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The Fed-2 – A Soviet Leica

The FED factory, located in the Soviet Ukraine, started creating Leica copies in the 1930's. This was after the Soviet Union stopped importation of photographic equipment. The history of the factory leaves you with a bit of goose bumps, and not just for the poor orphans that worked there. FED was named for the initials… Continue reading The Fed-2 – A Soviet Leica

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The Zenit B – An SLR from the USSR

In 1968, the KMZ plant (Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii Zavod - Mechanical Factory of Krasnogorsk) located just outside of Moscow, created an SLR called the Zenit B, and more than half a million were produced between 1968-1973. Zenit B Top Plate In Russian it is Зени́т B, and when translated to English it's Zenit-V. Zenit meaning Zenith, a point… Continue reading The Zenit B – An SLR from the USSR

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Developing Adventures – My First Try with Ilfotec DD-X

Today in my developing adventures, I tried out Ilfotec DD-X developer for the first time. It has been recommended to me by a couple of you for my pushing experiments because, according to Ilford, it gives full speed to films. Now, keep in mind this is not a formal review of this developer. This series… Continue reading Developing Adventures – My First Try with Ilfotec DD-X

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Developing Adventures – Ilford HP5 400 Pushed to 3200 and Night Photography from My Car

I did an article about pushing Kentmere Pan 400 to 800 and shot some photos at night from the car. I was actually really surprised that anything came out. I thought I'd try pushing HP5 to 3200 in the same setting to see how it compared. I was again surprised to see that there wasn't… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Ilford HP5 400 Pushed to 3200 and Night Photography from My Car

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Developing Adventures – Pushing Kentmere Pan 400 to 1600

In my last Developing Adventure, I talked about pushing Kentmere Pan 400 to 800 and explained that it is a film stock manufactured by Ilford as a more affordable alternative to their HP5 400 Plus film, which is usually my go-to black and white film. (To catch up on my past developing adventures click here)… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Pushing Kentmere Pan 400 to 1600

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The Kodak Duaflex

The Kodak Duaflex is a pseudo TLR made by Eastman Kodak from 1947 until 1950 in the US. In the UK they were available from 1949 to 1955. 1952 Australian Ad These cameras were designed for people who didn't want to learn how to use a camera. They just wanted something simple to take snapshots… Continue reading The Kodak Duaflex

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Developing Adventures – Pushing Kodak Tri-X 400 to 1600

In continuing with my quest to find the right black and white film that suits my style and need for faster speeds for shots taken around my home, I now continue with Kodak Tri-X. I did a post previously on developing Tri-X 400 using both Kodak HC-110 and Kodak D-76 developers. I liked my results,… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Pushing Kodak Tri-X 400 to 1600

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Developing Adventures – Pushing HP5 400 to 1600

My quest continues. First of all, thank you all for your comments and recommendations on my last few developing adventures. It has been a lot of fun so far experimenting and learning. I started this series as a sort of journal to let people come along with me as I learn. I hope you've enjoyed… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Pushing HP5 400 to 1600

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One Shot with Aly – An Avocado Baby

If you've been reading my blogs for a while, you may remember a former One Shot article I wrote called Avocado Season. In it I talked about the method I use that my dad once taught my mom before he passed away to grow avocado trees. I also mentioned that I have a 15 year… Continue reading One Shot with Aly – An Avocado Baby

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Developing Adventures – Pushing Ilford HP5 400 to 800

If you have been following my blog for the past month or so, you know that I have been experimenting with different films in order to find one that can be shot handheld around my house in low light. I have so far shot Ilford Delta 3200 at 1600 with nice results, but the price… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Pushing Ilford HP5 400 to 800