Zenit-E review – Kosmo Foto

Here’s a great review of perhaps the best selling SLR camera in the last century that maybe you never heard about?  Definitely worth a read. These days these cameras are really inexpensive on Ebay and you even can get more modern versions with motor drive for about $140 with a f/2.0 lens Kosmo Foto review of the Soviet Zenit-E SLR camera, one of the cheapest M42-mount SLRs available. Source: Zenit-E review – Kosmo FotoRead more

Reviewing the Rolleiflex 2.8GX Expression 75 years edition (it’s gold!) – By Aivaras Sidla | EMULSIVE

Really great and thorough article on Emulsive about the Rolleiflex 2.8GX by Aivaras Sidla.  Let’s start with the elephant in the room – this camera comes with some serious bling. It is in fact, a special gold-dipped version officially called the “Rolleiflex 2.8GX Expression 75 years edition”. Source: Reviewing the Rolleiflex 2.8GX Expression 75 years edition (it’s gold!) – By Aivaras Sidla | EMULSIVERead more

Wikipedia’s List of Photographic Films a great reference

Source: List of photographic films – Wikipedia Recently I landed on this great and very complete film stock reference page at Wikipedia and thought I’d share it. What makes it so useful is one can quickly find the particular characteristics of each film stock, ie. fine grain, pushes to ISO 3200, etc.   If you find yourself wanting to test different emulsions coming out or happen like me to get old film stock in lots of cameras and want to knowRead more

F-stop, T-stops and even H-stops

I’ve been reading about the differences between T-stops which are based on the measured amount of light as opposed to a calculated f/stop, and I’ve found this wikipedia page to be super useful.  Wikipedia.org page on F-numbers Check it out as it has lots of great information including all the math formulas and other useful information  – and btw   T-stops take in account the efficiency of the lens and can be different from a calculated f/stop because most lesses only transmitRead more

“The Russian Portrait Monster”: Helios 40-2 1.5/85 | hispan’s photoblog

Today I’d like to share a really great photo blog that I discovered while researching Russian lenses.  The blog started and run by Krisztián Horváth with input from others is really excellent as are his photos.   I’m linking to an article about the Zenit Helios lenses since I’m working with the new restructured Krasnogorsky Zavod PJSC (Zenit KMZ) to import new lenses and cameras for resale in the US via Zenit Lenses US.   Anyhow, back to Hispans Blog, I’ve neverRead more

Source: Filmtypes – Explore the world of analog film This is a really useful film comparison site….and I think it will improve as more reviews are added.    Hope they add sheet film!  I almost never shoot 35mm, but only 120 and LF films….Read more

Fantastic article on panoramic cameras at Only Images

 Article on Panoramic cameras and the Zenit Horizont KMZ Because I’m now importing Zenit Lenses and cameras I’ve been reading up on their older products like the Horizon panoramic camera.  This article about panoramic cameras by Walter Lungov on his website Apenasimagens.com is truly fantastic!  Make sure to check out his other articles too!  I know I’ll be reading through them all.Read more

4D Printing Already? | HP® Tech at Work

What is 4D printing? The 4th Dimension in printing is time or change over time – objects that can be printed in 3D that change properties over time or in reaction to external stimuli. Wow! Think of the possibilities! The link below has some details on what HP is doing with this tech. Source: 4D Printing Already? | HP® Tech at WorkRead more

CatLABS X Film 320 is Kodak 5222 Double-X

From Stephen Schaub “I really dislike it when film or paper is sold under a different name and the identity is kept “secret.” This is now the case with CatLABS X 320 Film which is- in fact- Kodak 5222 Doubl…” Source: CatLABS X Film 320 is Kodak 5222 Double-X While I’m happy that more film stock is being reintroduced, I do agree this is a bit shifty.Read more

Free eBook – Century of Optics

The Optical Society website has a number of books and pamphlets on a number of topics related to optics or imaging that might be of interest.  This Century of Optics book (free download) briefly covers topics from early camera and lens design to the development of things like bar code scanners.  Follow the top menu link to their bookshelf to see other books. OSA is the leading society in optics and photonics. Quality information and inspiring interactions through publications, meetings,Read more