IlfoTec HC: Use a medical Syringe

As I mentioned in a previous post,  I was finding it challenging to accurately measure the amount of concentrated IlfoTec HC B&W developer when mixing up small batches for 120 or 35mm rolls.  I knew that a syringe would be a big improvement over using the small Paterson graduated cylinder. My wife works in the…Read more IlfoTec HC: Use a medical Syringe

First roll: Bronica SQ-B

Earlier today, I said I'd picked up a Bronica SQ-B, where B purportedly stands for Basic. Yes, indeed this is a basic medium format camera. But it doesn't lack anything essential.  Sure, you can't put a metered prism on here even if you wanted to, but that's okay by me. I didn't want to.  I…Read more First roll: Bronica SQ-B

Going Square: Bronica SQ-B 6×6 Film Camera

In the 1980s, I used to dream of one day owning two cameras: A Leica M rangefinder 35mm , and the iconic Hasselblad 6x6 120 professional film Camera. Our local source for great used cameras, Camera Traders has a Twitter feed that I follow. Earlier this week, up pops a Hasselblad 500cm with Carl Zeiss 8omm…Read more Going Square: Bronica SQ-B 6×6 Film Camera

Unicolor C-41 processing first crack

It's been over 8 rolls of B&W film since I resumed my own film processing. It was easier than I remembered, and especially easy thanks to the Massive Film Database Timer application available for iPhone and Android. I use it on my iPhone 5.  Time to try colour processing. Last weekend provided a few firsts…Read more Unicolor C-41 processing first crack

My son’s intro to photography

My son, 12, has been learning some basic composition and other photography skills at his middle school. The instructors use iPads to remove the technical aspects of photography from the student to allow them to place their attention on composition. He's learned about the rule of thirds, and other composition tips. He asked me one…Read more My son’s intro to photography

Mamiya 645 Pro TL medium format film camera

Ever since I got into photography in the late 1970s I've wanted a medium format film camera. More specifically, I wanted a Hasselblad, the iconic studio camera of the era. I really knew little about medium format, but was intrigued. Well, over thirty years later, I now own a medium format camera. At first, inspired…Read more Mamiya 645 Pro TL medium format film camera