A friend asked me for the reasons I, a self-proclaimed hard-core Nikonista and a medium- and large- format shooter, purchased a Canon Elan 7e. Not only that, I have just purchased a 40mm pancake lens for this SLR, too. Why? Well, for starters, the pancake lens: Like most photographers say, the best zoom is your
As an average white- (or blue-) collar worker, you probably never gave the subject of headshots much thought. In the States, it is not a requirement to submit your headshot along with your resume to be considered for a job, so most of us never had to get one. (getting your photo taken at a
Since the onslaught of cheap photographic gadgets, everyone is a photographer these days. But are they, though? As a master portrait photographer, I have been watching the digital revolution with awe and terror; the awe came from the technology side of the revolution, and the terror comes daily from all the bad photographs you get
Some time recently, I was in the situation where I picked up a vintage camera after some time of shooting with other cameras, and I realized I did not remember what film was in the camera, and I did not stick a piece of tape with the film info on the camera (as I try
Holga
Holga needs no introduction, but just in case: Holga is a plastic toy camera with a cult following. The camera can produce either 6cm x 4.5cm negatives or 6cm x 6cm ones that have a pronounced vignetting around the edges. Holgas are funny little cameras to me because due to the plastic lens they can

Zeiss Ikon Nettar Magic

This is what happens when you combine a vintage folding camera with a roll of film that has been sitting in there for almost two years before seeing the light. I did not plan on this, but inadvertently the film was left in the camera for over two years, and the folded bellows pressed on
Sprocket Rocket
Lomography’s Sprocket Rocket is a fun toy camera that gives you a 35mm negative that is 72 mms wide (that is the width of 2 standard 35mm negatives). It has a sweet spot right in the middle of the frame, everything gets progressively optically distorted towards the edges. It is a plastic camera with two settings,
Zeiss Ikon Nettar
I own a vintage Zeiss Ikon Nettar from 1937. I bought it on Ebay for $40, had it serviced at Kiev Camera Factory in Kiev, Ukraine, and, man, does it work wonders! Below are some examples of what this baby can do:                   Dreamy, right?      
Agfa Clack – what is it?
What is Agfa Clack? It is essentially a plastic box with a plastic lens. It is a very simple little camera that has only two settings: Cloudy and Sunny. It takes ISO50 film, you can definitely get away with an ISO100. But not any more sensitive! Alfred Klomp has a beautiful page dedicated to Agfa
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