Instant photography never lost its appeal, holding a “real”, physical photo immediately after it was taken is a magical experience, let’s find out what’s going on with those Instaxes and Polaroids!Continue reading “Unraveling the instant confusion, part one”
At the X Summit annual event, FujiFilm didn’t disappoint – a new flagship camera and a few significant lenses were announced.Continue reading “New FujiFilm medium format announcements”
After some hiatus, Panasonic has finally announced a new microFourThirds Lumix camera, G9 II, and updated two telephoto zoom lenses.Continue reading “New Panasonic microFourThirds announcements”
Polaroid just launched a new camera, a high-end model named I-2. It comes with LiDAR autofocus, full manual mode, a sharp lens, and can use all standard Polaroid film packs. It can connect to a smartphone using a Bluetooth connection, but it doesn’t come cheap.Continue reading “High-end Polaroid I-2 camera launched”
The second part of my adventure with Kodak Technical Pan. TL;DR: I shoot the only roll of Technical Pan I’ve had in Zenza Bronica GS-1, and developed it, despite having no Technidol, its designated developer.Continue reading “Shooting and developing Kodak Technical Pan film”
A new lens with an M42 screw mount exclusively was released in 2023! Is that a joke? Nope! Very much not a joke, but a new TTartisan 100mm F2.8 lens. Even better, it’s a Cooke triplet!Continue reading “A new, M42 mount-only lens in 2023. Seriously.”
A walk through a park and a vineyard with an ultra-wide-angle lens and Adox Color Mission film, in early May 2023.Continue reading “A walk with Adox Color Mission film, April-May 2023.”
Lomography has just released a new colour negative film from their LomoChrome series, a LomoChrome Color’92. It’s an ISO 400 standard C41 film that “provides a burst of retro charm and classic analogue character in any film shooting scenario”, with “fascinating blue hues, vibrant reds and delicate pastel undertones”.Continue reading “New film: LomoChrome Color’92”
I was given a roll of Kodak Technical Pan film, which expired in May 2001. I’ve been keeping it in the fridge for a decade, and just now decided it’s time to finally put it to good use.Continue reading “Adventures with Kodak Technical Pan film”
Yesterday evening, I developed two rolls of KosmoFoto Agent Shadow, 400ASA film, 17:30 min in Rodinal 1+50, minus some time for 22°C. Perfectly uneventful, both rolls turned out just fine. But I wouldn’t write a blog post about uneventful development…Continue reading “Film development mix-up”
Recently, I came into possession of a camera (and a lens) I borrowed almost fifteen years ago, used for a while, and returned to the owner – my cousin. The last time I used it, apparently, I screwed a 55-62mm step-up adapter into the lens front. What I missed was the fact that the filter thread was slightly bent and damaged, and screwing the adapter made it skip a thread and get stuck firmly. It looks awkward, now I have more filters in 55mm size, and I want it off.Continue reading “Operation successful, patient mangled”
My journey with digital photography, as a hobby, started with Pentax K100D Super, and an 18-55mm kit lens. In those early days, I really wanted a telephoto lens.
Specifically, I wanted the other, telephoto kit lens – smc Pentax-DA 50–200mm F4–5.6. Here, it will be compared to a similar, film-era lens – smc Pentax-FA 70–200mm F4–5.6.Continue reading “Comparing inexpensive Pentax zoom lenses, part I – telephoto lenses”
Ricoh-Pentax has announced the rumoured Pentax K-3 III Monochrome, a new version of the existing Pentax K-3 III DSLR, this time with no colour filter array on its 26-megapixel APS-C sensor.Continue reading “Ricoh-Pentax announces the first affordable monochrome-only digital camera”
When discussing camera systems, the discussion somehow always slips into holy wars, it’s always one system against the other, and one must always choose one over the other system. But, it’s always smarter not to exclude, but to include.Continue reading “Why it always must be this OR that, why not this AND that?”
After a few months of rumours and guesswork, the first alternative microFourThirds fast zoom lens has finally arrived – YN12–35mm F2.8–4M, as it is called by the manufacturer.
Is it any good, it remains to be seen, but judging by the size and weight, the lens is surprisingly chunky for the focal length range it is covering. Price also is on the high side – according to the official webshop, it is priced slightly below 400€.Continue reading “YongNuo 12–35mm microFourThirds lens finally gets released”
A few years ago I’ve started using a stop-bath in my black-and-white film development process, to speed up the process, and reduce wasting a lot of water.
I bought a bottle of Fomacitro stop-bath, that says it has an indicator component, it will change its colour once it gets exhausted, from orange-yellow to blue-green. But, I’ve never used a stop-bath before, I’ve never seen that colour shift, how would I know it is getting exhausted?
DPReview.com, a staple of digital photography for almost a full quarter of a century, is shutting down. According to the news, DPReview will continue to operate until the 10th of April 2023, after that date, it will operate in read-only mode for a shorter period of time.Continue reading “The end of an era”
It’s been some time since the announcement; new Kentmere films have arrived in the European shops. My initial speculation about the price was around 6€ for a roll, so it wouldn’t be able to out-price Fomapan films. I was almost right – prices are closer to 7€.Continue reading “Price update for Kentmere medium-format films”
As previously rumoured, new “stills” version of Laowa’s 6mm microFourThirds lens has been released. Now we know the price – 500 US$ plus shipping.Continue reading “New ultra-wide-angle lens for microFourThirds system announced”
The rumour mill is active again, this time, it looks like a new ultra-wide lens for the microFourThirds system is coming soon – Laowa C-Dreamer 6mm F2.Continue reading “As wide as it goes! A new microFourThirds wide-angle lens rumoured”
In a slowed-down economy, with slowed-down lens releases, any new lens is good news. If it’s a cheap lens, it’s even better, and with an ƒ/2.8 aperture, it’s excellent news. This time, although still just a rumour, it’s all three – expected new lens release, with an ƒ/2.8 aperture, and shouldn’t be expensive. Enter YongNuo 12–35mm F2.8–4 STM Asph.Continue reading “Is alternative fast zoom coming to microFourThirds?”
The first photographer to be featured in the Random Excellence series, Mériol Lehmann is a Swiss-born, Quebec-living artist, photographer, sound designer and consultant.Continue reading “Random Excellence: Mériol Lehmann”
It is December, meaning the Shitty Camera Challenge has officially started! This edition of the Challenge revolves around the 1990s. By the rules, “your camera doesn’t need to be shitty this round, it just needs to be introduced between 1990-1999.”Continue reading “Shitty Camera Challenge has started!”