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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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Time for a change


ENOUGH about arcane experiments with old cameras! Well, enough for now, anyway. It’s time to get up-to-date and throw in some shameless self-promotion. So, today: Greece. I’ve just come back after 10 days wandering through the delightful Argo-Saronic Gulf, the … Continue reading

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Bellows extension, exposure correction and diffraction


USING bellows or extension tubes for close-up photography moves the iris of the lens away from the camera reducing the amount of light reaching the film or the sensor. Quite literally, the further away the light at the end of … Continue reading

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Loading the Graflex ’23’ Graphic film back


The Graflex “23” 6×9 film back seems rather confusing when you first encounter it, but after a bit of practice it is easy enough to use. However, I recommend sacrificing one roll of film to practice the procedure a few … Continue reading

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Folding cameras – a “how to” guide


FOLDING cameras are fun. They are a curiosity, a talking point, an education and can be a surprisingly good tool. If you hunt around, you can also get them cheap. My introduction to the medium format folder came at the … Continue reading

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A chilling warning


CHILLING FILM helps protect it, right? Well, half right as I found out to my cost. Freezing or chilling film before use certainly helps to extend its life, but chilling it AFTER use is a different matter entirely. Once out … Continue reading

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Mamiya TLR magic


MY FIRST close-up encounter with a twin lens reflex (TLR) camera was more than 30 years ago, when I embarked on my career as a reporter. The staff photographers were all lugging around Rolleiflexes (and large, heavy flash battery packs, … Continue reading

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