The end of Chinese (photographic) films?

For a while now I’ve turned to inexpensive film made in China to experiment on. These tended to be Shanghai GP3 and Lucky SHD100. Both iso 100 films, both could be problematic at times but their low price made them very appealing for not-so-critical, fun photography. Both were (are?) made in 35mm and 120 with Shanghai also having a 4×5 and bulk 35mm products.



Lately it’s been hard to find. There’s still some on Ebay but it’s price has gone up considerably, around read more

Instructions on shooting above your head with a waist level viewfinder.

Above the waist with a waist level viewfinder.


Ever try this? It looks pretty simple, if you have a waist level view finder and want an overhead shot, just hold it over your head!

I tried this once quite some time ago. It really messes with you.

It’s hard enough to get used to right and left being backwards with a waist level view finder. For some reason if you switch it up and shoot over your head it’s like you have to start back at square one again. Framing becomes a fresh new challenge all over again. I’m not sure exactly read more

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The Holga Factory Has Closed

It’s always sad when a bastion of film photography is lost but the announcement from Freestyle Photo that the Holga Factory has closed hits a bit harder for me.

The Holga 120S was one of my first medium format cameras right after the antique shop Ansco Sure Shot. I modded the crap out of it which was really fun. I still have it and still shoot with it some 15-ish years later. For a plastic toy camera they’re reasonably tough! I bough the 120PAN (6×12) a couple years ago, and read more

Koni-Omega Contact Sheet

Whoo it worked, some years ago I ran into a problem with my Koni-Omega Rapid 6×7 medium format camera. It was a nasty light leak that looked horrible. I think I figured it out, which will be its own post coming up. For now I’m just happy the contact sheet looks good. I shot this on a little photowalk around Saginaw just before a big storm with a 58mm F5.6 lens. Shot sort of as a test shoot. My iphone light meter read more

Funky Medium Format Film Photography Tip



The web is full of photography tips film or digital. One of the things people really seem to dig are film tips that use non-photography items.

Sometimes you see this posed as questions like: “What’s the most unusual thing in your camera bag?” Other times it’s almost the whole DIY Photography genre from lighting to building your own camera.

Well here’s an off the wall tip using a very non-photography related item: a Scrunchi!

Some medium format cameras have interchangeable read more

Useable Images from the Holga 120Pan!

Woohoo! I got my first printable negatives out of my Holga 120Pan. I got this camera a couple of years ago. I’ve since run about 6-7 rolls through it, some iso 100, one 400, one roll of ilford Delta 3200. This is Tri-X 400, shot with the camera in B mode using a lazy click-click on the shutter release. The roll of 3200 shot at the same location but with the Holga’s one shutter speed came out too thin. Still thicker than most rolls but definitely sub-optimal. I’m wondering if read more

An Urbex Poster is Born


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. read more