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Eaton Drug Co photographic catalogue II

Toronto. Around this date last year I did a post on John Morden’s pdf version of the Eaton Photographic catalogue provided by Bob Wilson for one of our anniversaries. The other day my good friend George Dunbar emailed me about … Continue reading

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a c1890 Photosphere camera

Toronto. In 1871, Dr Richard Maddox in the UK announced the dry plate process which replaced wet-plate photography which for decades was a standard process replacing the Daguerreotype in popularity. Dry plate went on to be the under pinnings of … Continue reading

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sayonara DSLR – II

Toronto. Last month, I suggested the DSLR as a professional tool would disappear replaced by high end mirrorless cameras. And just recently, my opinion was strengthened by a review of two Nikon’s on Steve’s Digicams site. The review, by Josh LeBlanc, … Continue reading

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ever seen a Gowlandflex camera?

Toronto. My thanks to George Dunbar for getting my attention on this series of cameras (only about 600 made – too small for McKeown’s 2001-2002 camera guide). The late Peter Gowland was a famous Hollywood photographer. His studio was well … Continue reading

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computational photography

Toronto. When photographic processes were announced in January, 1839, they were slow, monochromatic, and demanding of both the photographer and the equipment. Over the years we saw the processes “simplified” and incorporated (or as Kodak famously said, “you press the … Continue reading

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sayonara dslr?

Toronto. Single lens reflex cameras were around for over a century. The smaller 35mm versions emerged in the 1930s offering larger, brighter views than the squinty viewfinders for box, folder, and rangefinder cameras. When digital came along, the massive DSLR … Continue reading

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easy as I, II, III

Toronto. Did you ever wonder why the original Leica I with a “hockey stick” infinity lock and a non-interchangeable 5cm lens (or any I or II for that matter) is so darn hard to find? The answer lies with the … Continue reading

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retrofitting lenses

Toronto. When Leitz came out in 1954 with the wildly popular M3 camera, they took into account the money Leica fans had tied up in auxiliary lenses and accessories. While the M series camera bodies were thicker than the older … Continue reading

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do you see what I see

Toronto. When Leitz marketed their famous little Leica in 1925, it had a squinty little 5cm viewfinder that remained unchanged for the life of the screw mount cameras.  Worse,  by 1930, Leitz had added lenses of other focal lengths and … Continue reading

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nearer your destination

Toronto. When Oskar Barnack created the Leica he used lenses focussing from 1 metre to infinity. Many users wanted to use the tiny marvels closer than 1 metre. This was solved for copying by various devices and stands. To use … Continue reading

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