“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

Andre Kertesz’s Photos From His Window

I’ve always enjoyed Andre Kertesz work particularly his polaroid shots and also the ones from his apartment window.  Here’s an interesting article in the NY Times about him that details the shots from his apartment on Fifth Ave. The photographer’s images of Washington Square Park revealed, with affection and longing, a Hungarian émigré who was an outsider in his adopted land. Source: Andre Kertesz’s Photos From His WindowRead more

Facial recognition technology – a threat to privacy? “Opinion | We Built a (Legal) Facial Recognition Machine for $60”

From the New York Times article by Sahil Chinoy on April 16th 2019 What we found shows the technology’s promise — and perils. Source: Opinion | We Built a (Legal) Facial Recognition Machine for $60 Facial recognition technology – a threat to privacy? The NY Times article details how easy it is to use existing public web cameras that live stream and services like Amazon’s or Microsoft’s facial recognition services to identify and track people.   It’s a bit chilling actuallyRead more

Reblogged from Lensrentals / Roger Cicala: The Heights and Depths of Nadar: TL;DR Version 

I’ve seen references to Nadar in lot’s of photography books, and recently I decided to google him to learn more and that’s how I came upon Roger Cicala’s post on Nadar. I do occasionally read his very informative articles, but hadn’t seen this one on Nadar. He was quite a character and among other things also a very good photographer!   This rotating self portrait gives one a glimpse into his character.    Roger’s article will tell you a lot moreRead more