Gear

Testing: Carl Zeiss Tessar 45/2.8

by Todd on March 15, 2013

It’s been several months since I received my Contax-mount Tessar 45/2.8 T* from an eBay auction, and I finally had a chance to finish a roll. The lens came to me attached to a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000. I don’t have much of a need for this camera, but I got a great deal, so […]

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Contax G1 test roll + G2 comparison

by Todd on June 13, 2012

This is your lucky day, know why? Because you get to see a bunch of boring pictures of the same shit I always shoot when I don’t have an immediately available subject. When I get a new camera, I like to run a couple of rolls through just as soon as I can, so I […]

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Contax G2 with Zeiss 45/2 Planar

by Todd on June 6, 2012

I received my first rangefinder from KEH yesterday, the Contax G2. I’ve been looking forward to this camera for a long time, primarily for the legendary quality of the Carl Zeiss 45 f/2 Planar lens. I’ve already sent the camera back, due to several minor issues. However, the G2 is a phenomenal camera, and the […]

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My first Canon

by Todd on May 19, 2012

A few weeks ago I was visiting the lab where I used to work. My boss found out I was shooting a lot of film and getting into old cameras, and he kindly offered to give me his old Canon A-1 and 50mm lens. Obviously I took him up on it…free gear is great. To […]

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Pentax FA77

by Todd on May 6, 2012

The more I shoot with this lens on a film SLR, the more impressed I am. It’s quite nearly the “boke monster” my Zeiss 100/2 is, and it’s even pretty good at infinity. The two shots below demonstrate each of these qualities. Cat shot was at f/1.8, the other shot was at f/8, both with […]

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VueScan: don’t even bother

by Todd on May 1, 2012

VueScan software is garbage. I’m sure that statement is controversial, right? I’ve seen many people on the web get great scans from it, while admitting to usability and configuration issues. I had issues when I first got it, and I was impatient to see some scans, so I set it aside and figured I’d learn […]

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New Contax RX + Repair

by Todd on April 18, 2012

In search of a great film body, I somehow got fixated on the Contax RX, and after getting the refund from returning the MZ-S, I found an RX on eBay, along with a Contax-Zeiss Vario-Sonnar zoom lens, the 28-85/3.3-4. The camera is almost everything I want. Big, solid, beautiful. I wish there was a grip […]

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New camera: Pentax PZ-1

by Todd on March 26, 2012

As much as I admire the antique gear, and the fact that I can still make great images with it, sometimes I want the camera to get out of my way when I’m shooting. Most importantly, I don’t want to have to worry about advancing the film. For getting out of the way and letting […]

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Pentax MX Meter Fix

by Todd on July 24, 2011

A few weeks ago the meter in my Pentax MX stopped working. I assumed it was simply dead batteries, and bought some new ones. Only yesterday I put in fresh batteries, because I wanted to use the camera. But the meter was still not working. No lights at all. This camera is 35-ish years old, […]

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My Film Gear

by Todd on April 16, 2011

I’m not exactly a hardcore gearhead, but I know some readers will be curious about the cameras I use to make the images that appear on this site. I’ll also have a “Gear” category and tab, because over time I’ll acquire more stuff, or perhaps make posts regarding the use of certain pieces of equipment. […]

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