Category Archives: camera

Graflex Advertising in LIFE Magazine

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me these historic ads for the famous Graflex cameras used by Photo-jouralists back in the 1920s through 1950s. Both LIFE ads are from two August 1945 issues. By the time these issues were printed, the War … Continue reading

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a missed opportunity

Toronto. When it burst on the scene in the early 1960s, the Gossen Lunasix (Luna-Pro over here) solved the problem of low light readings. Using the recently released Cadmium Sulphide (CdS) photo cell, the meter was both accurate and sensitive. … Continue reading

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Not only fish and snakes have scales

Toronto. An option to actinometers or extinction meters was the more sophisticated scales and nomographs. These devices like the Harrold Exposure Scale patented in 1922, or the Johnson “Standard Exposure” calculator, allowed a photographer to describe a scene and the … Continue reading

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Extinction meters

Toronto. Another popular design to aid the photographer in his pursuit of the correct exposure was the extinction meter. This device relied on the photographer looking though an eyepiece or tiny aperture as a filter was slowly moved across the … Continue reading

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Actinometers

Toronto. Since the beginning of photography people tried to find reliable ways to predict the correct exposures for a given light and scene. One idea was to expose a sensitized contact paper in the shadows enough to “tint” the paper … Continue reading

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Le Posographe of 1923

Toronto. We are spoiled today. Our digital cameras automatically adjust settings to match the light. What was coal black a century ago is like daylight today. When dry plates and roll films arrived on the scene, development was split from … Continue reading

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An eye with a Brain!

Toronto. I remember LIFE magazine as a Saturday afternoon read in the barbershop as I waited for my turn under Nelson MaGee’s sharp scissors and clippers. It was founded in 1883 as an American version of England’s Punch. The version most … Continue reading

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Edgerton’s High Speed Photography

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this fascinating link to a short video on the TIME MAGAZINE website showing Edgerton’s high speed photography experiments using custom made strobes. Wait for the video – it starts after a short ad. Dr Edgerton set … Continue reading

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With Film, you can feel the photography…

Toronto. George Dunbar mentioned this wonderful link to CBC news the other day. Journalist and native of PEI, Sara Fraser of CBC wrote this article about a little camera store on Queen Street in Charlottetown. The store, P.E.I. Photo Lab, … Continue reading

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A Wide View Vista

Toronto. The earliest camera lens designers were more concerned with plate coverage than aperture. Often a lens was described in terms of coverage –  half plate, full plate, etc. Numerous strategies were used to allow a greater coverage – mechanical … Continue reading

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