The first close focus Nikkor for the Nikon F was the 5.5cm f3.5 lens produced in 1961. It did not have an automatic diaphragm, meaning it did not automatically stop down the aperture when taking the photo. The lens I am reviewing is the Auto Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5 introduced in 1963. This is an… Continue reading Auto Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5 – A Macro Prime?
Many times over the years I've shared my need to express myself through photography. I often do this to alleviate anxiety, but also to deal with feelings of grief. Very often, I express this through still life photography. I'm not sure exactly what it is about this form of the medium that helps me to… Continue reading Still Life and Expelling Grief
Before World War II, 35mm cameras started to gain popularity with rangefinders like Leica and Leica copies like the Zorki. After the war, and especially into the 1950's, the SLR style cameras started to take over. One being the KMZ Start. The KMZ Start (Старт in Russian), is a professional 35mm SLR camera made in… Continue reading The KMZ Start
The Leica IIIF RD has been the subject of a lot of my articles lately, and for good reason. It has been quite the ride. I first purchased a IIIF RD from KEH last year when I discovered it had pinholes in the shutter curtain. You can read about that here. I was happy to… Continue reading The Leica IIIF – Final Chapter?
If you've been following me for a while, you'll know I have been having quite the experience with a Leica IIIF I purchased from KEH. To get the whole story you can check out these articles here. In the meantime, I had purchased a Summitar 50mm f2 collapsible lens for the IIIF. At first, I… Continue reading Summitar 50mm f2 – To Keep or Not to Keep
Betty White died on December 31, 2021. I really feel that she was one of the last unifying elements we had in this country. Who doesn't love Betty White? On that day, I had a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 loaded in my Leica M6 and decided to kind of dedicate it to her memory… Continue reading A Tribute to Betty White – Kodak Ultramax 400 at 200
My good friend Mike Eckman sent me a roll of expired Kodak Panatomic-X black and white film to shoot, with a small warning that I was going to hate him for it because I would love this film and would not be able to find anymore to shoot with. Knowing this, I held on to… Continue reading Expired Film: Kodak Panatomic-X
This year has been a strange one. At the end of 2020, we had all hoped 2021 would be better, Covid would end and our goals were to get some parts of our old lives back. Instead, what 2021 has showed me is that this is not ever going to be the case. Wherever you… Continue reading End of 2021 Wrap Up – Goals for the New Year
There is a Youtube channel I have been enjoying lately by Bryan Birks, and in his videos he talks a lot about a project he is working on of classic cars and their owners. I always find the videos very inspiring because one thing I have mostly shied away from is taking portraits or any… Continue reading Shooting Outside My Comfort Zone
I purchased Ilford's Ilfotec DD-X on a recommendation to use when I was pushing film, such as the time I pushed Fomapan 400 to 800. I've also purchased Kodak's HC-110 to develop Kodak films such as Kodak Tri-x and TMax. I just like the look these pairings give me. However, I wanted to see if… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Kodak Tri-X with Kodak HC-110 and Ilford DD-X