Darkroomist

Th Canon AE-1 in Black


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 read more

Bronica SQa Medium Format Film Camera

Meet the Bronica SQa



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 read more

The Pilot 6



Today’s camera from the camera collection is a Pilot 6. Originally I was trawling eBay for a Great Wall 6×6 medium format camera. After doing some research I found out that the Great Wall was an upgraded Chinese version of the German Pilot 6. I did some searches for the Pilot 6 and came across this little guy incorrectly listed as a box camera. It’s actually an early SLR. Needless to say I got it for a song and started acquainting myself with this 1937 wonder. It is hands down read more

Canon EPOCA 135



Here we have the Canon EPOCA 135. A 35mm camera that was so revolutionary at the time, so bizarre, it won a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art. Designed to be a one-handed super zoom it’s a 38-135mm point and shoot. The built in zooming flash isn’t half bad. Another interesting feature is the selectable waist level finder. Shooting with this camera onlookers will ask you variants of “Is that a video camera?” No. It’s the film camera design camcorders copied. read more

The Armatar 100



Here is the pride and joy of my location lighting kit. It’s an Armatar 100.

Back in the 1980s a TV repairman in New Jersey I believe churned these out (Joseph Armato IIRC). It’s essentially a Vivitar 283 with a bare bulb added, the stock battery and flashbulb compartments stuffed with extra capacitors (more power!), the stock base removed and replaced with a HH sync connector and a metal cold shoe with 1/4 20 threads in it.

On this one you can see I replaced the stock (surprisingly read more