Category Archives: Lenses

Articles about camera lenses

“f/8, and be there!”


This, supposedly, was the mantra of the Press photographer. f/8 would cover a multitude of sins and as long as you were there you probably got something that would be good enough for the paper. Those who remember the newspapers … Continue reading

Posted in Black and White film, Equipment, Film, film camera, Film cameras, Graflex Crown Graphic, Photography, Schneider Xenar 135/4.7 (Tessar) | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Primes, zooms, landscapes and panos


THE question cropped up in a forum discussion of whether primes are better than zooms. This is a fairly common question amd my response is that the best modern zooms are very nearly as good as any prime. My 70-200 … Continue reading

Posted in Black and White film, Canon 70-200 f2.8L, Colour film, Crete, Film, Greece, Islands, Leica R4s Mod P, Leitz Summicron 90, Lenses, Mamiya TLR, Sekor 180/4.5 super | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Will digital do this?


I recently finished processing this shot, taken with my Leica R4s ModP and the Summicron 90mm lens, and it struck me as a fine example of the sort of quality in the tones that film can deliver and but digital … Continue reading

Posted in Cameras, Colour film, Crete, Equipment, Film, film camera, Film cameras, Greece, Islands, Leica R4s Mod P, Leitz Summicron 90, Natural, Photography | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Unlucky ’13!


WHAT a start to the year! I decided to take a set of photos of my old cameras, all shot in black and white with medium format film. I thought they might have a chance of selling as wall art. … Continue reading

Posted in Developing film, film camera, Film cameras, Foma Developers, Ilford FP4, Lenses, Mamiya Sekor 105 TLR, Mamiya TLR, Photography, Problems, Scanning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Stitching up wide-angle


EVER wanted a perfect, distortion free, 10mm lens with a camera that delivers 70MP images? Well, if you’ve got a half-decent DSLR and a reasonable standard or short telephoto lens, then you have all you need to replicate the results … Continue reading

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Developing TMax 100 in 1+3 Fomapan Excel


THE only film developers I have managed to get so far are Fomadon P and Fomadon Excel. These are both powders intended for use in a stock solution. However, I prefer to dilute stock down to get a solution I … Continue reading

Posted in Black and White film, Film, film camera, Graflex Crown Graphic, Large Format, Photography, Processing, Rodenstock Ysarex 150, TMax 100 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Commando delivers the goods


MY ENSIGN Commando continues to surprise with the quality it delivers. Here is a crop from a photo I took as the light was fading, so I had to shoot with the aperture wide open at f3.5 and focus as … Continue reading

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