Author Archives: Robert

down periscope …

Toronto. Do you remember submarine movies? Somewhere in the plot you would hear “down periscope” before a dive alarm sounded. Recently, I was surprised to see the term being used today to refer to a smartphone-sized telephoto lens design, By … Continue reading

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both sides now

Toronto. Most of us collect photographs as well as cameras, equipment, books, ephemera, etc. The photographs are usually selected for their process, quality, studio, or possibly subject matter. The picture at left is a positive image of a 4×5 dry … Continue reading

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Penta ZOOM Meeting

Toronto. We held our fifth COVID-19 inspired exec meeting via ZOOM. Kudos to Celio for arranging the meeting once again. Key changes are shown below. As Toronto has entered stage 3, we can now schedule our trunk show. The July … Continue reading

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a wonderful talk on photographic history

Toronto. It seems everyone has gone on line in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Founder Alan Griffiths of Luminous-Lint fame (down in Halifax, NS) will be speaking this coming August 9th (Sunday). As with some of these talks, there is … Continue reading

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you scratch my back …

Toronto. … and I’ll scratch yours. Or so the saying goes. In an August 5th, 1966 ad on page 71 of LIFE magazine, Scotch tape maker 3M in Minnesota collaborated with camera maker Revere to offer a Kodak 126 cartridge … Continue reading

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a little BIT more

Toronto. Over the years from photography’s beginning in 1839 to current times there have been a few trends. Cameras have gotten smaller. Images became more realistic beginning with monochrome photos across part of the visible spectrum, then across all of … Continue reading

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Ted Catton (1941 – 2020)

Toronto. Sad to hear that Ted Catton died this past July. Ted was a regular at our Toronto meetings since joining the PHSC in 2008. He did some Show & Tell sessions, was a frequent contributor to all Q&A sessions, … Continue reading

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summer in the city

Toronto. Enjoying the balmy swelter of summer yet? Yesterday, members WITH an email address received another delightful special via pdf. It  is  the Photographic Canadiana edition 46-2 “Special Issue” dated July 2020 (although we usually take a break in the summer). … Continue reading

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at yer Beck and call …

Toronto. You may have come across a British camera called a Cornex or one by Houghton’s called a British Ensign. Both camera lines were made by a microscope manufacturer on Cornhill Street in London, England. It was not uncommon for … Continue reading

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a photograph never lies …

Toronto. As a kid  some 70+ years ago, this was a common bromide, “a photograph never lies”.  As I grew older and learned to develop my own prints, I learned that photographs could and did lie!  Most negatives were simply … Continue reading

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