Film Photography Podcast Episode 58 – May 1, 2012

Film Photography Podcast Episode 58 – May 1, 2012

Fujifilm FP 3000bHacker’s Guide to the SX-70, Polaroid Big Swinger, Rangefinders, Yashica 44, Large Format Tips and More! Hosted by Michael Raso and Mat Marrash, John Fedele, Dane Johnson and Mark Dalzell!

Show Notes

FPP Episode 58 – Shoe Notes! (What Show!!!)

The Polaroid Big Swinger 3000! Image by Christopher Robin Roberts /

FPP Listener Tony Kwong donated a Polaroid Big Swinger! Unlike earlier versions of the Swinger, it takes the familiar Fujifilm pack film (specifically the 3000 speed - Fuji FP-3000b and Polaroid 667).

above: PC adapters for your SX-70!

FPP Listener Georg Holderied designed a website (back in the 1990s)  known as the Hackers Guide to the SX-70. The site is dedicated to the modification and maintaining of Polaroid SX-70 camera including conversion to take 600 films and installing a PC Socket. You can find the site here:

above: The Smoove Sailors shot with Dane's Konica C35 - his go-to-rangefinder

Mat Marrash brings up the topic of rangefinder cameras. These small, light weight cameras offer the photographer a chance to see the world around their camera as they take the photo and are often much quieter than their SLR cousins. Some famous rangefinders are of course the Leica system, Yashica Electro 35, Konica C35, and the Contax G series.

above: Yashica 44 image by Mark Dalzell.

Mark introduced the Yashica-44 - a Twin-Lens Reflex Camera that uses 127 film and produces a 4x4 image. One of the good things about 127 cameras is that it’s very easy (and not destructive) to adapt them to take 35mm film (allowing for sprocket hole photography).

Next show in two weeks ("Tweeks - Tweeks - Whaddya a bird!?")

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Show notes by Alex Luyckx


Leslie Hunsberger's picture
I have one of those wonderful adapters made by Georg. I love using my SX-70 cams in the studio with my adjustable studio strobes. Just set up the studio strobes to dump out f8 and put the adapter in the flash bar socket and burn some film. Works like a gem. Great shoe guys. Thanks for the shout out to Imagine That!
Brian Reynolds's picture

Michael Covington has a web page with lots of information on Kodak HC-110 developer.

The Nishika was a cheap knock-off of the Nimslo. These are stereoscopic cameras meant to be used to make lenticular prints. To make lenticulars work well you need more than two views.

There are a couple of interesting things about the Nishika. The camera has a metal block in it to make it feel more substantial than it is. And when they were sold new the camera kit included a VHS tape with a promo video starring Vincent Price. You can find the video on YouTube.

The photo-3d mailing list on Yahoogroups has people still using these cameras.

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