I haven’t posted in over a week, so I thought I’d give a few quick updates on what I’ve been up to!
Camera Test Driving!
A friend of mine that collects film cameras has been gracious enough to let me borrow a few! I got my hands on a Yashica-Mat LM, a Minox 35 GL, a Yashica Lynx-5000E, and an Olympus-Pen EE and have only managed to shoot a few frames on each so far. My goal over the next week is to exhaust the roll in the Yashica-Mat and send that roll and some other exposed 120 I have to my local lab for development. Reviews of each camera are forthcoming!
I Bought a New Camera!
I mentioned I had my eye on a Mamiya RB67 medium format set up, but I decided to buy a Mamiya m645 instead. The m645 is slightly smaller, a bit more portable, reasonably handhold-able, and the entire kit including lens was as much as the RB67 body alone. I have been extremely busy with work since it arrived, so I wasn’t able to take it out shooting until today. It took a little getting used to the size and heft, but the satisfying sound of that massive shutter and mirror flapping when I press the button put a huge, dopey grin on my face! Definitely a new favorite in my stable of cameras!
Hunting for a New Film Stock!
I’m on the look out for a new black and white film stock to shoot that’s not manufactured by Kodak, Ilford, or Fujifilm. I am super-interested in what the gents at Silberra are up to and will most likely throw money at their Indiegogo for a few rolls of their 50 and 100 ISO panchromatic films. Kosmo Foto is another company I’m keeping an eye on. They sell a modified Agfa emulsion that looks sublime!
Worth a Read!
Superia X-Tra 400 was the first film stock I put in my Canon AE-1 Program when I first got into film, and it makes me sad to think it looks like it’s on it’s way out.
Not Photography Related (But still good!)
I listen to a few podcasts and More Perfect from Radiolab is one of the best around. It’s a podcast that centers around the judical branch and it’s history as an institution. Season 1 was incredible and I just started on Season 2!
That’s all for now! Cheers!