Film Photography Podcast – Episode 139 – January 1st, 2016
Show Notes By: Alex Luyckx
Happy New Year from the whole gang! Joining Michael Raso in studio today is John Fedele, Mark Dalzell with a stop-in from Mark O'Brien and Leslie Lazenby! On the table for this New Year’s show is a crash course in the Canon EOS system, new 4x5 developing tank, the Calumet 8x10 camera, Listener Letters, the FPP Donation Program and so much more! Stay tuned in!
FPP School Donation Program!
It was a huge year for the FPP Donation Program
! And one of the schools that was a recipient of some of our cameras actually made it into the news! The Tampa Bay Times did a whole article
about the photography program at the school and their use of film! These are your donations at work! To learn more you can visit our donation page to see how you can help!
A Compact Film Developing System!
There’s a new Kickstarter out there for large format film shooters. The SP-445
is a compact 4x5 daylight (load in the dark, develop in the light) developing tank that has already reached its funding goal! This is a simple, easy to load four sheet developer designed by Timothy Gilbert (pictured above) as an elegant cheap solution for developing 4x5 sheet film - complete with a built in agitation system! Best part is that this is a daylight tank! They hope to have it shipped by April of 2016. And there’s still time to help this project out by visiting their kickstarter page and kicking in some cash if you’re interested!
The Trip 35 – Great Performance in a Compact Package
Leslie Lazenby and Mark O’Brien drop in quickly to talk on the awesome cult classic camera the Olympus Trip 35!
The best part is that you don’t need to know the secret handshake to own one. This is a zone focus (plus distance numbers are on the bottom of the lens barrel) point & shoot camera powered by a selenium meter for automatic exposure (or semi-auto aperture priority) the camera boasts a Zuiko 40mm f/2.8 lens. Since the camera runs off the selenium meter no batteries are needed. Most people who has used this camera love it! Mark points out that this is such a simple camera and it’s not intimidating great for street photography! Plus this camera has a hot shoe and PC Socket plus it accepts the 43.5mm threaded filter size. IF you haven’t tried it out, the camera is highly recommended by Michael, Mark (O’Brien), and Leslie!
Going Big – The Calumet 8x10
Mark Dalzell has gone big, as in the 8x10 film size! His latest edition is a massive 1960s army green Calumet 8x10 view camera. This camera dropped into Mark’s lap as many in the NJ area know that he buys up music and camera gear and this beast of a camera rolled into his shop complete with an Astar 209mm f/9 lens. He’s already picked up some film holders but isn’t really looking forward to the amount of work needed to shoot and develop the shots. While it’s too grey out right now for Mark’s taste to go out and photograph but hopefully soon! As for the camera this is a great starter camera that is cheap (within the context of 8x10) for those who are getting into the world of 8x10 photography!
Crash Course – The Canon EOS System
The Canon EOS (Electro-Optical System)
is the current camera system for SLRs from Canon covering their film and modern digital systems. It was introduced in 1987 with the EOS 650
. These are all autofocus cameras and are great for family functions since you can pretty much hand it off to anyone and they can work the camera with ease! The camera’s themselves will pull the film into the take up side and back roll it back into the film canister as you shoot. The cameras have fully automated mode (Program), as well as two semi-auto modes Tv (Shutter Priority) or Av (Aperture Priority), and of course full manual. The cameras do read DX codes to read the speed of the film, but you can override that by pressing the ISO button and using the command dial to adjust. And the best part is that if you run a Canon digital SLR you can mount your EF (not EF-S) lenses on these cameras, or if you go digital and have a pile of lenses for the EOS film system you can mount them on your digital. These are great easy and fun to use cameras if you’re just getting into film photography! Of course it’s always wise to read the manual about your specific model camera and if you don’t have the manual you can find it on Mike Butkus site
That’s it for us on this show! But don’t worry we have a big year planned for the FPP and we’ll be back in a short two weeks! As always you can get in touch with us by email: email@example.com
or by the regular postal service: Film Photography Podcast PO Box 152, Butler, NJ, 07405, USA.
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! And signing us out are the awesome Holiday sounds of the Smoove Sailors!