Category Archives: camera

Self capping miniature FP shutter

Toronto. When the Leica hit the market in 1924, it used a miniature focal plane shutter that was self capping.There are two curtains. The first moves across in front of the film followed by the second. The delay between the … Continue reading

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One way of doing it…

Toronto. The Graflex and Speed Graphic cameras were used everywhere in North America as the news photographers choice of camera. They were heavy, well built and rugged – ready for use in every kind of environment. To meet the demands … Continue reading

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Strings and springs and things

Toronto. In 1888, George Eastman concocted a camera to use his newly invented stripping film. He famously named the well constructed box camera the Kodak. Since the film was too fast in sunlight to use a lens cap as a … Continue reading

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Thornton-Pickard shutter to update your camera

Toronto. When instantaneous dry plates became available, there was suddenly a market for an accessory shutter. Thornton-Pickard made just such an accessory well after the turn of the century. The shutter was made in many sizes to fit the front … Continue reading

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Graflex Journal Issue 3-2017 now available

Toronto. Ken Metcalf down in North Carolina has released his third and final edition of the Graflex Journal for this year. Issue 3 covers The Graphic 35 Electric (Michael Parker), The Press Graflex (Jim Chasse) as shown at left, Images … Continue reading

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and then there was the smartphone…

Toronto. When I first bought a Sony F-828 camera at the end of its production and marketing, I bought my wife a thin, pocket sized Sony point and shoot T7 with a 3:1 Zeiss zoom lens and a 3.3 megapixel … Continue reading

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the era of digital cameras

Toronto. The trend from the beginning of photography in 1839 was improved simplicity and accuracy. Today, with the era of digital photography, the making of a photograph is simplicity beyond belief: Focus, exposure, light balance, speed, and aperture are set … Continue reading

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a young boy’s dream …

Toronto. Thanks to Bob Lansdale for this notice of a special Canada version of the famous Leica. Both Bob and I used the 35mm f/2 Summicron lens many years ago on the film versions of the Leica M series. Beginning … Continue reading

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Cameras for everyone

Toronto. The iPhone X was placed on sale last Friday. Included are three cameras! Two 12 MPx cameras for wide-angle (f/1.8) and a telephoto (f/2.4) plus some fancy imaging and portraiture apps. The third front facing camera is 7 MPx … Continue reading

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Selfie anyone?

Toronto. On November 1st, George Dunbar dropped me a brief email extolling these rare photos of times past. While none is Canadian, the pictures themselves show the way were were about a century ago when photographs were mostly taken by … Continue reading

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