Category Archives: camera

would you rather a Kodak 35 to a wet plate camera?

Toronto. In late October, 1950, LIFE magazine ran an ad for Seagram’s American version of  Gin called Ancient Bottle Gin. To promote it as a modern drink, the ad suggested you would more likely prefer a snappy modern Kodak 35 … Continue reading

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a marketeer’s dream assignment …

Toronto. A while back I posted a note about Ansco’s answer to Kodak’s baby Brownie – the Ansco Panda. In this summer 1950 LIFE ad (thanks George!) the marketeers promote the little beauty with FOUR Ansco films at a special … Continue reading

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Spartus Press Camera – yeah, right!

Toronto. We saw many of these little plastic box cameras drift through our fairs over the years. Sold from Chicago by the Spartus Camera Corporation, this inexpensive model was more marketing puffery than technology. The flash was built-in as was … Continue reading

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a fair deal for all

Toronto, We held our most recent spring photographica-fair (about the 44th time) last Sunday. Bob Lansdale and I arrived  a bit before 9am and checked out the exhibitors as they set up their tables ready for the 10:00 am opening. … Continue reading

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famous pix revisited

Toronto. Well trust my good friend George Dunbar to find unusual and interesting web sites related to photography! George spotted the Atlas Obscura site the other day and dropped me an email. The article is called “Miniature Models of History’s … Continue reading

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the smartphone as a camera has arrived

Toronto. Well, you know a fad has arrived in the mainstream when it begins to be lampooned. I saw a few smartphone camera comics and cartoons over the past months, then Monday morning a friend of mine out in Calgary … Continue reading

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summer in the city

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this photo the other day, The Daily Mail in the UK was the source. NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up a $3,000 plus camera remotely to shoot the Space X 9 Falcon as it shot … Continue reading

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monkeying around with cameras

Toronto. I followed with interest the saga of the macaque monkey and ownership of a photo (a selfie) he took in 2011. Back on July 15, 2017 PETA stepped in on its behalf, suing the photographer and owner of the camera … Continue reading

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outside in and upside down – a camera obscura exhibition down under

Toronto. The earliest known cameras may have been the camera obscura variety. They were often an closed room in an amusement area with a tiny hole or lens on one wall that projected the outdoor scene on the opposite wall … Continue reading

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close-ups with a Leica

Toronto. For many years Leitz made standard lenses for the Leica that focussed as close as a metre. Want to get closer? Too bad. This all changed in around 1927 when Leitz offered supplementary front lenses for its standard 50mm … Continue reading

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