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an essential tool in the mid last century

Toronto. Continuing yesterday’s theme on hand held exposure meters  (thanks George), this advertisement from Popular Photography’s April 1948 issue shows the famous Weston Master II meter. I bought in less than a decade later with the Master III. Both the … Continue reading

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In the days of hand held meters

Toronto. My thanks to George Dunbar for this gentle reminder of days long ago. In mid-November 1946 General Electric advertised its DW-58 hand held exposure meter  answer to Weston in LIFE magazine. You can watch a video of a slightly newer … Continue reading

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The Graflex I nearly bought

Toronto. George Dunbar sent out a few more Graflex ads from the late 1940s. One ad struck a chord with me.  In 1960 my main camera was the Exakta VXIIa. I was interested in getting a camera which made a … Continue reading

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It’s a digital world after all

Toronto. When did you last shoot film? I remember when I did. It was during a month long trip out west with my daughter the summer of 2002 – 15 years ago. I was all for taking my digital camera … Continue reading

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World’s First Analog Instax Square Camera

Toronto. Film is a niche process that continues to attract followers. A subset of the genre is the “instant film” brigade. These people are so active that companies continue to make the “Polaroid” type instant film. Now the Lomographic Society … Continue reading

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…from one amateur to another

Toronto. The shift from large camera photography to miniature hit its stride in 1935 when Fortune magazine dubbed it the minicam revolution. Within a couple of years books were being published to teach the amateur how to embrace the new … Continue reading

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What the heck is a Perfex?

Toronto. In the most recent issue of snap shots (23-1), the newsletter of the Photographic Historical Society of New England (PHSNE), collector Richard Berbiar writes in the Vintage Camera Corner about his Perfex Speed Candid camera which was the first … Continue reading

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a 1913(ish) Graflex makes great shots and great friends

Toronto. Using an old 1913 Graflex camera. My friend and fellow PHSC fan Russ Forfar sent me this link about using an old Graflex which had only two working speeds – slow and slower – to shoot high speed F1 … Continue reading

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Photographic paper – crafted paper cameras

Toronto. Lee Ji-hee is a paper artist. His creations range from life-sized paper dogs to mouthwatering paper food! On a visit to Seoul and the Korea Camera Museum, Ji-hee fell in love with the antique cameras on display and decided … Continue reading

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Speed indeed!

Toronto. Good friend George Dunbar sent me a photo and note regarding high speed shutters a few days ago on the 6th of August. For many years, top shutter speeds of 1/500 or 1/1000 were considered the best you could … Continue reading

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