MiNT has released the Instaflex, a true TLR instant camera that uses Instax film. It has a lot of great features, like aperture auto exposure, 4 F stops to pick from, bulb setting, flash, real ground glass to focus on, etc. The major bummer is the $319 price tag.
Ok, here’s an old article on making a darkroom in as little space as possible. It’s hard to read but if you click the pic you should be able to make everything out on the full resolution version. I would not recommend working this way, but in a pinch it’ll do. I myself had a bathroom darkroom at one point. Perhaps more on that later. Point is, you can make do with very little space. At some point you will need running water for washing film or prints but that can be done
This is my Canon AE-1 in black. Back in the 70’s and 80’s black cameras were considered more professional. With a black AE-1 a pro could carry a less expensive body as a 2nd or back up to an F1 or A1 and still have compatibility with lenses, flash, etc. The Canon AE-1 is one of the best selling SLRs of all time. It is shutter priority with and the first with a microprocessor controlled metering that is still considered exceptionally accurate today. If you want a good, all around
John Deakin was a photographer for Vogue magazine back in the day. His work was largely forgotten and poorly handled. Much of it shows the ravages of time. He was very much about raw, truthful portraiture which of course put him at odds with the golden age of Hollywood glamour photography.
I just got a box of books the other week from Daedalusbooks.com some of which center around film photography, and all were crazy good deals. First up is Miami Graffiti by James Murray & Karla Murray (ISBN 9783791341620). This is a pretty cool little book of street art from Miami. Most of the work depicted is awesome, some of it resonates a little less with me. The photography of the street art is pretty good. Best thing is the price, Daedalus wants $3 for it!
Next up is Vintage 80s:
This is my workhorse film camera the Bronica SQa. When I post contact sheets and the images are square they were shot with this camera. It’s one of the cheaper modular medium format slr cameras out there and one of the few available in 6×6. They were the go-to cameras for middle market wedding photographers for decades and many have a lot if miles on them but refuse to die.
I think the image quality is great. I’ve done 16×20 enlargements negatives from