OpenReflex: a 3D Printable, DIY SLR camera with a weird look.

Tim Barribeau at the Pop Photo reports:  "OpenReflex is a 3D printable SLR, completely open-source, with a mirror viewfinder, and a fixed 1/60s exposure. . . . read more

Huge lot of 1000-2000+ (seller doesn't know exactly) old cameras for sale on Ebay, time to start that camera museum you've always dreamt about.

I don't think there are any Leicas hidden in there, even if the magnitude of this collection is chaos itself. From the seller's description:

Life time Collection of Vintage Cameras! Have been collecting it for 50 year. 1,000+ pieces of cameras, lenses, and accessories. (definitely more than 1,000; maybe more than 2,000 pieces, never count it) All brands, All kinds, All types of cameras. SLR, RF, TLR, Medium Format, P&S, etc. Canon, Nikon, Rollei, Yashica, Ricoh, Polaroids, Kodak, Fuji, Pentax, Petri, Pax, Mamiya, etc. You name it. Can't list the specific models and specification due to large amount of collection. . . . read more

A Brutal Pageantry: The Third Reich’s Myth-Making Machinery, in AgfaColor, at Time Life Magazine.

All these color photos were taken by one of Hitler's personal photographers, Hugo Jaeger, who used various versions of the Leica III with AgfaColor Neu film, the German counterpart to the French Lumicolor and the American Kodachrome film.

"But perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the Third Reich’s deeply manipulative and seductive propaganda — and especially the sense of invincibility and inevitable triumph that it sparked in the hearts of true believers — is how ludicrous and, in the end, how perfectly mistaken it all was.  Yes, Hitler and Goebbels and Himmler and Goering and the other genocidal gangsters did unleash a murderous nightmare in Europe, and for a few years — a very few years — it might have seemed as if the Nazi drive for domination was, in fact, unstoppable. . . . read more

Interesting Retro review: The Nikon S3 Rangefinder camera, by Ken Rockwell

What is really interesting is that Nikon-in a streak of sentimentality-revived this model 13 years ago, as a Year 2000 Limited Edition Celebration model. Strangely the S(P) Rangefinder camera was revived yet again, in 2005.  Even stranger,, that was the third time Nikon revived this Lazarus-on-Steroids of a camera, the first one was in 1964 for the XVIII Tokyo Olympic Games, the camera was made only in black, and came with a titanium curtain shutter. 

Nikon still makes two film cameras, the F6, and the FM10, and keeps much of the older film body tooling & machinery in a mothballed state. In 4 years Nikon will celebrate its centenary, and there's no doubt in my mind that we'll see yet another revival of a classic Nikon film design. Or maybe a totally new Nikon F7? 

"The life-size finder is excellent, however it's always cluttered with all the framelines at the same time. It's fine for use . . . read more

Ming Thein helps you pick up a film camera, small or big, or very big.

Ming chooses between a wide selection of formats and brands, there's of course the Leica and the Hasselblad, but also saner stuff like Contax and Nikon F:

"The obvious choice here is a Leica M of some description – M6es are a good place to start; they’re reasonably priced in the US$1,000 range, relatively modern, still serviceable, and have a meter. They do have a known rangefinder flare issue that made the RF patch difficult to see under some lighting conditions; modifications to later versions solved this. The M7 adds aperture priority but requires batteries to operate; personally, the MP would be my pick – fully manual, wonderfully tactile, all speeds work without batteries, but you do have the benefit of a meter if you’re not sure. Avoid the Bessas unless you shoot wide – the rangefinder base length is too short to accurately focus very fast or telephoto lenses; but they are the only cameras with built in 21mm frame lines . . . read more

A Possum tries to operate a movie camera, Northern Australia, 1943.

Photo taken in August of 1943. The location is Northern Australia, and it depicts a ring tailed possum examining a camera belonging to the Australian Department of information. Shot by young Department photographer Harold George Dick with a Graflex Speed Graphic camera, who was killed in an airplane crash in December 1943 while returning from an assignment at the Pacific war theater, more specifically, the Battle of Arawe. A couple of his war images can be found here and here.

After the Fall: Previously unpublished photographs of Hitler's bunker and the ruins of Berlin, at Life Magazine.

First a few words about the ones responsible for making most of the Eastern front pictures: The Red Army used photographers in big numbers, and in big . . . read more

Canon 5D Mark II plus 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel folding camera makes a medium format view camera

Contraption by Jason Bognacki. Surprisingly sharp images, but flare is out of control, while contrast in on a pretty low level. The lens is a Zeiss Ikon 7.5mm f/6.3. No  info yet about the Contessa+Canon 5D MkII mating process.

Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Review @ The-Digital-Picture

Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Review @ The-Digital-Picture

"Use of a 1.4x extender (any brand or model of them) decreases/narrows your lens' max aperture setting by 1 stop - allowing at most 1/2 as much light into the exposure. The lens aperture still opens to the same physical diameter, but the ratio of the aperture opening to the focal length is reduced - by 1 stop. So, pick your lens' maximum aperture opening from the following list and understand that it . . . read more

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