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Resurrecting a 5D (or two)


(Or why your Canon DSLR might malfunction) THE DAY Canon’s 5D MkIII camera body was announced my 5D MkII went haywire. prompting me to quip that Canon must have a built-in self-destruct mechanism, to make 5D users part with their … Continue reading

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Flash as a substitute shutter


MY CROWN Graphic 5×4 camera arrived with three shutters – 135mm, 150mm and 180mm – all of which have questionable speed ratings. It’s not that old-time shutters were desperately inaccurate, it’s just that somewhere between 30 and 80 years 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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Mamiya Sekor 180/4.5 Super TLR lens


I HAVE a few quick observations about this lens, which has only just arrived. First, it is light. Very light. Well …. compared to the monstrous 180mm Sonnar for the Pentacon Six, anyway (which is the only other medium format … 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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Making money in microstock (Part 1)


THE AGENCIES I’ve been part of the “microstock” photo agency scene for almost seven years. I joined when microstockers were just having a bit of fun, earning 10c per sale, and it evolved into a career (and a billion-dollar business … Continue reading

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Dunes and clouds in B&W


A TIP I got from a large-format shooter for photographing sand dunes on a camera without a meter. Use a yellow filter but do not make any metering adjustment for the filter-factor. The light from the sand is about the … Continue reading

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