If you know of a resource that might be useful for others that isn’t listed here, please feel free to suggest it!
Other blogs and forums that I read (not every day – I’m not crazy!)
- PetaPixel I like the variety of posts on this blog
- Large Format Photography Forum There are a lot of very experienced LF photographers here – I’m learning a lot from them.
- APUG – Analog Photography Users Group Same as above – Very good source for film centric information.
- F-stoppers – Some interesting stuff here, lots of analog stories
- Lenscratch – This is more about the art and artists than about gear
- Ming Thien Photographer – An amazingly talented individual with excellent insight, clear writing and most importantly fantastic photowork
- The Online Photographer – Mike Johnston – Very cogent and unbiased information here about a broad range of photography subjects.
- Steve Huff – I like his Film Friday section the best but lots of good stuff here
- Luminous-Landscape – this was the go to place for professionals and users of medium format digital backs. I spent most of my time in these forums in the last years, but lately its been taken over by internet trolls so its not as good.
- Photo Aesthetics Interesting articles on gear, art, photographers and more – by Mark Dubovoy and Jim Taskett and additional high profile guest writters.
- Image Sensors World – This blog is a great resource of information about image sensor tech
- http://blog.kasson.com/ Jim Kasson is a wonderful photographer with very deep technical insight
- Photo.net – This is one of the first forums I started to read years ago. Don’t let its outdated format fool you – this is a good resource with many talented and knowledgeable posters and decades of searchable information in it. I don’t visit that often anymore but its a great resource.
- TheCreatersproject – Creativity, Arts, and Technology
- MFlenses – I recently discovered this forum – lots of good information on lenses and sample galleries with images taken with many old cameras and lenses that are useful.
General Camera and technical information
- Film Holder Specifications This page has all you need to know if you are calibrating focus on your LF camera, building one, or film holders.
- Olympus OM system close-up and macro equipment resources
- Schneider-Kreuznach – Vintage Large Format Lens data
- Foto Node – Photo Equipment Resource – Great source of information
- Antique Cameras – Good resource for serial number lists and valuation for older cameras
- Das Lippische Kameramuseum – older small format cameras mostly Adox, Agfa, Altissa, Balda, Braun …
- Articles on LF lenses by Arne Cröll – He has written some incredibly detailed articles on LF lenses by Carl Zeiss (Jena and Oberkochen), Voigtländer, and others which he made available in pdf. Very useful.
Specific Make Camera information and resources
Ihagee and Exakta Products and History – Very complete website with manuals and product lists, history, service and pricing info
Exakta Varex iia (VXIIa) mini review – Rogerandfrances – I thought it was useful
Exakta Lenses – Very good information on the lenses for the small format Exakta’s
Rolleigraphy – great resource of Rolleiflex cameras (best on 6000 series I’ve seen) by Ferdi Stutterheim
Rolleiflex Pages – another great resource for Rolleiflex SLR cameras by Pascal Heyman
Rolleiclub – Fantastic resource on Rolleiflex TLR’s
Pentacon / Praktisix
Pentacon Six A very thourogh introduction to the Pentacon Six system starting with Praktisix. Some good info on other 6×6 SLR cameras like the Ihagee 6×6.
- Clear Dark Sky Chart – Cloud cover forecasts by location
- The Photographer’s Right – Printable Summary of your legal rights to photograph in public spaces by attorney Bert Krages II
- The internet Directory of Camera Collectors – Resource for historical information (maybe old now)
Image Galleries with sample images from different lenses
- Manual Focus Lenses Photo enthusiast from Norway has built a very good collection of sample images of different (mostly small 35mm format) lenses.
- Manuellfokus Mostly small format but some unusual ones
- Bowens Illumitran Slide Copiers – Make great film and slide “scanners” with digital cameras and macro lens
- Key Camera Service – Longmont Colorado – Dave Feeley Phone (303) 772-7690 Dave is a true camera technician with real skills. He’s not just a parts replacer like lots of the younger techs. He can read and understand a schematic and troubleshoot a faulty circuit board. I don’t think he does it often but he knows how to machine his own parts too. I use Dave for a lot or repairs – he’s simply awesome!
- http://www.precisioncameraworks.com/ – I recently sent my Sinar P2 to Bob
Stores and places to get film, paper, chemicals and supplies and cameras too
- Glass Key Photo My favorite local camera and film store. Film, paper, chemicals, used cameras etc.
- Photographer’s Formulary Here you can order many different types of bulk chemicals to make your own developers and other film processing agents. Also premade developers of many kinds, paper, etc.
Darkrooms and film processing – places you can go if you don’t have your own
- Harvey Milk Photo Center – Public membership based darkroom, film processing, digital lab, classes and workshops
- Rayco Photo Center – Comprehensive private fee based facility with classes and a gallery
- Berlebach – Wooden tripods, tripod heads and accessories. Wood is supposedly the best vibration dampener
- Sorbothane – Vibration dampening feet, pads, and other materials
Forza Silicon – digital sensors and cameras for cinema, science and industry