Category Archives: history

what the heck is a Darb?

Toronto. In 1957, Polaroid tried a new means and a new medium to show how easy their system was to use. At the time Steve Allen was popular on evening American TV (competing for audience with Ed Sullivan). A demo … Continue reading

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the shadow knows…

Toronto. I remember as a child of seven or eight listening to radio dramas. One was called “The Shadow” and  his alter ego, “Lamont Cranston”. Like Cranston, the tell of a flash photograph with the flash gun mounted on a … Continue reading

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the good, the bad, and the ugly

Toronto. When it comes to accessories for the Leica, the ZOOXY and its brethren are right up there as candidates for the ugly prize. The massive weighty thing is a focusing mount and extension tube that connects to an OOZAB … Continue reading

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logs and dogs

Toronto. Rita is everywhere with PhotoEd. If you wish to see the upcoming documentary on Robert Frank at Hot Docs for free here in the big smoke, Drop Rita a line. The ‘log’ in the title of this post is … Continue reading

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a flashy ad over 60 years ago

Toronto. Once the media (glass plates, film) became fast enough for instantaneous outdoor photos, people began creating a means to make indoor photos. In most cases the lack of a bright light was the limiting factor and various means to … Continue reading

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ice cream and analogue

Toronto. Did you know today, July 21st, is international ice cream day for year 2019? My thanks to Rita Godlevskis over at PhotoEd magazine for noting this epic event. The analogue (she uses the American spelling which skips the “ue” … Continue reading

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I know it sounds real goofy…

Toronto. …but the man in the moon is a Newfie. So sang Stompin’ Tom in his 1972 response to Neil Armstrong’s epic adventure 50 years ago today when the Ohio native became the first man to walk on the moon. … Continue reading

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a litter of letters for lens test

Toronto. In the late 1960s I was in Montreal and devised a means to test lens resolution and shutter accuracy. It was during the shutter test that I realized my Exakta had a serious problem. It turned out a brass … Continue reading

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duck! …bang …finito!

Toronto.  Years ago,  Dr Edgerton of MIT revolutionized the art of photography by using high speed flash to record mundane events in a fraction of a split second.  In the late 1950s, I bought a used Ultrablitz Reporter IIL. The … Continue reading

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come a little bit closer…

Toronto. …cried the Mexican girl in the ballad of the same name sung by Marty Robins back in the 1960s. The standard set by Leitz in its Leica lenses was a close-up distance of 1m or 39 inches. Spider legs … Continue reading

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