Every summer we swear we will keep the craziness in check.  We will limit our activities and commitments.  This year we really meant it.  We limited the number of horse shows and trips we had planned.  Things were looking and feeling good. And yet. . . Saturday: First day with Kiddo back from her grandparents’.…

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SMENA 35 – Week 62 Results

The SMENA 35 is very much an updated plastic version of the SMENA 8M. The controls are virtually identical. Focus is via scale, delineated in meters, with cheat symbols (one head, two heads, family, mountain.) Aperture is set on the face of the lens, and this doubles as a film speed setting. Shutter speed can…


Week 22 – WOW!

I have slowed my camera collecting recently and have even de-accessioned pieces which I don’t care about. This spring I spent a few weeks watching a Craigslist ad for a Mamiyaflex C2, and when it didn’t move I gave the owner a call. I have heard great things about Mamiya TLRs. At first blush I…


Week 20 – Surprise!

While I was awaiting the return of my slides from the lab, I grabbed my Polaroid Spectra for a few quick shots.  It had a pack of Impossible B&W which I needed to finish. Imagine my surprise when these popped out.  I really shouldn’t let cameras sit around with film in them for so long.


Week 18a – More NYC

Lately I find myself attracted to early automatic SLRs. My Canon T70 was a 99 cent eBay find which uses Canon FD-mount lenses, and it arrived just before we left for NYC. If anything happened to it in the Big Apple, I would miss the 50mm/1.4 lens more than the camera body. We took it…

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Week 18 – NYC

For Roll #18 we return slightly closer to the present. Last week Beth and I traveled to New York City for a brief couple of days. The first rolls back are HP5 developed at home.  Grand Central Terminal during the evening rush hour.  There is a couple in the center of the frame dancing. Camera:…


Week 17 -Amtrak

I continue to shoot for my 52 Rolls project, but I have not found the time to develop much.  These are posted as Week 17 while I catch up. Beth was excited about riding the Acela for the first time in her memory. Then it broke, dumping us onto another train in Old Saybrook, CT.…