Category Archives: Uncategorized

a hard lesson, a wet lesson

Toronto. In its February 20th issue for 1950, LIFE magazine posted this cheerful article about a photographer so busy capturing a shot of unfortunate skaters in London, England that he too broke through the pond ice. We often think of … Continue reading

Posted in events, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on a hard lesson, a wet lesson

Photo News Spring 2018 (27-1)

Toronto. Last Tuesday morning as I opened my Globe and Mail over breakfast, I was delighted to see Norm Rosen’s latest publication was a free insert for subscribers. It was especially welcome as it featured some Macro Photography special articles, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Photo News Spring 2018 (27-1)

Kodak pushes its folders in 1948

Toronto. As a kid I can remember my father’s Kodak folder. It was a step up from the Kodak box camera he took west with him in the 1920s. If you wanted a better (higher resolution, faster speed, more flexible) … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kodak pushes its folders in 1948

Wollensak

Toronto. The Wollensak company in Rochester NY made many fine optical components many years ago including lenses for the screw mount Leicas during the war when authentic Leitz lenses were unavailable. Communication companies like Bell Canada used their products (photographing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Wollensak

Photrio site in Toronto

Toronto. Need help? Have a look at the Photrio forum web site. According to the “About” note on the Photrio Symposium site, “PHOTRIO.COM is a community that has recently combined three existing photography websites: APUG.ORG (Analog Photography Users Group), Hybridphoto.com … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Photrio site in Toronto

an eagle eye for your camera …

Toronto. It was July, 1936, when Zeiss Jena produced its Zeiss Objectives catalogue, Ph 333e. In this catalogue, Zeiss lenses were tagged as “The Eagle Eye of your Camera“. ¬†Unlike Leitz, who used the lens name to indicate a lens’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on an eagle eye for your camera …

Slip, slidin’, away

Toronto. Paul Simon wrote this song in 1975 and released it a few years later. It showed up as a Simon and Garfunkel song (I have it on a CD). The song captures the spirit of film and film cameras … Continue reading

Posted in camera, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Slip, slidin’, away

the power of persuasion

Toronto.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on the power of persuasion

Let George do it

Toronto. The dry plate process as described by Dr Maddox quickly reached North America and served as the basis for George Eastman to quit his bank job and establish the Eastman Plate Company in 1881. He had experimented with dry … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Let George do it

those where the days …

Toronto. I think George Dunbar has special spot in his heart for the once illustrious staples of the news photographer – ¬†the Graphic and Graflex cameras. George often finds these unusual ads and passes them to a few of the … Continue reading

Posted in camera, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on those where the days …