Category Archives: camera

boxes, bellows, and beyond

Toronto. Most of the early cameras were big boxy things with relatively small diameter lenses. Early on you changed lenses to change angles of view (wide angle, telephoto) always mindful of the diameter of the circle of confusion – or … Continue reading

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down periscope …

Toronto. Do you remember submarine movies? Somewhere in the plot you would hear “down periscope” before a dive alarm sounded. Recently, I was surprised to see the term being used today to refer to a smartphone-sized telephoto lens design, By … Continue reading

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at yer Beck and call …

Toronto. You may have come across a British camera called a Cornex or one by Houghton’s called a British Ensign. Both camera lines were made by a microscope manufacturer on Cornhill Street in London, England. It was not uncommon for … Continue reading

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where is it now?

Toronto. Brodie MacPherson’s one of a kind colour camera, we mean. Editor Bob Lansdale is busy doing an article on the late Brodie MacPherson and would like to know where his camera ended up. If you know, drop me an … Continue reading

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OMG OM-D

Toronto. Olympus cameras have been around since 1936. Their big fresh egg last century was small SLR film cameras when most film SLRS were huge machines. The famous Japanese optical house founded in 1919 made many other instruments including well … Continue reading

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the iconic SX-70

Toronto. Expensive media may have been needed for Polaroid cameras, but the cameras themselves where technical marvels. Typical of this genre of camera was the iconic SX-70 introduced in 1972. The media used in this camera is still available today! … Continue reading

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far far away

Toronto. Star Wars movies always began with a scroll beginning … in a galaxy far, far, away … . We often call any lens that brings in distant objects closer and compress the perspective a telephoto lens. But the actual … Continue reading

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who needs a mirror now anyway?

Toronto. Digital cameras – is there any other kind these days? I often resort to my iPod Touch¬†(I have an iPod Touch 7) since its 8 mp camera is usually in my pocket while all the other cameras are in … Continue reading

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a touch of plastic

Toronto. The folks at Lomography are offering a simple film camera complete with a roll of their colour film (positive or negative) and a clear waterproof housing good for about 10m depth. Their press release states, “Dear Film Photography Friends … Continue reading

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way too much, way too late

Toronto. The Contarex was Zeiss-Ikon’s SLR flagship. With some 1,100 plus precision measured components, it was an engineer’s dream – and a repairman’s nightmare. The $500 US ¬†“Bulls-eye” Contarex was announced at the 1958 Photokina but didn’t hit the shelves … Continue reading

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