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Weird Lens. Replichrome.

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A colleague of mine let me borrow a very interesting lens this past weekend. Apparently he sent an old compact film camera, equipped with a fixed 28mm wide-angle, to an outfit in Japan. They removed the camera’s glass and built an M-Mount lens around it, complete with aperture control, focus tab, and a distance scale.

The result is a very nicely made, body cap of a lens that makes a Leica camera feel strangely light-weight in use. More interesting than the somewhat unusual ergonomics, however, are the fun results you get from this optic (the lens actually vignettes more as you stop it down). In practice, this rangefinder/lens cap lens combo just begs to be shot from the hip. Set it to f8, zone focus, and treat it like a little point and shoot street cam. Extremely fun.

A black and white conversion seemed like a good fit for the resulting images, and I used this opportunity to run the raw files through a new set of film emulation presets I’m trying. The folks at Totally Rad were nice enough to let me download a copy of Replichrome for Lightroom, a suite of 134 film emulating presets with custom profiles for 386 cameras. I’m told that Totally Rad will update their custom profiles with each update release for Lightroom / ACR, which is very cool.

I plan to do a lot more testing with Replichrome, but for now here’s a sampling of their excellent Kodak 400CN and 400CN+ film presets (the “+” variant simulates the look of the film in reaction to overexposure). It’s clear that a lot of work went into developing this software, and I’m pretty impressed with what I’m seeing so far:

All Images: Leica M9 | Some Weird 28mm Watchumacallit M-Mount Lens | Replichrome Kodak 400CN

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September 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Around Town With The Sony RX100 II

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Spent some time behind Sony’s hot new RX100 Mark II over the last couple of days. I’m still waiting on RAW support so I can really see what these files have to offer, but even the JPEG files from the camera that I’m posting here look pretty good to me. For a camera that easily slips into a small pocket, I’m very impressed.

The above shot of the Bay Bridge was taken hand held at about 1/15 of a second at ISO3200. That’s a pretty sensitive 1″ sensor they packed into this little guy. The RX100 II is so good that I’m pretty sure I could take it on a trip as my only camera and be perfectly happy. This is a serious imaging machine!

All Images: Sony RX100M2

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July 31, 2013 at 7:21 am

Summer Days

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I’m loving these long summer days. Beautiful light in the morning, beautiful light in the evening. Perfect for a late afternoon stroll though the park with the family and a crazy medium format camera that I’m testing. Enjoy the summer while it lasts!

Images: Hasselblad H5D-40 + 80mm f/2.8 HC

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May 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

P O L A R O I D

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It’s been a while since I revived my now irreparably broken Polaroid Land Camera 450. But that camera lives on in a way, with its Zeiss Ikon finder now mounted to my recently acquired Land Camera 240. For my first pack of color film with the camera, I set up a light in my cousin’s back yard and took a few portraits of Bridget and Suki:

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Between the 1967 Land Camera 240 and my all-plastic Colorpack II, I’ve become quite addicted to shooting pack film lately. Here are some frames taken with the latter, which, though lacking in finesse when compared to the 240, is still a blast to shoot with:

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One of the cool things about the Colorpack II is that it takes those Blue Dot Flash Cubes. Not a very refined light source, but still a ton of fun:

You know, in today’s very digital world, pulling a developed print out of one of these beautiful cameras feels downright miraculous. I think it’s about time I loaded my freezer up with pack film!

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Polaroid Land Camera 240 | Polaroid Colorpack II | Fuji FP-100C | Fuji FP-3000B

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March 5, 2013 at 7:48 am