Film

Top 5 Winter Films

Looking through the Instagram feeds of accomplished film photographers, it’s easy to fall in love with the look of properly scanned and edited professional negative film.

For those of us who don’t have access to Richard Photo Lab, or who live in parts of the world where the light isn’t quite as warm or consistently golden as Maui or southern California, what choices do we have? The following list puts forward some ideas for films which are more useful for taking photographs in a British winter than a Californian summer. Think more Weston-Super-Mare than Del Mar. Continue reading

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Why Does Fujifilm Hate Film Photographers?


I don’t own a digital camera, apart from the iPhone 6s I’m writing this on. It’s not that I don’t want to buy and try, but I just think that digital cameras are all about the moving image, while stills, especially medium format, is still the preserve of film cameras. I’m interested in what digital can give over and above a single exposed image; think 4K video, image stabilisation, time-lapse, videogram and pulling single frames from a video. More on that later. Continue reading

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Yashicamat 124G Review

The Yashicamat was the first Medium Format Camera I bought. I got it off eBay, and it was in mint condition. It looked like it had never been used. I sold it 2 years later for more than I paid for it. It was a good camera, and I probably could have held on to it as it wasn’t going to lose any value, but truth be told, it didn’t really suit my shooting style.

TLR stands for Twin Lens Reflex, there are two lenses, one for viewing (top one) and one which is directed onto the film. The lenses are not interchangeable, fixed at 80mm, which is your nifty fifty in Medium format land. The Yashicamat is a 6×6 camera, shooting a large 6cm square format negative.  Continue reading

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Photography

Thanks to Digital, Film is More Popular than Ever

Film is not dead, not by a long shot. If anything it’s seeing a resurgence as digital photographers look for something distinctive to give their photos a unique feel. Their glass will fit easily into a Canon EOS3 or Nikon F100, and the cameras are familiar to use. As more and more individuals shoot digital, those who choose to shoot film are certainly in a minority, so for them a more unique look is achievable. Continue reading

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35mm film vs. 24mp FF sensor (F100 vs D600)

I had the chance to used a Nikon F100 alongside a D600 for a couple of days and produce this F100 vs. D600 comparison. This was back in the depths of the British Winter (it’s taken that long to finish the roll and get it developed). During the period I had the camera, the weather was pretty bad (overcast) but I did manage to find a nice evening where the light was a bit better, and found a Christmas tree in my sitting room to snap. Continue reading

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Olympus OM1 Review

The first ‘proper’ camera I bought was a silver and black Olympus OM1 which I bought with a 50mm f1.4 Zuiko lens from the London Camera Exchange in Southampton whilst I was at university.

Like many things that come to me in life, I wasn’t quite ready for it at the time it came. I sensed its potential, but I didn’t quite get it. Ironically, like so many other photographers out there, it wasn’t until digital photography woke me up that I realised what the OM1 and film photography was all about. So it sat in a shoebox for a few years until I was ready to give it my full attention. Roll on 10 years and I’m pleased to say it is getting properly used now. Continue reading

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Photography

Why Film Shooters Love the Fujifilm X-system

I love photography. The art and the craft of capturing that moment when the light is just right and shifting one or two feet to the right or left improves the composition. Once you have determined that you want to take a photo, and you have refined the shot in your mind, you have a lock on your target and you fire the shutter. Continue reading

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Money, Photography

5 Things we can all learn from Ken Rockwell (hint: not much to do with Photography)

When I got interested in Photography, I headed for the internet and spent quite a bit of time on Ken’s site Kenrockwell.com . Ken Rockwell (for those of you who don’t know) is an outspoken photography blogger who gets a lot of publicity, often for his seemingly contradictory remarks about where he stands in the world especially in the battle of Canon Vs Nikon.

I suspect there is a lot of envy out there; many would love to have the page ranking of Ken Rockwell’s site (around 2 million visitors a month), and it’s always easy to criticise. Personally I think Ken is great, and a lesson to us all.

Here are some things we can learn from Ken. Continue reading

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Emulating photographic film – Making Digital images look like Film

Andrew Goodman

Photographic film is a wonderful medium. It is, magical, inspirational, unique, unreliable and largely unrepeatable. All of the attributes which make analogue photography undesirable to journalists looking for good enough quality and repeatable and reliable results, do not necessarily appeal to the photographic artist. Continue reading

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Fujifilm GA645 Zi Professional Review

If like me, you love shooting film, whether slide film, negative film or black & white, you may have been looking into getting yourself a medium format (MF) camera. MF cameras are available on the second hand market for a good price, and there is a definite improvement in image quality; stepping up to even the smallest medium format (6×4.5) means over two and a half times the negative size of 35mm.

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