pentax mx

First Plus-X roll

by Todd on May 1, 2012

Late last week I got a great deal on some newly-expired Kodak Plus-X film (discontinued). Yesterday I received my CLA’d Pentax MX from Eric Hendrickson. Seemed like a perfect opportunity to take the camera for a spin, as well as try this film out. I shot most of it pretty quickly during a lunch break, […]

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My Grandma + I need a new Pentax

by Todd on September 22, 2011

That’s my grandma, taken a couple of weeks ago at her home in Fairfield. She’s 86. This is a pretty rare shot here, for a couple of reasons. First, a great smile, looking into the camera. Grandma’s well-known in the family for being cameraphobic. Usually if I get a picture of her, she’s either looking […]

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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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Some New (for me) Ilford Films

by Todd on July 9, 2011

Sam was in yesterday for headshots, and I had some film I really wanted to try: Ilford HP5 Plus 400 and Ilford FP4 Plus 125. These were acquisitions from an expired film bargain bin, and I had never worked with either emulsion. So after getting a few digital shots in the bag, I broke out […]

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Kim on Three Films

by Todd on June 25, 2011

  My friend Kim visited earlier this week for some headshots, and it gave me a chance to run through a few rolls of film. It was great fun, but it had been too long since I shot with the Bronica. This was the first time shooting with the new Speed Grip, and I screwed […]

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A Quick Dip in Rodinal

by Todd on April 10, 2011

I’ve processed 7 or 8 rolls of film by now, all in Rodinal, and most usingĀ  a steep dilution (1:100) and a “stand” protocol. In this case I wanted to try a more typical protocol, and see how it affected grain and contrast. The film was LegacyPro 400, which is said to be re-badged Fuji […]

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Coop and His Dogs

by Todd on April 5, 2011

  Coop’s been a buddy of mine for a long time, and he is in fact the one who pushed me into photography by loaning me a copy of Photoshop shortly after I bought my first dSLR. We’re mutually bad influences on each other, encouraging the purchase of new, exciting, and generally unnecessary gear. It’s […]

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Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory

by Todd on March 24, 2011

I very recently received my 1977 Pentax MX, and was eager to run some film through it, so took a quick walk by the river this afternoon. These were shot with the Zeiss ZK-35/2, and rushed to Walgreen’s for development, since University Camera was closed. I have photographed the IATL (colloquially known as the Laser […]

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