Monthly Archives: May 2022

when a built-in range finder was news

Toronto. Since  before the Leica, Leitz made and sold various range finders. In  the summer of 1932, Leitz announced a new model of their tiny camera with the range finder built-in. A magnification of the scene compensated for its short … Continue reading

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another important job for photography

Toronto. The May 1945 Popular Mechanics has a small article on the use of the Fairchild Aerial Camera and its 24 inch lens over Tokyo. In the waning days of WW2, America was getting ready to end things in the … Continue reading

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it’s a wide wide world

Toronto. It’s time again to enter your pano shots to the Epson Pano Awards for 2022. Daniel Trippolt was chosen as this year’s top amateur photographer. The photo at left is an example of his work. Daniel writes, “I was … Continue reading

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shine a light on me

Toronto. One of the most important things in photography is lighting. The choice of illumination sets the tone and atmosphere of the resulting image. Natural light aficionados  have it easier – choose the angle and framing for the best shot. … Continue reading

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not up to code …

Toronto. Photography has many uses. One is recording work places for history. This photo of the “camera room” at our National Archives in 1910 makes me shutter! A fire such as the one that consumed a large chunk of our … Continue reading

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our May 18 ZOOM presentation

Toronto. Join us this Wednesday at 8:00 pm to hear Rev Max Dionisio. “Rev. Dr. Max Dionisio is the Acting Head of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Library, and Head Librarian of the Bishop White Committee Library of East Asia, as well … Continue reading

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good lord! a Deardorff!

Toronto. Things that seemed so important decades ago are not even a consideration today. This advertisement from the January, 1930 magazine called American Cinematographer is a case in point. A rising and falling front with a short focus lens was … Continue reading

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first motion picture (movie)?

Toronto.  My good friend, George Dunbar, writes, “For those of us who have an interest in the history of motion pictures, there’s now a new book about the ‘first known motion picture’ — The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures, A … Continue reading

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getcha daily colour here!

Toronto. The Universal Camera Corporation in the Big Apple (NYC) made many still cameras such as the popular Mercury with the weird circular shutter. They also made movie cameras and projectors. This ad appeared in the August, 1941 issue of … Continue reading

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a reluctant subject …

Toronto. My odd subject complained about being photographed, but was never physically abusive. However, the subject in this photograph (kangaroo) was something else! Taken in the 1960s, the photo is number 20 of some 30 images shownon the demilked web … Continue reading

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