Film Photography Podcast – Episode 151 – October 1, 2016
Show Notes By Alex Luyckx
We’re back! Joining Michael Raso in studio today is Leslie Lazenby, Mark O’Brien, and Mark Dalzell. Topics on today’s shoe are the Voigtlander VF101, Leica C1, Instax Explosion, The Film Photography Handbook, the Doxie Scanner, Listener Letters, Tim Tams, and more! Grab yourself a caffeinated drink and keep us tuned in!
School Donation Program! Before recording began the gang spent hours organizing cameras for the ongoing FPP School Donation Program. Cameras are donated to The FPP from all over the world. Michael & crew test each and every camera before donating them out to schools in need. This fall, the Lafayette High School (Indiana), Pickerington High School (Ohio) and Kalazmazoo Community College (Michigan) are recipients of cameras! Do you have a camera or film to donate? Follow the link HERE for info! (Pix above: Mark O’Brien camera testing)
Continuing on the theme of Leica, Leslie recently had a Leica come across the door of her shop in lovely downtown Findlay, Ohio. But it isn’t a Leica that you’d expect. The Leica C1 is a compact 35mm camera that was produced in the late 1990s – but you won’t see it called a Point-And-Shoot in any of the marketing material from Leica. While it’s not a bad camera, it does have a nice super zoom lens going from 38mm to 105mm (the widest range of the Leica “C” line). But Leslie does have some issues with it. First off the metal body collects fingerprints like no one’s business which after some use makes it look pretty bad. They can be cleaned but the fingernail marks from turning the camera on and off on the rubberized top plate cannot. So after heavy use it can get pretty ugly. Also the rubberized plates can get a bit sticky in the humid summer months. Originally the camera was marketed at 500$ and even today commands a 90-100$ price tag. Leslie would much prefer to shoot with a Leica Minilux.
FPP superfriend, Jim “Jimages” Austin has a new side publication, Shinzen is an electronic ‘zine and the most recently publication “Trees” features photos from Mat Marrash, John Meadows, and several other excellent photographers. You can download it and the past issues for free from Jim’s site: www.jimages.com/SHIZEN.php
Like anyone who shoots spontaneous portraits of people on the street or at a party with your instant camera and want to give it to the person, you soon realize that you don’t have a copy of the image yourself. Well fret no more, Mark O’Brien has a neat accessory that will solve your dilemma! The Doxie Flip scanner, while originally designed to digitize field notes works great for scanning your Instax Mini/Wide, Impossible Project, and Type 100 peel apart prints in the field! The Flip Scanner runs on AA batteries and scans a JPG file directly to an SD Card, you don’t even need a computer to make it work. And at the size of an iPad Mini it tucks away neatly in your camera bag! Then when you get home, plug in the SD Card into your computer and upload to your heart’s content. And at a price of just over 100$ it makes a great gift for any instant shooter out there!
Leslie received a band new film photography book! The Film Photography Handbook is a modern publication that brings you the basics of film photography while combining the traditional with the modern digital age we live in. The book covers all the bases, from choosing a camera and a film format, but also film sizes and types. What to look for when buying used gear, developing your film, scanning and post-processing your film in a digital environment. The book also has info on printing digitally, traditionally and alternative methods and more. A must have for anyone getting into the medium or those who want to tone down their library of ancient books on the subject matter. It’s available through Rocky Nook Press as a hardcover (39.95$) or eBook (31.99$), plus if you punch in the promo code FPP35 you get a nice 35% discount!
Mark Dalzell has been skipping through the fields with his new favourite camera. Now at first glance the Voigtlander VF 101 looks like your average electronic cameras from the 1970s. But this sweet little rangefinder is actually a gem. The Color-Skopar 40mm f/2.8 lens is sharp, and the full/semi-automatic functionality makes the camera a joy to use. And even though it takes PX625 batteries, you can easily run it with LR44 batteries and some tinfoil to make up the connection as the camera requires 3 volts.
SPECIAL! Be sure to check out our show special (link HERE) – our C-41 Development kit PLUS two free rolls of the sweet Kodak Vision3 50D motion picture film.
FPP In-Store! If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, you can now purchase our handrolled film from Downtown Camera (55 Queen St E, Toronto, ON). They currently stock FPP Retrochrome (320 and 160), Eastman Double-X (5222), Eastman 5363, and 2366! Peruse all the hand-roll FPP films here.
That’s it for this episode! We’d love to hear from you, shoot us an email at: Podcast@FilmPhotographyProject.com or send us actual post at: Film Photography Podcast PO Box 264 Fair Lawn, NJ 07410