Fuji GA645: first frames

July 22, 2012

The Fuji GA645 is a medium format (6×4.5) fixed lens rangefinder. It’s small, light and fairly automated…basically a point-and-shoot cousin to the Contax G2, in a larger film format. It’s got a very high quality Fujinon 60mm f/4 lens. I’ve wanted one of these for a long time, but they’re a bit expensive and difficult […]

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Contax G1 + Ilford HP5

June 26, 2012

I finished off the last few frames of a roll that was in the G1 yesterday…

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Contax G2 + 45/2 + Ektar

June 26, 2012

I got my second G2 today, and I’m pretty happy with it. Too tired to go into details right now, but I may modify my G1/G2 comparison post, or even write a fuller review of the G2 when I’ve spent more time with it. For now, let’s just say the difference in the focus systems […]

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Contax G1 portraits

June 16, 2012

I did a family session last night. Digital, of course, because I am far from having enough confidence yet to do such a thing with film. But I brought along the G1 and took a few snaps with it. I’m still having reasonably good luck with the G1 autofocus (there were three misfocused frames on […]

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Contax G1 test roll + G2 comparison

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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Fuji 800, Pentax PZ-1, FA77

June 7, 2012

Small gallery from a roll started a couple of weeks ago, developed yesterday. The shot of my son (Budweiser hat, LOL) is remarkable for its slow shutter. I’m not normally a very steady hand for this kind of shooting, but managed to get this one: one-quarter second exposure. I actually like the mixed light here, […]

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Contax G2 with Zeiss 45/2 Planar

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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Dynamic range

June 3, 2012

Feeling pretty good about getting the exposure right on this shot. Only took one frame, no bracketing. Film is Fuji Neopan 400 (expired several years). Shot with the Pentax PZ-1 and the FA43. Stand developed in R09 at 1:80. Gentle inversions for one minute, then left alone for one hour.

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Expired slide film is expired

May 29, 2012

A few weeks ago I was given some expired Kodak Elite Chrome 100 by Roger, the owner at University Camera in Iowa City. I shot one of these rolls two weeks ago when I was at Rochester Cemetery, same day that I shot the Fuji 800 that I developed in Rodinal. I just got the […]

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Canon A-1, second roll

May 20, 2012

This is 10+ year old Fuji Superia 800, and I think it’s extra grainy due to its age, although it might be the Walgreen’s scans. Mainly I wanted to confirm there was no problem with the camera due to my “shutter squeal” fix, and it seems to be OK. Just a bunch of mostly boring […]

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