Film Photography Podcast 153
November 1, 2016
Show Notes by Michael Raso
Greetings folks and welcome to FPP Episode 153! I’m joined in the studio today by Mat Marrash, Leslie Lazemby, Mark Dalzell and Mark O’Brien.
First up, Mat tells us all about the folks at NEW 55 and their latest crowd funding for peel-apart color 4×5 film!
From the folks at New 55: “The news that there will be no more color peel apart products shocked the analog film world and accelerated New55 Holdings, LLC’s Color Instant Film research. Like you, we at New55 enjoyed instant color print film and want it to return to the marketplace.
We are now beginning an ambitious job to create the capability to manufacture both color and black and white peelapart film for all of us who rely on this type of instant film. This campaign will help pay for important machines and tools to make it possible. Hand assembly — like currently use in our first New55 FILM manufacturing effort — isn’t going to lead to production quantities or cost control.
We don’t have much time to get our first color 4×5 peelapart product up and running before the opportunity is lost forever. With your help, together, we can reinvent a new instant color film and keep an important artistic medium alive.”
CANON TL – Mark Dalzell reviews hos Canon TL Quick Load 35mm slr camera. Our friends at Camera-Wiki say: “The Canon TL, released in 1968, is a simplified and cheaper version of the FT QL, aimed for mass market overseas. It was designed without a self-timer, but used the same stop-down TTL metering and FL series lenses. While most TL cameras did not have the QL film-loading feature, a few were released with it.
The TL had a horizontal-travel, focal plane shutter with cloth curtains. The maximum shutter speed was only 1/500 sec. It had no self-timer. FP and X flash sync was provided with automatic-switching contacts on a PC socket.”
Canon AL-1 – Next up Mark Dalzell chats about the unique Canon AL-1. “The AL-1 featured here is not an autofocus camera, but rather an SLR with an electronic rangefinder to provide focus assistance. The first AF camera from Canon was the short-lived FD mount Canon T-80 introduced in April, 1985 (‘Short-lived’ because it was discontinued slightly over a year later in June, 1986).” – http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/SLRs/al1/
BOOK OF THE MONTH – Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era
Mark O’Brien reviews Robert Burley’s book. “Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of film-based photography, namely, the factories where film was produced and the labs that developed it. Burley’s atmospheric large-format photographs transport viewers to rarely seen sites where the alchemy of the photographic process was practiced over the last century-from the Polaroid plant in Waltham, Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, the birthplace in 1827 of photography itself. As both fine art and documentary, The Disappearance of Darkness is an elegiac reflection on the resilience of traditional art forms in the digital era and a vital commemoration of a century-old industry that seems to have disappeared overnight.”
Meanwhile, Mark Dalzell is fascinated by A CAMERAMAN’S GUIDE TO PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY – Long out of print, drop us a line if you track one down! Podcast@FilmPhotographyProject.com
Next up, Mark O’Brien gives us his Guide to Nikon 35mm SLR Cameras. Which camera should you choose to shoot!? Mark goes into great detail including expplaining the “bunny ears” or “claw” as some folks call it!
SP-445 4×5 Development Tank – Leslie Lazenby gives her review of the new 4×5 development tank. David Tatnall says: “This new compact 4 x 5 developing system is a welcome addition to large format photography. Designed by Timothy Gilbert a US engineer and photographer who wanted to come up with an efficient economical and easy to use developing tank system for 4 x 5 film processing. He succeeded!” Check out his review here.
above: SP-445 tank as tested by David Tatnall.
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