Tag Archives: Hollywood

do you remember DuPont photo products?

Toronto. Do you remember DuPont when they made photographic materials? To day the company is still very active, but no long makes movie films and other more traditional photo products. In May of 1932, the company took out a large … Continue reading

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roped in

Toronto. In 1948, Alfred Hitchcock produced a film called ‘Rope’. I saw it recently – twice – on TV. It seemed odd to me and I wrote it off as an early attempt to recreate  a play as a movie. … Continue reading

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zooming to the future

Toronto. We take zoom lenses for granted today. Almost all digital cameras – mirrorless or DSLR – use zoom lenses. We have grown lazy and just adjust the lens to frame the scene rather thsn moving back or forward physically. … Continue reading

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hey, Stewart – let’s make a movie

Toronto. I always thought Stewart-Warner made meters and gauges. But no, they also briefly made movie cameras before the company was reorganized and transformed into a winner from a loser. The gory details of the company and its rebirth are … Continue reading

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and you thought your camera was big!

Toronto. We often seem to be fond of making comparisons. In 1935, Technicolor offered a way to make colour films in Hollywood. The process was downright expensive so only some films – scenes – were in ‘full colour’.   This … Continue reading

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the Graflex of movie cameras

Toronto. Professional camera men in Hollywood for the most part used Mitchell cameras. The Mitchell was to Hollywood cameramen like a Graflex camera was to newshounds – Fully professional and a sturdy work horse. In 1922, when silents were still … Continue reading

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we owe a lot to the movies

Toronto. In 1932, Hollywood released the first movie shot in Technicolor’s three strip process. The shot here is via TCM and Sony TV and shows Jeanette MacDonald in a scene from the movie “Sweethearts”.  This was the first color film … Continue reading

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let’s try small …

Toronto. … and aluminum, and made in America, and 35mm film. Sadly nothing worked, and the ‘Classic 35’ came out in 1948 and disappeared. Just another flop, but worth far more today for collectors – if they can find one!. … Continue reading

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PHSC News January 2021 (20-07)

Toronto. The folks at Lomography have had lots of success with various cameras, lenses and films for those enthusiasts into film technology (and our pre-COVID [and hopefully soon post] days of fairs and auctions).  Shown at left is the Lomography … Continue reading

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it’s home to print we go …

Toronto. For about the last half of the last century I enjoyed doing darkroom work and processing of both negatives and prints. In the 1960s and 70s, this included colour processing using paper and chemistry of the day. And beginning … Continue reading

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