• Instant Transmissions

    written by altprocess on 2009-05-15 #gear #tutorials
    Instant Transmissions

    A retrospect of how fun it was doing Polaroid transfers.

  • Kodak T-MAX (35mm, 3200 iso) User-Review

    written by altprocess on 2009-04-04 #gear
    Kodak T-MAX (35mm, 3200 iso) User-Review

    If you hate using a flash as much as I do but still need to take indoor photographs, give this Kodak T-MAX 3200 a try!

  • Canon A-1 35mm SLR: Manual Merriment

    written by altprocess on 2009-03-23 #gear
    Canon A-1 35mm SLR: Manual Merriment

    The Canon A-1 35mm SLR is the top-of-the-line model for the A-series of SLR cameras made by Canon in the 1970s and 1980s. The A-series was known for its sophisticated metering systems and auto exposure modes.

  • Pentax 645: Medium Format Quality with the Handling of a 35mm SLR

    written by altprocess on 2009-03-20 #gear
    Pentax 645: Medium Format Quality with the Handling of a 35mm SLR

    Many of us get our start in medium format photography when we buy our first Holga. The size of the negative blows us away in comparison to those 24mm x 36mm rectangles. And while I would never be without a Holga sometimes I need a little more precision and focus. When that happens I turn to my Pentax 645, a medium format camera with the handling of a 35mm SLR.

  • Super High Contrast Black and White Images

    written by altprocess on 2009-03-07 #gear #tutorials
    Super High Contrast Black and White Images

    Ever wonder how photographers like Edward Weston were able to get super high contrast black and white prints? It wasn't all in the printing, it wasn't all in the negative, and it wasn't all in the camera. You need all three and a wee bit of mathematics.

  • Canon EOS-3

    written by altprocess on 2009-02-24 #gear
    Canon EOS-3

    The Canon EOS-3 is a 35mm professional, autofocus camera. It boasts a 45-point area autofocus and can shoot as fast as 7 frames per second. The camera supports all AF and EF lenses accept for the new EF-S lenses made specifically for digital cameras with sensors smaller than 36mm x 24mm. Fifteen custom functions can be set to individualize the camera to truly fit your needs. It even reads the DX coding on the film to properly set the ISO value. Yet, despite all the bells and whistles it is an easy camera to own and operate. All the major dials are in easy reach.

  • WOCA 120G

    written by altprocess on 2009-02-08 #gear
    WOCA 120G

    The WOCA 120G is a discontinued glass lens Holga. It is similar to the Holga 120S in every way except that it has a very inexpensive glass lens. In theory the glass lens should make the images slightly sharper, at least in the middle. Like the original Holga 120S, the WOCA has only one shutter speed, (approximately 1/100th) and only one f/stop at roughly f/8. It uses 120 film and can be adapted, like any other Holga, to shoot 35mm film. Some Holga enthusists shudder (or is that shutter?) at the idea of a glass lens. Yet, at the same time, it is closer to original Holga than the current 120N model, or any of its variants.

  • Canon Canonet QL17

    written by altprocess on 2009-02-08 #gear
    Canon Canonet QL17

    Often described (as many other cameras are) as the "poor man's Leica", the Canon Canonet QL17 is a brilliant rangefinder at a fraction of the cost of most other rangefinders. It sports a crystal clear, tack sharp, f1.7 45mm lens that accurately captures colors as well as all the gradients between black and white. Produced in the mid-1960s and sturdily built, many excellent examples of this camera and later versions can be found on ebay for a steal. Due to age, the light seals need to replaced but this can be done by most camera enthusiasts with a sheet of black foamy, x-acto knife, and some adhesive. There are several website that offer instructions on how to replace the seals simply by plugging Canonet QL17 into a search engine.