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Color negative vs slide film

I took two shots of the scene above with two different cameras for some reason, so we’re able to directly compare the two types of film involved.  This unremarkable Green Pier composition was taken just before noon, and naturally the lighting is quite harsh, but I did manage to expose the film properly, which is pretty easy in this lighting …

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Kodak Moment #10, Sno-Sport

Let’s go for a ride on a Rupp!  In this fresh snowy scene we have my 10 year old brother at the helm of a 1968 Rupp Sno-Sport, and me being pulled along with a rope tied to my Sno-Flyer runner sled.  It was pretty fun until the snowmobile stopped quick, and you slammed into the back of the Rupp; …

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Minolta Autopak 460Tx review

Our review camera for this week is the Minolta Pocket Autopak 460Tx.  This small camera came out around 1979 and was manufactured through the early to mid 1980s. It was pretty expensive for a 110 camera, but it had a lot of features, including manual focusing and a choice of aperture settings, which were rare back then.

The little 110 cameras are still fun, and super cheap from places like eBay.  So put on your members only jacket, your reflecto sunglasses, and let's take a trip back to the 1980s! Don't forget to grab yourself a few 'cartridges' of 110 film, they're still available fresh from B&H, Amazon, eBay.  You can get B&W, reversed rolled 'red scale,' regular color print, and even E-6 slide film!

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Who is Tawny?

The great French writer Guy De Maupassant once said of a woman, "she fills you to the marrow with desire."  That's Tawny.  Maybe you've seen her walking down the street....sitting alone at the end of the bar....or maybe her eyes have met yours for a fleeting, tantalizing moment.  Maybe she's even the girl next door....but whoever she is, you know that the sight of her is an emotional experience.

Guy may be a great writer, but those words are only part of the emotional experience.  Why don't we fully immerse ourselves in the scene above and complete the mood by playing the album!

The subject for this sentimental journey through time is my great Uncle Al, who oddly, and maybe ironically, looked and acted a bit like Jackie Gleason, who produced the album he's looking at.  The photo was surreptitiously snapped by my dad in the late 1950s, and turned into a 5x7 print, which I've scanned for our viewing pleasure.

My Uncle Al was one tough dude, and spent some time Island hopping in the Pacific Ocean during the mid forties...

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Olympus XA film camera review

The shirt pocketable Olympus XA rangefinder is a popular favorite among the 'cool little film camera' crowd.  I was looking to purchase a small pocketable camera too; and I read the hype, then bought one.  I should have looked at all the pictures on Flickr and the likes, that would've saved me a lot of time and money.

It's not that I don't like the Olympus XA, it really does have a lot going for it, like coincidence coupled rangefinder focusing, excellent exposure metering, manual aperture control, illegal long exposure mode, user selectable ASA settings, exposure compensation, and a self timer.

The Olympus XA is feature rich for being so small, but it has one big flaw, so read below to find out what it is!  Be sure and scroll down to the full size test pictures to see it this camera will meet your printing or projection requirements.

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Kodak Moment #9, Boulder Manor

Here’s another addition to our Earl Young Storybook homes series from Charlevoix Michigan; this time we visit Boulder Manor, located on Lakeshore Drive, right across the street from Lake Michigan.  Earl Young, a Realtor who enjoyed photography and architecture, designed this, and many other nearby homes mainly during the 1920s through the 50s in the storybook style, using curved …

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Kodak No. 1 Green Pocket Camera review

Check out the little No.1 Pocket Kodak, this model is triple green; metal trim, bellows, and outer cover.  Not only is the camera green, so is the box and carrying case!  If you don't fancy this John Deere green hue, you could also choose brown, blue or gray.   This camera was marketed towards people that wanted a bit more than the mundane black on black camera that millions of others already had, but didn't want to spend a lot of money, and had little experience in taking pictures.

Our colorful review camera for today was manufactured around 1930, give or take a year, during the waning period of the 'Autographic' Kodak film era that ended about 1934.  It's a small camera, but not really lightweight, and certainly not something that you would but in your shirt pocket.  Kodak made 'pocket' cameras that were quite a bit smaller than this one, and others that were huge, and would not fit in any clothing pocket that I've ever seen!

The old No. 1 Kodak takes 120 film, which is still widely available today.  Other features include adjustable aperture and shutter speeds, thumb screw focusing and 'time' and 'bulb' mode.

Due to the bad bellows on this camera, I only was able to take a couple of shots by bagging it, (see picture below); so I'm short on actual test shots. I could replace the bellows, but it would destroy the look of the camera, and lower the value too.  BTW, if you see one of these colored cameras with a black bellows, it means it has been replaced.

Would you like to see what's possible with a camera manufactured during the era of prohibition?  Read on!

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