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Showing posts from May, 2011

Hybrid Darkroom

B&W film  processing kit 

Changing bag, Paterson tanks, chemicals, timer, thermometer, graduated cylinders and running water from a kitchen or bathroom sink. If you decide to develop your own B&W film, this is a good place to start.
Diafine is an ideal developer for the tropics since it isn't very critical of temperature but also have Rodinal at hand when I want the look. I've also used Kodak D76 and Ilford DDX.
Film - Agfa APX 100, ERA 100, Foma 100, Fuji Acros 100, Neopan 400, Neopan 1600, Ilford Delta Pro 100 and HP5+, Kodak Plus X 125 and Tri X 400

Negatives hang to dry before scanning...

This Canoscan 8400F flatbed scanner has given reliable service for more than 5 years. I use the Scangear software with all enhancement functions turned off...

...and do minimal post processing in Photoshop 7 - limited to procedures I learned in a traditional darkroom.

This was the darkroom I set up in my apartment in the USA.

Negatives and prints are ins…

open baffle ---> how not to...

tall and thin baffle = no bass and sexy slim mids

If memory serves me right this was a production line speaker from the 70s, don't remember the manufacturer but seemingly an attempt to mimic the cosmetics of a Magneplanar using conventional drivers...
Kutztown Radio Show, Spring 2006

Update: According to Terry O this is Bob Carver's Andromeda from the early 80s.


International Commie Camera Day 2011!

The first mass produced 35mm camera from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) was the FED from 1934, a Leica II clone.

FED article by Oscar Fricke

As part of WWII reparations, the Soviets gained access to blueprints, tools and other materials to manufacture Zeiss designed optics well into the the 90s with minor updates.

When properly adjusted and serviced, FED and Zorki cameras + Industar and Jupiter lenses are capable of producing high quality images. 
Millions were manufactured but the main issue was lack of quality control. 

Being a tinkerer at heart cheap FEDs and Zorkis became my guinea pigsfrom which I gained enough confidence to buy unloved Leica IIs in need of TLC

It is interesting to note that just about every industrialized nation in the 20th century attempted to manufacture a Leica clone.

Notable copies include Kardon, USA and Reid, UK which are now highly collectible and command prices greater than a genuine Leica.

The post WWII camera and optical industry of Japan was also founded on …