 @ 20C

M-119 - Tunnel of Trees
An example of the bad…
Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Shanghai GP3 @ ASA-100 – Ilford Ilfosol 3 1+9 8:00 @ 20C

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. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. 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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 21 – The Great Nikon Show

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It’s the great Nikon show, specifically talking about the Nikon F line of cameras and to narrow it down even more, the highly prized single digit F line, or Nikon’s professional line of cameras! Since we’re all about pre-2000 we’re leaving out the F6 (which isn’t really marketed as a professional camera) and focusing on the F, F2, F3, F4, and F5 cameras! On air for this episode is John Meadows, Alex Luyckx, and guest co-host Bill Smith!

All in the (F)amily
All in the F(amily)!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Show…

Nikon F – The one that started it all! The Nikon F was the camera that introduced the world to the professional SLR system camera, where the user could customize the camera to any configuration that they need to get the shot. It also cut its professional teeth in the damp jungles of Vietnam.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1959-1974

CCR - Review 28 - Nikon F Photomic FTn

Vintage Jag
Nikon F – Nikkor-S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm – Ilford Delta 100

Columns
Nikon F – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Kodak Tri-X 400 – Kodak Xtol (1+1)

CCR - Review 28 - Nikon F Photomic FTn
Nikon F – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-125 – Kodak DK-50 (1+1) 5:00 @ 20C

Nikon F2 – The beauty that really carried on the tradition of the Nikon F but did so with style. It will also take you through the end of days and get fantastic photos as a result. Even today this is still a great camera to get your hands on, especially the later model units that would even have working meters still.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F2
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1971-1980

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 15 - Mechanical Madness

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Nikon F2a – AI-S Nikkor 200mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektar 100

Smile :D
Nikon F2 Photomic – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Holga 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 9:30 @ 20C

Urban Desolation
Nikon F2 – Nikkor-N Auto 1:2.8 f=28mm – Rollei Retro 80s – Kodak D-23 (1+1) 13:00

Nikon F3 – The F3 was a radical departure for Nikon moving to an electronic semi-automatic (aperture priority) camera. While many photographers resisted this move, as the camera would not operate at all shutter speeds if it didn’t have battery power, it soon because one of the longest produced Nikon camera reaching all the way to the year 2000, outlasting both it’s successors in the F4 and F5.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F3
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1980-2000

CCR - Review 24 - Nikon F3

Base of the Bloor Street Viaduct
Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 28mm 1:2.8 – Adox CMS 20 II @ ASA-20 – Diafine 3+3

CCR - Review 24 - Nikon F3
Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-125 – Ilford Microphen (1+1) 10:00 @ 20C

Lindsay 1
Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Ilford Delta 400 – Kodak TMax Developer (1+9)

Nikon F4 – When it comes to camera meters, you really cannot beat the F4. This beast of a camera was the first Nikon professional camera to sport an autofocus system and a matrix metering system. The metering system was based on the earlier Nikon FA and even today Nikon digital cameras meters are based on the F4’s.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F4
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1988-1997

CCR - Review 1 - Nikon F4

Svema Micrat-Orto - Test Roll 2 - Fifty Point Conservation Area
Nikon F4 – PC Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 – Svema Micrat-Orto (FPP Super Postive Slide Film) @ ASA-0.75 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 14:00 @ 20C

Man by the Beach: Colour version
Nikon F4 – Nikon Series E 75-150mm 1:3.5- Svema Colour 125

Plattsburg, New York - Eastman 5363
Nikon F4 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D – Eastman 5363 @ ASA-25 – PMK Pyro (1+2+100) 11:00 @ 20C

Nikon F5 – The penultimate Nikon Professional SLR. The F5 was the final 35mm professional SLR and became the base for the D1, the first professional Digital SLR released by Nikon. It’s Alex’s personal favourite when it comes to Autofocus SLRs and is his choice with the AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D for street photography.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F5
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1996-2004

CCR - Review 22 - Nikon F5

Gettysburg - Spring 2016
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D – Kodak Vision3 250D @ ASA-250 – Unicolor Rapid C-41 Kit

TFSM Winter '16 - Muddy York
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Kodak Tri-X 400 @ ASA-200 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 10:00 @ 20C

Astrolab
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Ilford Delta 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:00 @ 20C

If you’re wondering why we didn’t include the F6, well it’s because none of us own one so we really can’t speak to it also it was not really aimed at the professional market as by the time the F6 was released the pros had gone digital and the F6 was aimed at the advanced amateurs with deep pockets.

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. For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. 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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 20 – Our Top Twenty

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We recently posted a link to our Facebook page about the top twenty-two vintage cameras to buy and it generated a lot of discussion about the article. And while we agreed (mostly) on the cameras on the list we felt that there were some better choices for vintage gear that you should buy. So this month we’re giving you the Classic Camera Revival Top Twenty Vintage Cameras to buy!

In no particular order…

Nikon F2 – This mechanical beauty won’t let you down whatever model you pickup!
Pentax 645 – Simple, Easy, Great way to get into Medium Format without breaking the bank
Nikon FM – Pure Photography at it’s best, all mechanical and has great lenses backing it up
Nikon F3 – One of the best, and most affordable semi-auto professional cameras out there
Crown Graphic – Great way to get into shoot-from-the-hip Large Format!
Olympus OM-2 – A Cult Classic and certainly won’t let you down
Voitlander Bessa R – Prices of Leica’s getting you down, get the same quality and have a meter to boot
Cambo Legend 8×10 – Go big or go home, probably the cheapest and simplest way to get into 8×10!
Bronica EC – The cousin to the Hasselblad, with Nikkor Glass, and a cheaper price
Canon T90 – FD Photography at it’s finest fast, functional, and a solid price point.
Contax 645 – Have some more money to spend and want a photographer’s dream then this camera is for you!
Contax AX – Autofocus with Carl Zeiss lenses, this pro camera is rare but a dream to use
Canon F-1 – Built like a tank and designed to last.
Exaka Verex 1000TC – Solid mechanical performance out of East Germany
Fed 2 – A better choice in M39 rangefinders from the 1950s easier to use and a better price point!
Nikon F90x/N90s – Fast Auto-Focus, Solid Metering and affordable!
Pentax Spotmatic – Doesn’t get better than the original, plus your lenses are radioactive!
Rolleiflex – The Ferrari of TLRs, but you don’t need a Zeiss one to get solid performance
Mamyia RB/RZ67 – If you ever wanted to shoot with a cinder-block this is your camera, but it takes beautiful images!
Olympus Pen F – Half-Frame SLR fun, this unique camera won’t disappoint!

Do you agree? What cameras would you put on your list, shoot us an email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com

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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 19 – The Great Yellow Father

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The 12th of July is the birthday of the Late George Eastman, one of the many who has brought this wonderful medium of photography to the masses. So in the film community, we call it Kodak Day. So this month we discuss all things Kodak! And we also welcome Andrew Hiltz, a resident of Rochester, New York, as a special guest co-host!

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Kodak World Headquarters in Rochester, New York
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Cameras Featured on Today’s Show…

Kodak Signet 35 – The Signet 35 was the top dog in Kodak Rangefinders following the Second World War. An all metal camera mounting the top glass of the day, the Kodak Ektar. This camera clearly does not disappoint.

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The Kodak Signet 35 was probably one of the best of the small 35mm fixed lens rangefinders. I mentioned about the sunny 16 plate on the back of the camera. Here shows you the films depending on speed.. What type of light, and how the shutter and aperture lineups should work out.
You can easily change the names of the film to film speeds.
Kodachrome can be ISO25
Pan-X is 32 (or 50)
Plus-X is 100 (125)
Super-XX is 200 (250)
The speeds there are rough estimates, well not really, and will give you the speeds you need. You can adjust from there and correlate your shutter and aperture accordingly.

Make: Kodak
Model: Signet 35
Type: Rangefinder
Format: 35mm, 35×24
Lens: Fixed, Kodak Ektar 44mm f/3.5
Years Manufactured: 1951-1957

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Kodak Retina IIa

Make: Kodak
Model: Retina IIa
Type: Rangefinder
Format: 35mm, 35×24
Lens: Fixed, Schneider-Kruzenack Xenar 50mm 1:2
Years Manufactured: 1939-1954

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The George Eastman House – The former home of George Eastman the man behind Kodak is now a museum and archive dedicated to teaching about Mr. Eastman and preserving photographic history with a vast collection of cameras, motion picture films, and photographs from all the great masters of the craft.

The George Eastman House
The main entrance to the George Eastman House
Intrepid – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125 – Kodak TMax 100 @ ASA-32 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:00 @ 20C

George Eastman House - Gardens
It’s not just cameras, photography, and motion pictures, the GEH has some beautiful gardens around the house.
Intrepid – Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 1:5.6/210 – Kodak TMax 100 @ ASA-32 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:00 @ 20C

George Eastman House - May 2016
A Copy of George Eastman’s suicide note, reads: My friends, my work is done. Why wait? GE
Sony a6000 – Sony E PZ 16-50mm 1:3.5-5.6 OSS

Kodak and the Lumenizing Process – Andrew and Alex take a chance to discuss Kodak’s first lens coating technology known as Lumenizing. The process was developed in the early 1940s for some military purposes once the USA entered the Second World War, but lenses did not have with the tell-tale L until 1946. The process would improve contrast and colour reproduction in an often poorer quality lens and only make their top lenses, the Kodak Ektar even better. If you want to read more check out this blog!

Alex’s Kodak Ektar 203mm f/7.7 with the L marking visible

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Modified Anniversary Speed Graphic – Kodak Ektar f:7.7 203mm – Kodak Ektar 100

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Modified Anniversary Speed Graphic – Kodak Ektar f:7.7 203mm (Orange 22) – Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TX) – PMK Pyro (1+2+100) 10:30 @ 24C

Working for Kodak – We are of course rather lucky to have a former Kodak employee on our team. That’s right, Donna is a former employee of Kodak Canada located in Toronto, Ontario. During her time there she worked in various roles. However these days there isn’t much left of the Toronto plant as it was closed and mostly demolished save the historic Building 9.

Building 9
Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 75mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Ektar 100

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Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 75mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Ektar 100

Returned To Kodak
Calumet CC400 – Kodak Ektar 127mm ƒ/4.7 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-125 – Rodinal (1+50) 15:00 @ 20C

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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Kodachrome: Resurrection

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People have sung about it, there are parks named after it, and the mere mention of the name brings back many memories. But sadly Kodachrome is no longer made, and the K-14 process went the way of the Passenger Pigeon in 2010. And while many cry out to Kodak to bring back Kodachrome the simple fact is that it just isn’t possible anymore (or Green Peace would be protesting in Rochester, NY). But that hasn’t stopped Kelly-Shane Fuller from making a way to bring back colour development to Kodachrome. So John sat down with this mad scientist to hear how he did it.

And the proof is in the pudding: here is a sample of Kelly’s Kodachrome results!

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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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 18 – Size Doesn’t Matter

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In the words of Jedi Master Yoda, size matters not. And while many in the photography world don’t give a second glance to smaller cameras there’s no denying that in the film world there are plenty small ‘shirt pocket’ cameras that pack a decent punch in both usability and optical quality! So for June the team sits down to discuss some of these small wonders.

Cameras Featured on Today’s Show…

Olympus XA – Rangefinder power in your pocket, and not just any rangefinder the Olympus XA is the first of a series of cameras that make up the cult-followed XA line. Except the XA1, no one wanted that camera.

Make: Olympus
Model: XA
Type: Rangefinder
Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
Lens: Fixed, Olympus F.Zuiko 1:2.8 f=35mm
Year of Manufacture: 1979

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CCR Review 26 - Olympus XA

Canon 110ED 20 – While both Pentax and Minolta went with an SLR for their top-of-the-line 110 cameras, Canon decided to build a rangefinder. This is a great camera for those who love the 110 format with a solid glass lens, aperture-priority metering and a hotshoe!

Make: Canon
Model: 110ED 20
Type: Rangefinder
Format: 110
Lens: 26mm f/2
Year of Manufacture:1975

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Minox 35 EL – The clearest example of small but mighty the 35 EL is the smallest 35mm camera out there beating out even the XA but a centimeter or two.

Make: Minox
Model: 35 EL
Type: Point & Shoot
Format: 35mm, 35×24
Lens: Color-Minotar 1:2,8 f=35mm
Year of Manufacture: 1974

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Minox EL test roll

Canon IXUS Elph Jr. – This compact APS camera give you power in your pocket and certainly a good choice if you want to give APS a try. But watch out, the film stock is finite at this point. If you think it looks familiar, you’re right, as some early Canon Digital P&S cameras are based on this body.

Make: Canon
Model: IXUS Elph Jr.
Type: Point & Shoot
Format: Advanced Photo System (APS)
Lens: Canon Lens 26mm 1:2.8
Year of Manufacture: 1997

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Image Foundry – A new business in Toronto that offers fast turn around time for all your E-6 & B&W Processing needs. Located in the Junction for easy drop-off and pickup. Check them out at: imagefoundry.ca! Mike’s been using their services and has nothing but good things to say about them! If you pop in, tell Dimitri.. Mike sent you!

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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

Classic Camera Revival – Agfa, Ansco, GAF, and the Third Reich

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In the convoluted times that was the Second World War the American photographic industry saw some interesting changes in Up-State New York, specifically in the city of Binghamton. So Alex took a trek down to Rochester, NY to speak to photographer Andrew Hiltz who has done extensive research into Ansco, Agfa, GAF, and the Third Reich. A short summary, Ansco was founded in 1842 as E. Anthony & Co, by 1901 the family has picked up the camera business of Scovill Manufacturing, becoming Anthony & Scovill, this would be combined to become Ansco before 1905. By 1928 the company has merged with German camera giant Agfa. In fact many Ansco cameras are re-branded Agfa cameras. But the USA did not directly enter World War II when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, but there was already trouble in Binghampton fearing German spies and influences. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of War on German the US government took action against an enemy company on allied soil and rolled everything up into General Aniline & Film (GAF) by 1941. While the company continued to operate well into the 1960s, today GAF no longer produces anything photographic, but rather building materials are the company’s product these days.

Ansco Super Memar with Solagon 50mm f/2 lens and Synchro-Compur shutter
An Ansco Super Memar — a rebrand of the Agfa Silette.

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Ansco Super Memar – Agfa Solagon 1:2/50 – Kodak Tri-X 400

Quietude
Ansco Super Memar – Agfa Solagon 1:2/50 – Kodak Ektar 100

Ansco Autoset CdS with Rokkor 45mm f/2.8
A GAF Ansco Autoset — a rebrand of a Minolta Hi-Matic

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.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival