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First look at the new Holga 135BC toy camera

Posted September 12, 2007 in Kit/Equipment

Sean Rohde gives us the run-down on the new 35mm Holga 135BC in two parts: Camera walk-through Photographic results and analysis (loads of pictures!) The camera isn’t generally available yet, but eBay user uranium99 has them for US $49.99 + $19.99 shipping (to the US) from Hong Kong.

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More cowbell: 50 inch/1270mm f/8 Dallmeyer lens

Posted March 17, 2007 in Kit/Equipment

50 inch image circle, weighs 7.5 kg/16 pounds! Check this monster out on eBay.

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Get vertical

Posted February 27, 2007 in Kit/Equipment

I just snagged an Olympus Pen FT from fleabay. The Pen F series are half-frame 35mm SLRs (what actually used to be "full frame", the size that 35mm cinema frames still are… what we today call full frame was originally called double frame!). Square composition definitely shook my world up, and I’m excited to see […]

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Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 ballhead review at The Digital Picture

Posted February 15, 2007 in Kit/Equipment

Unique to the Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 Ballhead is the aspherical ball. As the load on the head is moved away from center, the effects of gravity increase. To offset the higher gravitational effect, more ball tension is needed. Conventional ballheads require correcting tension control adjustments to be made. The Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 Ballhead, because of […]

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM new lens review at The Digital Picture

Posted December 29, 2006 in Kit/Equipment

Now the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens enters the market. Being a prime Canon L Series Lens, the Canon 50 f/1.2 far exceeds all existing Canon 50mm lenses in nearly all aspects – including three negative ones: size, weight and price. Since Canon already has a 50mm f/1.4 lens, they would not release […]

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Lensbaby 3G review by Joe Reifer

Posted December 15, 2006 in Kit/Equipment

Photographer Joe Reifer wrote a nice review of the new Lensbaby G3 selective focus SLR lens. Check it out at The Online Photographer.

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First thoughts on Jobo 2500 daylight processing tank

Posted December 7, 2006 in Kit/Equipment

I’m helping my friend Jonathan get set up to do his own black and white film processing, so I made him a shopping list. I suggested the Jobo 2500 daylight tank because it looks good on paper, and I can’t recommend my Paterson Multi-Reel 5 Tank/Super System 4 kit. The Paterson is a plastic tank […]

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Lens marks and image quality: shocking truth revealed!

Posted September 1, 2006 in Kit/Equipment

How many times have you seen "small cleaning mark on lens, does not affect image quality" in ads for used cameras? Is it true? What about severe defects, like, say, "a loose spiral spring, some odd hardened liquid bubbles, dust, and a unidentified German insect in the lens"? Jurgen Kreckel, who repairs and rebuilds vintage […]

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Polaroid to discontinue 80-series peel-apart instant films

Posted August 19, 2006 in Kit/Equipment + Product News

Fucking hell, Polaroid are killing yet another range of films! This time it’s the 80 series (84, 87, 88, and 89) 3.25 x 3.38-inch peel-apart pack film—the stuff you shoot in Holgaroids, supershooters, and squareshooters. Each product page bears the following message: Please be advised that Polaroid will be discontinuing 8[x] film within the last […]

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Zeiss Ikon SW superwide 35mm viewfinder camera

Posted August 15, 2006 in Kit/Equipment + Product News

Carl Zeiss AG Press Release: Oberkochen, August 15, 2006. The Zeiss Ikon SW is the 35mm precision camera for uncompromising superwide photographers. Its lens mount takes any lens with M bayonet, in particular the ZEISS high performance superwide-angle lenses Distagon T* 2,8/15mm ZM and the Biogon T* types from the ZEISS ZM range. An accessory […]

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