Author Archives: Robert

Edgerton’s High Speed Photography

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this fascinating link to a short video on the TIME MAGAZINE website showing Edgerton’s high speed photography experiments using custom made strobes. Wait for the video – it starts after a short ad. Dr Edgerton set … Continue reading

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Montreal Spring Camera Show April 2 2017

Toronto. My Friend Sol Hadef sent me a note the other day. His spring camera show in Montreal will be held once again at the Holiday Inn in the West Island (Pointe-Claire), on April 2nd. Write Sol to reserve a … Continue reading

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A Mystery Tower 35mm Camera

Toronto. Years  ago it was common practice to rebrand products from national factories for sale in large chain stores. Sears was no exception. Its line of cameras were branded “Tower” but actually made by mainstream companies in Europe and Japan … Continue reading

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PHSC News 16-9

Toronto. The latest issue of PHSC News, issue 16-9 has been distributed. With this issue, we shift the editorial duties from David Bridge to Sonja Pushchak. Sonja was instrumental in redesigning the newsletter to modernize the approach of PHSC. A … Continue reading

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With Film, you can feel the photography…

Toronto. George Dunbar mentioned this wonderful link to CBC news the other day. Journalist and native of PEI, Sara Fraser of CBC wrote this article about a little camera store on Queen Street in Charlottetown. The store, P.E.I. Photo Lab, … Continue reading

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Review of Shanebrook’s epic “Making KODAK Film”, 2nd Edition

Toronto. Newsletter impresario David Bridge shows his other talents in this erudite and thoughtful review of Shanebrook’s massive 2nd edition of his Making KODAK Film book. Well worth the price of $100 USD, the book provides technical details showing just … Continue reading

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A Little Paint, A Little Pencil

Toronto. Professionals liked the larger negatives and glass plates last century before the onslaught of the minicam. The plates and cut films could be easily retouched by a skilled practitioner.  Contrast could be varied or features emphasized by careful use … Continue reading

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A Wide View Vista

Toronto. The earliest camera lens designers were more concerned with plate coverage than aperture. Often a lens was described in terms of coverage –  half plate, full plate, etc. Numerous strategies were used to allow a greater coverage – mechanical … Continue reading

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A Repeating Flashbulb (November 1941)

Toronto. We never think about flash or flash bulbs today. With our digital cameras or smart phones a built in flash automatically goes off  (or the camera/phone warns us) to provide sufficient light. Even in the 1950s (unless you were … Continue reading

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JollyLook Instant Camera

Toronto. Thanks to Russ Forfar for this link to a blast from the past as a Toronto AM music radio station used to say before playing a musical oldie. In my youth a number of photography magazines served us instead … Continue reading

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