Here we have the Vivitar Series 1 600mm/8 solid catadioptric lens. This was one heck of a find (and a steal) I made years ago. This is hands down *the best* mirror lens ever mass produced for the photography market and contends for the best camera lens made in the USA (With Kodak’s Aero-Ektar IMHO). It was made by Perkin Elmer a sciences and telescope optics company for Vivitar. Most mirror lenses have significant space between the catadioptric elements. This one has none, it is one element.
There’s lots to love about shooting medium format film. The tonality is great, the latitude is incredible, and the ability to capture and reproduce fine detail is astounding. One way to really appreciate all this is to print BIG. In my darkroom I can go up to 16×20 which is a pretty serious size print. Problem is big paper is expensive. I usually shoot on the reasonably price Arista RC VC which is a bit over $2/sheet plus shipping. Handling wet FB paper that size is challenging.
If you’re like me you’re the family’s camera guy, photographer, photo man and all things photography related. If so you probably get this question a lot: “I have this XYXYXYX film camera, is it worth anything?” Usually someone standing near by could actually hear your eyes rolling. Most times the answer is “No” and not because you want it. It’s just that the film cameras with the highest production numbers were, with few exceptions, consumer oriented
A friend of mine, John Mickevich, posted a picture of a new-to-him Koni-Omega he just received and it made me think I should write up mine. The basics of the camera system is that it’s a 6×7, medium format rangefinder. It has a somewhat unusual dial focusing system, and an extremely unusual film advance and cocking mechanism that’s been likened to a pump action shotgun. This is by no
I put together the set, wardrobe, and props excepting the bearskin which Hannah brought.
I was inspired by a Gil Elvgren pinup along a similar theme and I hope we did it justice. Shot with my Bronica 6×6 camera on Fuji Neopan Acros. Printed 8×10 and scanned.
I â¤ï¸ this little photo book or photo zine, Notting Hill Sound Systems, by Brian David Stevens and published by Cafe Royal Books. It’s all double trucks of PA systems set up for the 2004 Notting Hill Carnival.
Brian David Stevens tweeted to me that these shots were done with a “leica m3 voigtlander 25mm (and maybe my 40mm) trix-x!” I must say, the medium incorporates with the subject exceedingly well. I love how this shows some down and dirty systems that forgo things like
The venerable #Canon AE-1 turns 39 this month. It was released in April of 1976.
This is my first actual real camera given to me by my Father sometime in the 1990’s. While it may not be feature packed by today’s standards it took the camera world by storm when it came out and reigned for the better part of a decade.
It’s center weighted averaging light meter is impressively accurate and was “microprocessor controlled.” The first mass market camera with a “computer”