Here you will find regular updates on what gear I use and how I use it. I like to explore all kinds of sides to photography and will experiment regularly with modified gear to get the results i like.



Vivitar IC 101 PANORAMA

Next week I will be traveling to Maui for 5 days bringing ONLY my trusted Vivitar IC 100 panorama and 4 rolls of Kodak TX 400 film. I think that is about as light as it goes in terms of camera gear. I will post a full story once I'm back on the mainland again.


Living with GAS...

Most of us film photography enthusiasts have to cope with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). The symptoms are many but here are a few indications that you might have a problem..

1. You always have something being shipped to you from eBay.
2. Your inbox is filling up with eBay notifications saying “Don’t missout!” or “This auction is about to end...”.
3. Your camera collection looks like a used car sales lot from the mid 80’s.
4. Your spouse is complaining that your collection of Kodak Ektachrome film is taking up valuable space in the fridge. OR, your film freezer is taking up valuable space in the garage...

But how can you not keep buying these amazing cameras when they are practically giving them away these days?

Keep film alive!



Buying a medium format camera

A while back I bought a used Mamiya RZ67 (with lots of goodies) on eBay and this is how I did it. I had been eyeing a medium format camera for a while and was undecided to the end. Checking the bay frequently I would see cameras such as the Bronica ETR, ETR-S, Mamiya RZ and RB models, Pentax 67 and of course the Hasselblad cameras. Having done some homework I finally decided on the Mamiya RZ67 system since it seemed to be the most logical choice. The Bronica seemed good but I kept hearing different stories about how it was built and the quality of the lenses. The Pentax ranked high but is fundamentally a different camera with no detachable back etc. The Hassy was simply too expensive so the logical choice was the Mamiya RB or RZ systems. The RB was cheaper but also an older model and with it’s 6x4.5 negative area it seemed better to go with the newer RZ67 and get larger negatives at the same time. At any given time you will find three or four of the RZ67’s with varying amounts of gear such as lenses, backs and film for sale. The price usually increase with the number of lenses included but generally start at about $500 (if you Buy Now) with bids starting at $300ish. Having spent time on finding the right camera for my needs I didn't want to get “out-bid” at the last second and decided for the “Buy Now” option. I found a great kit which included the camera body, a 110mm lens, two backs (one 120 and one Polaroid) and about 50 rolls of 120 film, all for $650. The 50 rolls of 120 film alone would cost me about $250 at B&H so it really seemed like a great deal. I also happen to love instant photography so the Polaroid back really sealed the deal for me. Not more than 4 days later I had the package on my door step and the fun began...





Instant gratification

A while back I wrote about how film photography helps slow me down just by the fact that you don't see the results right away, but what if you can't wait to have the film developed? There is a camera for that too, in today's section I write about my latest acquisition, the Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera.

The Automatic 100 was the first of several Polaroid models sharing such innovations as collapsing bellows, automatic exposure and a folding range finder. When it was introduced (in the early to mid 60’s) it used the 7.2cm x 9.5cm Polaroid 100-series packfilm which came both in color and back & white. You might have heard a lot about Polaroid over the past few years and wonder if you can even find such film on the market these days, luckily there are solutions out there. I use the Fujifilm FP 100C and FP 3000B color and black & white film readily available from the Film Photography Project store or other locations. With a price of about $8.00 to $12.00 for a 10 pack of film it is not the cheapest way to shoot, but it sure is one of the more fun ways. This camera is just a fun thing to bring to a party or along for a trip.

These days with smart phone camera apps. no-one is used to holding a real print in their hands and there certainly is something special about that. So where can I find such a photographic gem? I would suggest checking out the Film Photography Project store at

You can also check out my instant photography section here or read about my first experience with the Automatic 100 at the FPP website

Have fun and keep shooting film!



The fabulous 50

If you asked 10 photographers what their favorite lens was I bet that 9 would answer a fast 50mm fixed focal length lens. So why is the fabulous 50 so popular with most photographers? Well, its generally small, lightweight and cheap. Most major manufactures (read: Canon and Nikon) also carry several models from really cheap to ridiculously expensive making it easy to find a lens that fit your budget. A 50mm lens on a full frame body like the Canon 5D or any 35mm camera also gives you a natural perspective that is easy to use when you are on the move, personally I find the 50 to be my go-to lens in most situations. I almost always keep it on my camera and if I take it off it will easily fit in my pocket.  Since it is fast (f/1.2 or 1.4) I can use it in low light situations where a flash would be prohibited or useless like museums or churches etc. The high aperture also let you take photos with a short depth of field creating that nice blur in the background (and foreground) making it great for portraits or closeup shots of details.  But isn't a fixed focal length lens a problem if you need to get close to your subject or change the composition? Not really, you can always use your feet and actually walk closer or move around your subject. I also find that the fixed focal length forces me to be more creative in finding the right composition. During my most recent trip to Europe I actually made a point of shooting exclusively with a 50mm lens. I used both my Canon 50mm f/1.4 and my Mamiya 50mm f/1.2 with great results. I created a separate gallery that I will keep on this site for a short time only to show some of my work from the trip and how shooting exclusively with one lens can turn out different results. You can find the gallery here  or from my home page.


Please enjoy!