Leica M3 Needs CLA

Over the course of a year (Jan 2017 - June 2018) I ran a roll of Tri-X through this camera, and when I finally got around to developing the film, I discovered it had a serious problem which I'd never noticed before. At shutter speeds 125th of a second and faster the...

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New Year’s Resolution: Shoot More Film In 2019

Happy New Year!   It's no secret I'm a big fan of film, but I'm ashamed to admit I slacked off in 2017 & 2018 and shot only a handful of rolls and developed not one. I'm now faced with a stockpile of aging film and chemicals nearing expiration and I need to...

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What Famous Photographers Used Yashica Mat Cameras?

On 5 September 2018, I received an inquiry via my website contact page from Mark Stone-Brant:Dear Rick    I was wondering which famous pro photographers actually used the Yashica TLR, It does not matter which models they used for their work. It is...

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For The Love Of Film

OK, I admit it. I like to shoot film. I like everything about film: I like the way film smells when I open the canister, I like the way the chemicals smell during processing, I like the feeling I get when I load a fresh roll of film into a camera, and I like the...

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Improve Your Practice Through Journaling

This being my first Technique post, I thought the best place to start would be to share with you what I believe to be the most important tool one can utilize to improve upon most any aspect of their life, especially one that involves some sort of process or...

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Oh Those Iowa Skies!

Returning from a ride deep into the midwest with my friend Ricardo Serpa back in July of 2014 I stopped along an Iowa highway and took in the verdant, open country and deep blue skies with white, puffy clouds. Images really can't capture the complete feeling of...

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Nikon FM Chrome

The venerable Nikon FM is a mechanical camera whose batteries serve only to power the built-in exposure meter. I usually remove the batteries and go completely mechanical. If I do need an exposure meter I use the Gossen Digisix, pictured below, otherwise I estimate...

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Nikon FM Black

The Nikon FM is a 100% mechanical camera. Yes, it does contain a built-in exposure meter, but when using this camera I find it faster to estimate the exposure using the exposure rule. If I require more accurate exposures then I'll use either my trusty Gossen Digisix...

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Pentax 67

First impressions encourage one to hand hold this mammoth but doing so is not for the weak or faint-of-heart. If you have a medical condition, I suggest you consult your physician before carrying this camera around with you on a shooting spree. Although it resembles a...

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