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Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-17-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By vdonovan
Many thanks for the comments friends. I didn't...

Many thanks for the comments friends. I didn't realize the Nikon S rangefinder had it's own mount - I'm glad I didn't impulsively buy one.

That lens modification looks amazing, but a little beyond...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 04-16-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By vdonovan
Close focussing LTM Nikkor SC 50mm f/1.4?

Hi friends,

I bought a Nikkor SC 50/1.4 LTM to use on my Leica iiiF.

Of course it's great, but I see that this lens has the ability to focus all the way down to 18 inches. The Leica iii...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2018
Replies: 152
Views: 7,311
Posted By vdonovan
As noted by others above, that article contains...

As noted by others above, that article contains some sloppy reporting. Alaris didn't pay anything for the marketing rights. It was given to them in exchange for their claim to pension payments...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-13-2018
Replies: 152
Views: 7,311
Posted By vdonovan
I know votes aren't the same as facts, but I will...

I know votes aren't the same as facts, but I will throw in my hat with HHPhoto here. I know several Kodak employees (both Kodak Inc. and Alaris) and I believe the business arrangement is as HHPhoto...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-18-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,423
Posted By vdonovan
Like others, I mix in a plastic bucket and fill...

Like others, I mix in a plastic bucket and fill five one-liter brown plastic bottles.
Use distilled water and it will last a long time.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-04-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,700
Posted By vdonovan
The solarization is a well-known effect of the...

The solarization is a well-known effect of the Fuji Instant films. I have a friend who specializes in Polaroid photos using that effect.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-09-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,643
Posted By vdonovan
Edwin Land's Polaroid is long bankrupt and long...

Edwin Land's Polaroid is long bankrupt and long gone. Polaroid now is strictly a licensing company. It licences the Polaroid name to various manufacturers and collects the royalties. No product...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-05-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,319
Posted By vdonovan
I've shot FP-100c in freezing weather before. You...

I've shot FP-100c in freezing weather before. You want to try to keep the film reasonably warm before the shot, so that the developer in the pods will spread correctly when you pull it from the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-28-2016
Replies: 163
Views: 107,207
Posted By vdonovan
Jim's Campus Camera in San Luis Obispo, CA, is...

Jim's Campus Camera in San Luis Obispo, CA, is where I went when was discovering photography as a kid. A great place, with a very supportive staff. Closed in...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-23-2016
Replies: 158
Views: 18,208
Posted By vdonovan
The plot thickens. ...

The plot thickens. Again:
http://www.catlabs.info/we-will-make-packfilm
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-02-2016
Replies: 158
Views: 18,208
Posted By vdonovan
I believe you are right. Wholesale distributors...

I believe you are right. Wholesale distributors of Fuji's FP-3000b black and white film ran out of stock only a few months ago, though its discontinuance was announced almost two years ago.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-01-2016
Replies: 158
Views: 18,208
Posted By vdonovan
The folks at New55 say that this could never...

The folks at New55 say that this could never happen. It would cost tens of millions to take over the equipment and formulation, and even then you could not equal the quality of Fujifilm's product. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,023
Posted By vdonovan
I'm building a darkroom too. I found lots of...

I'm building a darkroom too. I found lots of good (and bad) examples by doing an google image search on "home...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-27-2015
Replies: 176
Views: 19,886
Posted By vdonovan
I'm lucky to have two good camera shops nearby...

I'm lucky to have two good camera shops nearby that specialize in film and darkroom supplies: Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley, and Glass Key Photo in San Francisco.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-10-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,244
Posted By vdonovan
New55 Instant Film FAQ

The folks at New55 (http://www.new55.net/) have launched a new FAQ page for support of their new 4x5 instant film. If you were a kickstarter supporter of this project, or if you have technical...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-09-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,102
Posted By vdonovan
The good news is that you are entering a new era...

The good news is that you are entering a new era of 4x5 instant film. New55 PN has just become available, which is a positive/negative instant film for 4x5 cameras. It works ONLY in Polaroid 545...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-08-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,953
Posted By vdonovan
Different worlds. Impossible is making integral...

Different worlds. Impossible is making integral films for Polaroid SX-70 and 600 type cameras.

A Polaroid back requires peel-apart film, also known as pack film. The only such film is Fuji...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-19-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 1,044
Posted By vdonovan
San Francisco's Project24

https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3894/18776096348_c4979ac582_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/uBbpi7)2-5 (https://flic.kr/p/uBbpi7)
Project24 assigned 24 film photographers to 24 San Francisco locations over...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-04-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3,973
Posted By vdonovan
I bought a bottle and have developed about five...

I bought a bottle and have developed about five rolls of Tri-x and a few sheets of 4x5 in it. Contrasty, fun, fast and easy to use.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-20-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,423
Posted By vdonovan
They are sold out, but the New55 Facebook page...

They are sold out, but the New55 Facebook page says that they are waiting on components to assemble more.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-03-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,967
Posted By vdonovan
Plenty of good advice here, especially about...

Plenty of good advice here, especially about using diffuse window light, especially if it's facing away from the sun (west-facing in the morning, east-facing in the afternoon, north anytime). ...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-22-2015
Replies: 1,217
Views: 437,584
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7487/15983619600_58...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7487/15983619600_58a937cd7c_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qmqefh)hmb1 (https://flic.kr/p/qmqefh) by vdonovan2000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 03-21-2015
Replies: 199
Views: 41,275
Posted By vdonovan
I don't think they are accepting new orders yet. ...

I don't think they are accepting new orders yet. I doubt that they will until they've fulfilled all of the kickstarter orders, plus the second round of orders that they accepted when they thought...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-27-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 6,343
Posted By vdonovan
It's really a matter of style. With FP-100c,...

It's really a matter of style. With FP-100c, you can shoot with beautiful vintage cameras, like the Polaroid 250. There are a zillion other interesting compatible cameras and devices - I've got a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-02-2015
Replies: 1,217
Views: 437,584
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/16396120671_7d...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/16396120671_7d09d40404_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qYSprH)
ken (https://flic.kr/p/qYSprH) by vdonovan2000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-29-2015
Replies: 589
Views: 89,543
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/16396120671_7d...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/16396120671_7d09d40404_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qYSprH)ken (https://flic.kr/p/qYSprH) by vdonovan2000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-20-2015
Replies: 415
Views: 164,898
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7513/15881972036_50...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7513/15881972036_5069287c1d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qcrfY5)dr5 scan mat002 (https://flic.kr/p/qcrfY5) by vdonovan2000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-20-2015
Replies: 137
Views: 69,821
Posted By vdonovan
Zeiss Super Ikonta with 2m extender Plus-X...

Zeiss Super Ikonta with 2m extender
Plus-X developed in Caffenol C-M

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7461/16140423348_403d4f2077_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qAgTxb)
c003 (https://flic.kr/p/qAgTxb) by...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 01-09-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,459
Posted By vdonovan
I would check with Jurgen at Certo6, he may have...

I would check with Jurgen at Certo6, he may have the part:
http://www.certo6.com/
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-01-2015
Replies: 589
Views: 89,543
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7487/15983619600_58...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7487/15983619600_58a937cd7c_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qmqefh)hmb1 (https://flic.kr/p/qmqefh) by vdonovan2000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 12-29-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,761
Posted By vdonovan
It's a great camera! I tape a bit of tissue...

It's a great camera! I tape a bit of tissue paper over the electric eye on my 250s that run a little dark, which worked fine. ND filter would work just fine too. Cloud filter might not give you...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 12-29-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 6,540
Posted By vdonovan
Lomography and Impossible Project are related...

Lomography and Impossible Project are related companies, both started by the same guy (Florian Kaps), so I'm sure that any product decisions at Lomography are made with Impossible in mind....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-13-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,105
Posted By vdonovan
Glass Key Photo in San...

Glass Key Photo in San Francisco
http://www.glasskeyphoto.com/#glass-key-photo
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-10-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 4,045
Posted By vdonovan
Not that it matters regarding the quality of the...

Not that it matters regarding the quality of the bags, but as a retailer I dealt with ONA the company regularly. I found them to be incredibly supportive of small business and a pleasure to work...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-07-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,132
Posted By vdonovan
Like benlees, I've owned both. They are very...

Like benlees, I've owned both. They are very different cameras, for different purposes.

The SQ is big and loud, good for studio work and portraiture, not that great for travel and street. The...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-06-2014
Replies: 734
Sticky: 6x9 photos Only
Views: 254,346
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3936/15436347826_6e...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3936/15436347826_6eaa1a0bbd_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pw4jq3)
Zeiss Ikon
Ilford Delta 3200
developed in Xtol
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-23-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,278
Posted By vdonovan
Remember that Polaroid no longer really exists as...

Remember that Polaroid no longer really exists as a camera company. Polaroid is now only a shell company that licenses the name "Polaroid" (and presumably the rainbow stripe) to other companies.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-17-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 5,172
Posted By vdonovan
I've got one for my Bronica SQ-A.

I've got one for my Bronica SQ-A.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 07-06-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,597
Posted By vdonovan
Dude, you nailed it.

Dude, you nailed it.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-02-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 22,498
Posted By vdonovan
It's great to put a face to the name. He CLA'd...

It's great to put a face to the name. He CLA'd my iiif, turned it into a whirring, clicking gem.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-28-2014
Replies: 99
Views: 6,945
Posted By vdonovan
I attended a talk this week by Michael Bain,...

I attended a talk this week by Michael Bain, Ilford Photo's North American rep. It was a fascinating and inspiring talk about Ilford's path through the changing photographic landscape over the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-10-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,997
Posted By vdonovan
I wonder if the price drop on the wide means THEY...

I wonder if the price drop on the wide means THEY ARE FINALLY COMING OUT WITH A NEW MODEL????
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-05-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,032
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7413/13633592535_0a...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7413/13633592535_0ac0687e3a.jpg

Sinar P with very precious FP-3000b45
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-05-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,032
Posted By vdonovan
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/13633930794_88...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/13633930794_88dec5f786.jpg

Sinar P with Fuji Pa-145 reducing back. This is a scan of the negative side of FP-3000b.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-03-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,094
Posted By vdonovan
Remember that when it was sold fresh, T-55 was...

Remember that when it was sold fresh, T-55 was about $4 per sheet, so $6 for a small-run film seems realistic. Of course, if photographers start using it in volume, the price will go down...

If you...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 03-31-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,158
Posted By vdonovan
Really nice tutorial, and looks like you are...

Really nice tutorial, and looks like you are getting great shots!

I agree about the taco method. I did a few sheets that way and got very inconsistent results. Finally got a MOD54 and I...
Forum: RFF News 03-20-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 10,642
Posted By vdonovan
Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley just opened a...

Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley just opened a brand new rental darkroom:
https://lookingglassphoto.com/darkroom
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-10-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,828
Posted By vdonovan
I agree it's probably due to the age of the film,...

I agree it's probably due to the age of the film, but make sure that your rollers are clean! That's the most common cause of uneven development.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-10-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,905
Posted By vdonovan
Thank god you were there to make the rescue!

Thank god you were there to make the rescue!
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-24-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,923
Posted By vdonovan
We do a lot of 4' x 6' prints. We have them done...

We do a lot of 4' x 6' prints. We have them done at a commercial sign printer, which is cheaper than a fine-art photo print shop. They do a great job and the prints look fine.
Forum: Travel 02-10-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,043
Posted By vdonovan
Another vote for Glass Key Photo, 442 Haight...

Another vote for Glass Key Photo, 442 Haight Street. It's a small place, but probably has the best stock of used film cameras and supplies in all of northern california. Matt, the owner, is a...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-31-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,759
Posted By vdonovan
I hate to say it, but I think the...

I hate to say it, but I think the instant-film-as-we-knew-it era is about to be over. In Polaroid's heyday, instant films (both pack and integral) were produced in such huge quantities that...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-27-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,575
Posted By vdonovan
A basic Polaroid pack film camera (like the...

A basic Polaroid pack film camera (like the Automatic 100) in good working condition will cost you around $100. Use Fuji-FP100c film (readily available online and at the better camera shops), which...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-14-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,299
Posted By vdonovan
The IP color films for 600 and SX-70 are...

The IP color films for 600 and SX-70 are basically identical except for the ISO rating. So if you shoot the 600 film with a neutral density filter in your SX-70, it will look about the same as...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 01-09-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,587
Posted By vdonovan
These are great. It's great when equipment,...

These are great. It's great when equipment, subject and technique all work together as they are here.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-21-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 5,542
Posted By vdonovan
Yes, we do wetplate collodion tintypes in 4x5,...

Yes, we do wetplate collodion tintypes in 4x5, 8x10, and 14x17.

Since we opened in 2011 we've taken over 4000 tintypes.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-21-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 5,542
Posted By vdonovan
That's us! Photobooth.

That's us! Photobooth.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-10-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,449
Posted By vdonovan
I recently developed some 4x5 using the taco...

I recently developed some 4x5 using the taco method in a Paterson double tank and it worked fine. I got marks on my film from the hairbands the first time I tried it. The second time I made a point...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-05-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,589
Posted By vdonovan
Great stuff! You are really using the square...

Great stuff! You are really using the square format nicely.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-29-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,886
Posted By vdonovan
Thanks for the correction! I was thinking of the...

Thanks for the correction! I was thinking of the Polaroid 600, which had a fixed 127mm lens. The 600SE indeed had interchangeable lenses. They were made by Mamiya but the mount was different from...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-27-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,886
Posted By vdonovan
The other choice for a full-frame, manual,...

The other choice for a full-frame, manual, better-quality camera is a Mamiya Universal. This is an interchangeable lens press camera that will give you a full frame image on FP-100c. The Polaroid...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-21-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 3,292
Posted By vdonovan
Where ya been Jamie? Film sales have stabilized...

Where ya been Jamie? Film sales have stabilized and have actually increased for the past three years. Ilford/Harman is doing just fine. Fuji's film division is profitable. Kodak's film division...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-06-2013
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
Bruno, there are several options for shooting...

Bruno, there are several options for shooting Fuji FP-100c instant film:

Polaroid 250, 450, and Automatic 100 are folding Polaroid pack-film cameras that have glass lenses, an aperture setting, and...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-05-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 13,109
Posted By vdonovan
We just started carrying these and they are...

We just started carrying these and they are indeed quality bags that look great. Hard to keep in stock, though!
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-01-2013
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
I recommend removing the spring, it definitely...

I recommend removing the spring, it definitely helps. And make sure your rollers are clean! Dirty rollers are the other common cause of film problems.

It's usually just the first two or three...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-28-2013
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
At my shop, we prefer the metal body folding...

At my shop, we prefer the metal body folding Polaroids. The 100 and 240 are essentially the same camera, both rangefinder pack film Polaroids with a metal body, tripod mount, glass lens, and a...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-28-2013
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
I wouldn't bother with The Reporter, it's not...

I wouldn't bother with The Reporter, it's not much different from the Colorpack. Save your nickles and dimes and get a Polaroid Automatic 100 or a 250, 350 or 450. These can do everything the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-28-2013
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
These are great! I like how you are using...

These are great! I like how you are using different distance scales for each shot, and you seem to have the exposure adjustment down. It's impressive the creative things you are doing with the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-22-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 3,546
Posted By vdonovan
More from our 8x10 Impossible Project workshops. ...

More from our 8x10 Impossible Project workshops. We're actually doing another one tonight! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.544009698995489.1073741841.161099803953149&type=1&l=ff31d2d349
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-22-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 3,546
Posted By vdonovan
We've been teaching a workshop with this film...

We've been teaching a workshop with this film once a month for the past six months. Yes, it works fine in the old Polaroid film holders and processors. Like other Impossible Project products, there...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-14-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,046
Posted By vdonovan
Ah hah! You can do double exposure with ANY...

Ah hah! You can do double exposure with ANY Spectra, using the following hack:

1. Take your shot, but keep the shutter button down after exposure. This will prevent the film from ejecting.

2. Now...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-06-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5,603
Posted By vdonovan
That's a helluva shot.

That's a helluva shot.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-06-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,046
Posted By vdonovan
Spectras can be quite sharp, with better quality...

Spectras can be quite sharp, with better quality optics than the inexpensive 600 series. best of all, Spectras can do in-camera double exposure!
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-12-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,032
Posted By vdonovan
Yes. If they are bundling these wireless...

Yes. If they are bundling these wireless triggers with the strobe, then presumably the strobe will connect just fine to the receiver unit. Hopefully they include the correct cable. The other unit...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2013
Replies: 163
Views: 107,207
Posted By vdonovan
How about some good news here? The last...

How about some good news here? The last locally-owned, full-service camera store in the East Bay (Berkeley and Oakland) is thriving and EXPANDING. They are moving to a new larger store, with two,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-03-2013
Replies: 623
Views: 144,512
Posted By vdonovan
Yes, you can use Fuji Instant in a Bronica.

Yes. I've shot tons of Fuji Instant in my Bronica with a Polaroid back. You get a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 image on the 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 film, but it works just fine.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 08-17-2013
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
It's not a common problem. Open the film door...

It's not a common problem. Open the film door and check your rollers, make sure they are clean. Also check the slot in the film door where the film comes out and make sure there is no gunk in there.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 08-07-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,898
Posted By vdonovan
On the same subject, here is a gallery of photos...

On the same subject, here is a gallery of photos from our Night Polaroid workshop, where we go out with 250s and 100s on tripods. Fuji's 3000b is, obviously, great for night...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 08-07-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,898
Posted By vdonovan
We are big fans of Fuji Instant 3000b (and, of...

We are big fans of Fuji Instant 3000b (and, of course, the Polaroid 250) at our shop. Here is an album of photos taken at our shop with both 3000b (negative and positive) and 100c, most all taken...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-29-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,456
Posted By vdonovan
Robert, the problem is that the mirror is locked...

Robert, the problem is that the mirror is locked up. This can happen when someone takes a shot on a film pack with an almost-dead battery.

First thing to do is to clean the battery contacts. Open...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-29-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2,133
Posted By vdonovan
Love it! Can't wait to see the pics.

Love it! Can't wait to see the pics.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-29-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 7,761
Posted By vdonovan
Many thanks, all. You've given me a lot to...

Many thanks, all. You've given me a lot to follow up on. And thanks for staying on-topic. To be clear, we want to source craftsmanlike, US-assembled bags. The reason is not political, it's just...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-26-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 7,761
Posted By vdonovan
Hi Joe, thanks for the tip. I don't think they...

Hi Joe, thanks for the tip. I don't think they are made in the US. They certainly don't say so on their website, and other forums say that their products are made in the Dominican Republic.

That...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-26-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 7,761
Posted By vdonovan
US-made bags for RFs?

Hi Friends, I'm looking to add a line of camera bags to my shop, and I would love to feature a quality US-made bag. I'm looking especially for a stylish, compact bag for rangefinders (NOT DSLRs!),...
Forum: Lomography 06-14-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 12,463
Posted By vdonovan
I agree this is a crazy but fun idea, one we...

I agree this is a crazy but fun idea, one we would love to carry in our store at the right price. We would want a complete package, with RC paper, chemistry, and instructions all included. If this...
Forum: Lomography 06-14-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 12,463
Posted By vdonovan
$35 is a pretty good price! We can't get them...

$35 is a pretty good price! We can't get them wholesale at that price. It will last for a few rolls for sure. Another half-frame camera we really like (also sold by Freestyle) is the Golden Half. ...
Forum: Lomography 06-14-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 12,463
Posted By vdonovan
That might have been me! I was there in March,...

That might have been me! I was there in March, shooting with a Diana Mini!
Forum: Lomography 06-12-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 12,463
Posted By vdonovan
I hope I didn't help make this a "death of film"...

I hope I didn't help make this a "death of film" thread or a Lomography-bashing thread. I think Lomography is a great company with great products ("great" in the sense of fun, clever, and...
Forum: Lomography 06-10-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 12,463
Posted By vdonovan
They are related in the sense that Florian Kaps...

They are related in the sense that Florian Kaps was a founder of both companies:

http://www.the-impossible-project.com/shadowbox.php?id=doc&type=people


I don't know for a fact that Lomography has...
Forum: Lomography 06-10-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 12,463
Posted By vdonovan
I know the management of the SF Lomography store,...

I know the management of the SF Lomography store, and we sell Lomography cameras in our shop, so I've had a pretty up close view of what's going on with the brand.

First off, the Lomography gallery...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-05-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,233
Posted By vdonovan
My only photograph in a museum collection...

My only photograph in a museum collection (Oakland Museum of California) was shot on 20-year old expired Tri-X. It was foggy, but that was part of the effect.

I agree with others, though: buy fresh...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 05-14-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 4,097
Posted By vdonovan
I have the two-shot version. I've been amusing...

I have the two-shot version. I've been amusing myself by doing multiple exposures - covering one of the lenses, shooting one picture, then covering the other lens and shooting another. Great fun at...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 04-29-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 4,633
Posted By vdonovan
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8397/8694040167_79e1...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8397/8694040167_79e1b6074e.jpg
Taken in Jamaica with a Sharan pinhole kit camera. Handheld, using Fuji Superia 400 film.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-29-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
Posted By vdonovan
Hi Jan, we sell a fair amount of the Instax...

Hi Jan, we sell a fair amount of the Instax system too, though Fuji does not promote it much in the US. I think of Instax as good for parties and social events, but not really much of an inspiring...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-26-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
Posted By vdonovan
Hey Jan, that's a great question. From the point...

Hey Jan, that's a great question. From the point of view of a our small camera store, it's doing very well. We sell about a dozen packs a week, and we sell at least one or two Polaroid pack film...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-24-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
Posted By vdonovan
Thanks for sharing that. I noticed that for...

Thanks for sharing that. I noticed that for black and white he is using the Fuji FP-100B film, Fuji's ISO 100 black and white instant film which has been discontinued. The FP-3000b film that is...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 04-12-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 4,167
Posted By vdonovan
By the way, my shop is sponsoring a contest for...

By the way, my shop is sponsoring a contest for 110 Photography! Only a few days left to submit, but dive in if you can: http://photoboothsf.com/call-for-entries/
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-10-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,220
Posted By vdonovan
I've made a few of these. It's a great camera to...

I've made a few of these. It's a great camera to use, with rangefinder focussing, full exposure control, and excellent image quality.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 04-01-2013
Replies: 85
Views: 8,931
Posted By vdonovan
While I loved shooting 220 (Kodak TXP was my...

While I loved shooting 220 (Kodak TXP was my jam), I will be happy if the current film manufacturers put their efforts into quality production (and promotion!) of 120. 220 going away was an...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 03-24-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 4,167
Posted By vdonovan
Taken on Lomography Orca with a Pentax 110...

Taken on Lomography Orca with a Pentax 110 SLR:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8588368374_3f587357c9.jpg
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-19-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,712
Posted By vdonovan
Yo Brian! You know I don't like to pay more than...

Yo Brian! You know I don't like to pay more than $10 for a camera, especially a Polaroid! BTW did you hear about the mint condition CONVERTED Polaroid 110a that I found in a pile of junk at the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-19-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Posted By vdonovan
I've had the same problem as John, with the same...

I've had the same problem as John, with the same fix. That Fuji FP3000b film is so sensitive that even the most microscopic leak shows up.

We have an interesting effect when we leave Polaroid pack...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-19-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,712
Posted By vdonovan
Those are extremely rare cameras, so the prices...

Those are extremely rare cameras, so the prices aren't surprising to me. They are collector's items, not shooters. I'm not saying he'll get them, but if they were MY cameras, that's pretty much how...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-19-2013
Replies: 76
Views: 15,086
Posted By vdonovan
John, thanks for starting this thread, there's...

John, thanks for starting this thread, there's some nice work here. The SQA is my favorite portrait camera:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8573117411_35be294e75.jpg
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-04-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,982
Posted By vdonovan
Hi Marion, your questions seem a little strange. ...

Hi Marion, your questions seem a little strange. You are asking questions as if Polaroid was still in business and still designing, marketing, and packaging products! Of course Polaroid has been...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-25-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,180
Posted By vdonovan
Bessa R owner here. Yes, no locking mechanism....

Bessa R owner here. Yes, no locking mechanism. There is no way you can break an R just by advancing the film.

There is a known vulnerability in the R, which is that the film advance linkage can pop...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-25-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 716
Posted By vdonovan
On Camera Shops and Film...

Hi Friends, I posted this on another board and thought you might find it interesting too, a brief observation as to why most camera shops seem uninterested in film:

As a film shooter, I was often...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-20-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,367
Posted By vdonovan
Great shots! My favorite is the girl standing...

Great shots! My favorite is the girl standing next to the whiteboard holding up a fist.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-20-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,367
Posted By vdonovan
Oops! Wrong link. I fixed it.

Oops! Wrong link. I fixed it.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-20-2013
Replies: 87
Views: 7,527
Posted By vdonovan
Another vote of the iPhone light meter app when...

Another vote of the iPhone light meter app when I'm out with my iiif. I'm working on improving my visualization chops, so I'll estimate the exposure myself first, then check it with the iPhone.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-18-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2,367
Posted By vdonovan
Congratulations! They are great cameras. Don't...

Congratulations! They are great cameras. Don't forget to save the negative side of the film after you peel it. Dried and scanned, it has a character all its...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 02-04-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 5,552
Posted By vdonovan
James, I've seen this in several cameras and...

James, I've seen this in several cameras and usually (not always), I fix it as follows:

1. open the film door and remove whatever film cartridge is there.
2. spray some contact cleaner (from radio...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-08-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,973
Posted By vdonovan
Very nice series, Mark, you are really using...

Very nice series, Mark, you are really using those Fuji Instant colors nicely! The particular camera you have, the 360, is a little notorious for being hard to pull because it has the timer in the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 12-17-2012
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
Fuji FP-3000b (scanned from the negative side). ...

Fuji FP-3000b (scanned from the negative side). Shot with a converted Polaroid 110b at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8282745669_e06c32a18c.jpg
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-15-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 6,667
Posted By vdonovan
If you are determined to use one of the Polaroid...

If you are determined to use one of the Polaroid automatic pack film cameras (any of the models I mentioned above:100, 240, 250, 350, 355, 360, 450.), just make sure that the battery terminals are...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-12-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 4,076
Posted By vdonovan
Regarding sharpness, it's my experience the...

Regarding sharpness, it's my experience the people buying SX-70s to shoot the Impossible film don't realize that the ISO is only around 100. The SX-70 exposes by varying the shutter speed (up to 10...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-12-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 6,667
Posted By vdonovan
Hi Andrew, I own a shop in San Francisco that...

Hi Andrew, I own a shop in San Francisco that specializes in instant cameras of all kinds. For weddings and such, I often recommend a Fuji Instax (either the wide or the mini) instant camera over a...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 07-02-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,701
Posted By vdonovan
We refurb and sell dozens of these at our shop,...

We refurb and sell dozens of these at our shop, they are incredibly fun to use. David and Robert above summed it up pretty well: get a battery, and shoot Fuji Instant film (100c or 3000b), which is...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-28-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3,348
Posted By vdonovan
I would be very very sad if peel apart goes away....

I would be very very sad if peel apart goes away. My shop in San Francisco, Photobooth, specializes in instant cameras and film. We sell about one Polaroid pack film camera and about ten packs of...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-18-2011
Replies: 589
Views: 89,543
Posted By vdonovan
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4296989866_079...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4296989866_079510f994_z.jpg

Taken with a pinhole camera, using Fuji Instant 3000B. This is a scan of the "scrap" side of the peel-apart film.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-02-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 3,024
Posted By vdonovan
Thank you both.

Thank you both.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-01-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 3,024
Posted By vdonovan
Closest focusing lens for Mamiya Universal?

I'd like a close-focussing lens to use for portraits with my Mamiya Universal. The 150mm focuses to about 7 feet. Does anyone have the 127mm? How close does it focus? Sample shots?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-16-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,269
Posted By vdonovan
You're out of luck, then. Impossible is the only...

You're out of luck, then. Impossible is the only company manufacturing new integral film for the SX-70. There is still some Polaroid stock out there, but, as you've found, it sells for a...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-11-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 5,073
Posted By vdonovan
Thanks. Your generosity toward your fellow...

Thanks. Your generosity toward your fellow photographers is really remarkable and much appreciated.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2010
Replies: 87
Views: 10,845
Posted By vdonovan
Loading 220, which is bad enough, on to a bent...

Loading 220, which is bad enough, on to a bent 220 reel, which it turned out I was holding backward for the first 20 minutes.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,778
Posted By vdonovan
Sorry for your loss. Having your personal space...

Sorry for your loss. Having your personal space violated like that can be VERY stressful, so take care of yourself.

Most important of all, you are safe. I'll admit though that when I read your...
Forum: Travel 12-02-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 4,727
Posted By vdonovan
I spent two months there two years ago, and then...

I spent two months there two years ago, and then a few weeks last year. Great country, great people, great everything. I never felt anything but welcome.

Second vote for Cappadocia and the Illara...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-24-2010
Replies: 1,025
Views: 158,496
Posted By vdonovan
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/4981805778_483...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/4981805778_483675ce03.jpg

Diana, with Ilford Pan F
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 11-03-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 9,160
Posted By vdonovan
Really nice! Innovative and beautiful.

Really nice! Innovative and beautiful.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 10-28-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 4,091
Posted By vdonovan
If the battery is no good, there are lots of ways...

If the battery is no good, there are lots of ways to hack it. You can clip out the battery holder and get two 1.5 volt hearing aid batteries and tape them together, which works fine. With a little...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-17-2010
Replies: 71
Views: 4,434
Posted By vdonovan
No. I hate hours spent scanning. I hate hours...

No. I hate hours spent scanning. I hate hours spent dicking with Photoshop. Put me in the darkroom anytime and I'll be happy.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-02-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 6,337
Posted By vdonovan
Oh no! This brilliant device will kill film for...

Oh no! This brilliant device will kill film for sure!
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 09-23-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 5,523
Posted By vdonovan
What a rewarding series this has been. The two...

What a rewarding series this has been. The two railroad employees in white are historically significant. You can see on their caps that they are the Pullman porters who took care of passengers in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-16-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,005
Posted By vdonovan
Why did I like TXP? Let me count the...

Why did I like TXP? Let me count the ways...
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1370/3352510133_b13b0a69b8.jpg

TXP 320 exposed at box speed, XTOL 1:2 for 11 minutes (? I think, I'm to lazy to go get my...
Forum: Travel 09-09-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,813
Posted By vdonovan
Simon, I'm very sorry for your loss. I live in SF...

Simon, I'm very sorry for your loss. I live in SF and I'm a bicycle commuter myself so this sad event is close to me too. San Francisco has a large and very active bicycling community, so if nothing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-07-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 9,449
Posted By vdonovan
John those are great shots! Are they in the...

John those are great shots! Are they in the Sierra by any chance? I'm a back country skier myself, and it's great to see the equipment (and the fashion!) of skiers back in the day.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 08-20-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,541
Posted By vdonovan
I have been MUCH happier with my digital color...

I have been MUCH happier with my digital color printing since I started profiling and managing color. I also took a class in color management, which helped me understand the process of getting color...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-12-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,386
Posted By vdonovan
Run a roll through it first if you can, make sure...

Run a roll through it first if you can, make sure that all the mechanical bits are working. The mechanical interlocks on Bronnies can sometimes go bad.

Also check the light seals on the film backs....
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 5,547
Posted By vdonovan
Go get 'em Matus! Shoot some film and make us...

Go get 'em Matus! Shoot some film and make us proud!
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 08-09-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 6,387
Posted By vdonovan
Hi Tim, it's one of my favorite instant tricks. ...

Hi Tim, it's one of my favorite instant tricks. This is Fuji 3000b, shot through a pinhole, with the reverse side scanned:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4296989866_079510f994.jpg
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2010
Replies: 116
Views: 10,550
Posted By vdonovan
Ralph Cutter, a well known west coast fly fishing...

Ralph Cutter, a well known west coast fly fishing master, actually does cut the hooks off his flies. "I fish for the grab", he says.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-30-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,606
Posted By vdonovan
Oh no! I just got a k-7! I might have to buy...

Oh no! I just got a k-7! I might have to buy that lens now!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-22-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4,642
Posted By vdonovan
I second that emotion. C'mon Costco!

I second that emotion. C'mon Costco!
Forum: Travel 07-20-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,282
Posted By vdonovan
Of course the Rayko gallery in San Francisco,...

Of course the Rayko gallery in San Francisco, just two blocks from the MOMA. They also always have an interesting selection of vintage cameras.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,825
Posted By vdonovan
Nice shots, Chris, that first one especially. ...

Nice shots, Chris, that first one especially. Good use of a compelling subject and short focus to create a background. I agree it works well in a small print because the subject is so arresting,...
Forum: Travel 07-16-2010
Replies: 95
Views: 6,215
Posted By vdonovan
My pick would be the Dolores/Valencia street...

My pick would be the Dolores/Valencia street area, or Cole Valley, but I'm a local.

If you are in the SFMOMA/Yerba Buena area, don't forget to stop in at the Rayko Photography Center at 3rd and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-13-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,817
Posted By vdonovan
BTW photoworkssf scans are very high quality and...

BTW photoworkssf scans are very high quality and reasonably priced for mail order. A high resolution scan is only $10/roll.

Interestingly, they do not offer this same price for walk-in service at...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-27-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,684
Posted By vdonovan
thank you for posting that link.

thank you for posting that link.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-19-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 6,511
Posted By vdonovan
I think you'll be hard pressed to find a shop...

I think you'll be hard pressed to find a shop that stocks that camera. San Francisco is not the film camera paradise we would wish it to be.

Rayko only has the Bessa rangefinders and a selection...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-16-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,945
Posted By vdonovan
Thanks for the tips, friends. 220 B&W is...

Thanks for the tips, friends. 220 B&W is probably dead for ever. There are a few rolls of TXP still available, but I need a film that I can shoot regularly and reliably. I don't shoot color...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-16-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,945
Posted By vdonovan
Doug, I LOVE 220, but there is no longer any...

Doug, I LOVE 220, but there is no longer any black and white film available in 220.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-16-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,945
Posted By vdonovan
Good customer service at KEH

I've always been happy dealing with KEH. My latest (5 minutes ago) experience was no exception.

I had ordered an UGLY grade 120 back for my Bronica SQ-A. What arrived was a 220 back, which is, of...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-14-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,704
Posted By vdonovan
She has a bit of "football shoulders", facing...

She has a bit of "football shoulders", facing almost full-on to the camera. It makes her look wide, which is not always a desirable effect. One can create a confident look without both shoulders...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-12-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 11,604
Posted By vdonovan
Those are great pictures, a pleasure to look at. ...

Those are great pictures, a pleasure to look at. It just to prove again: it's not the photographer, it's the camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-25-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 2,102
Posted By vdonovan
220: only a rant, no useful information here

I set up my portable studio at a wedding this weekend and shot portraits of the guests. In the past I've used Kodak 320 TXP in 220 format.

Now that TXP 220 has been discontinued and there is, in...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 05-14-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 6,387
Posted By vdonovan
I've put many AAAs cases into 100s. You just...

I've put many AAAs cases into 100s. You just have to snip all the plasticky tabs out of the battery compartment. It takes a while and it's messy.

If you want to go the 4.5 volt battery route...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-12-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 5,328
Posted By vdonovan
Spanish bums. Fuji FP-3000b. Junk-store 240...

Spanish bums. Fuji FP-3000b. Junk-store 240 converted with a Wollensak lens and shutter.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/4061712703_4f511d250d_b.jpg
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-10-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,112
Posted By vdonovan
Costco: EP-1 $499.99 with 14-42 lens, 4 gig card

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11525799&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|79&N=4040592&Mo=11&No=1&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=87150&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-06-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 6,859
Posted By vdonovan
Thank you, DN. Bronica SQ-A, 150mm with an S-36...

Thank you, DN. Bronica SQ-A, 150mm with an S-36 extension ring, Kodak TXP 320 shot at box speed, developed in Xtol 1:1. The lighting is a single flourescent softbox. f5.6/30th.

Slim works at a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-06-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 6,859
Posted By vdonovan
I shoot portraits with Bronica SQ with a 150. ...

I shoot portraits with Bronica SQ with a 150. For really close up, I add an extension ring. Here's my man Slim:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3436/3358259093_d70a59b0df.jpg
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 05-05-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 3,210
Posted By vdonovan
Nice pics, Ap64! Both the subjects and the color...

Nice pics, Ap64! Both the subjects and the color have a retro feel.

It's easy to hack a battery. Last year while in Istanbul a Turkish friend showed me her dad's Polaroid that had been sitting in...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 05-04-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 5,203
Posted By vdonovan
I was disappointed with my first Costco poster...

I was disappointed with my first Costco poster print, then I learned about color profiles (and I figured out that my monitor is poorly color balanced). Since then I've made a few poster prints where...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-02-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 5,328
Posted By vdonovan
Chris, I like your image transfer. Have you...

Chris, I like your image transfer. Have you tried transferring the Fuji-100c? I've never used the Polaroid for transfers, but I've done some with Fuji-100c that came out pretty well (not as good as...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-02-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 5,328
Posted By vdonovan
Another gallery item, Fuji 3000B shot with an old...

Another gallery item, Fuji 3000B shot with an old Polaroid camera modified with a Wollensak lens and shutter.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2545/4213985995_d568292f30.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-02-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 5,328
Posted By vdonovan
A tryptich of pinhole images made on Fuji Instant...

A tryptich of pinhole images made on Fuji Instant 3000. The original is currently on exhibit in a juried gallery show in San...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-26-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,889
Posted By vdonovan
Thank you for sharing this valuable test. I'm...

Thank you for sharing this valuable test. I'm changing my standard film and this really helps.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-19-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 6,387
Posted By vdonovan
Pavel, according to this web site, the 600 is the...

Pavel, according to this web site, the 600 is the international version of the 600SE, with fixed lens.

http://www.rwhirled.com/landlist/landdcam-pack.htm

I've got a Mamiya Universal that I use just...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-16-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,251
Posted By vdonovan
Congratulations! I love the red in that pic.

Congratulations! I love the red in that pic.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 04-13-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 2,047
Posted By vdonovan
Nice! I like the first and second shots...

Nice! I like the first and second shots especially.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-12-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 4,855
Posted By vdonovan
They spent big money to put that lens flare into...

They spent big money to put that lens flare into the Star Trek CGI scenes. A friend of mine developed the algorithm for it. The director liked it so much he put flare into the live action scenes by...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-05-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 6,159
Posted By vdonovan
I've posted this elsewhere recently on RFF, but...

I've posted this elsewhere recently on RFF, but it *is* as tryptich:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4484838694_12f9bc5e74_b.jpg

Salt Lake City, very late at night. Taken with a medical...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-02-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,414
Posted By vdonovan
...and what a story it is! Thank you for putting...

...and what a story it is! Thank you for putting these up. I love street portraits, and I think 2,9,11,12 are fantastic contributions to the human story.

But I like seeing them all together too....
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-02-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 4,748
Posted By vdonovan
I'll jump on the kudos bandwagon for Todd and...

I'll jump on the kudos bandwagon for Todd and Andreas. Buckets o' soul!
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-02-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 4,748
Posted By vdonovan
I've come to think of the irreproducibility of...

I've come to think of the irreproducibility of Fuji Instant films as a strength rather than a weakness. Each picture is a unique artifact, a singular work of art. Perhaps in an age when most images...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-02-2010
Replies: 43
Views: 4,748
Posted By vdonovan
Chris, for the record film is no longer available...

Chris, for the record film is no longer available from ANYONE for that camera. There is lots of info on the web about converting it to a hand-held 4x5, or converting it to packfilm.

Fuji's...
Forum: Other RF 03-09-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 956
Posted By vdonovan
!!! These things make me twitch. Look at all...

!!! These things make me twitch. Look at all those old folders and TLRs! I see at least one Barnack in there, plus a Polaroid 600SE that I would love to have.

...not to mention some really cool...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-07-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By vdonovan
I do this all the time. This summer I travelled...

I do this all the time. This summer I travelled in Spain with a modified Polaroid camera. I would shoot two pictures of people and give them one. It was a nice way to meet people and I got some...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-06-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,334
Posted By vdonovan
Okay, here you go: with the 50: 9cm deep, or...

Okay, here you go:

with the 50: 9cm deep, or about 3.75 inches
with the 150: 12 cm deep, or about 5 inches

the 50, with caps, is 9 cm long, or about 3.5 inches
the 150, with caps, is 12 cm long, or...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 03-04-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,517
Posted By vdonovan
Go for it! You never know what they'll like. ...

Go for it! You never know what they'll like. I'm entering some pinhole Polaroids myself.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 03-03-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 1,517
Posted By vdonovan
Rayko Pinhole Show, Call for Entries

The Rayko Photography Center in San Francisco has a call for entries for its annual Pinhole Photography show. The opening will take place on my favorite holiday, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day,...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 02-24-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 2,442
Posted By vdonovan
Yes, the gallery is open 10am to 10pm Tuesday...

Yes, the gallery is open 10am to 10pm Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 8pm Sat and Sun. Closed Mondays.

Let me know when you plan to be in town. i enjoy your work and it would be a pleasure to meet...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 02-24-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 2,599
Posted By vdonovan
fantastic. thank you for sharing these.

fantastic. thank you for sharing these.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 02-24-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 2,442
Posted By vdonovan
Plastic Camera show opens this Friday in San Francisco

The Rayko Photography Center's annual Juried Plastic Camera show opens this Friday. The gallery is at 3rd and Harrison.

The work in this show is always exciting, creative and beautiful, and opening...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-07-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 2,955
Posted By vdonovan
Well now I know what it would be like to sit in a...

Well now I know what it would be like to sit in a conference room at Goldman Sachs and pitch a junk bond deal! It's true, though, that the days of the zero-equity leveraged buyout are probably dead....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-06-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 2,955
Posted By vdonovan
Whoa! Thanks for the correction. That makes the...

Whoa! Thanks for the correction. That makes the deal even sweeter. We offer $2 billion, and pay if off in ten years, which means when we pay off the note after ten years each original investor...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-06-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 2,955
Posted By vdonovan
Help me buy Kodak's film division

Discontinuing 320 TXP in 220? That was the last straw. I crunched some numbers and have figured out that not only can we fix the situation ourselves, we can become rich in the process.

Kodak's...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 02-05-2010
Replies: 108
Views: 14,852
Posted By vdonovan
Thank you for posting these. Fascinating and...

Thank you for posting these. Fascinating and terrifying.

He nailed the exposure inside the plane. Did he use a meter, I wonder? Or just Sunny 16? I doubt he called it that...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-26-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,347
Posted By vdonovan
You could probably scramble around on ebay and...

You could probably scramble around on ebay and craigslist and put something together for less, but I too would throw down to get all that quality gear in one shot. Maybe offer a little less, since I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-26-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 2,831
Posted By vdonovan
email sent

email sent
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-23-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,472
Posted By vdonovan
A lovely street portrait

This is a lovely portrait. Imagine how different it would be if you just snapped her as she walked by! I bet you're wishing now you'd got her email so you contact her and send her a print.

I too...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-23-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,472
Posted By vdonovan
What a great pic. Superb in composition,...

What a great pic. Superb in composition, tonality and image quality, with a kicker!
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-22-2010
Replies: 577
Views: 86,403
Posted By vdonovan
You're striking a lot of familiar notes. I've...

You're striking a lot of familiar notes. I've been working with instant for about a year with a variety of cameras, including refurbished old Polaroids.
I love that reverse scan trick for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 1,342
Posted By vdonovan
I will second (or third or fourth) the positive...

I will second (or third or fourth) the positive views of others. I've spent months in Istanbul and have travelled all over Turkey. Turks are invariably hospitable and friendly, and I've never felt...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-18-2010
Replies: 50
Views: 3,870
Posted By vdonovan
I haven't purchased from him, but I actually like...

I haven't purchased from him, but I actually like his web site because there is so much valuable information buried in there. I've learned a lot from the information he has collected.

But I agree...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-16-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,472
Posted By vdonovan
I always ask. It's part of my photographic...

I always ask. It's part of my photographic process. I'm not an outgoing person and it was difficult at first, but now I find it very rewarding.

Most people say yes with good cheer. It helps to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-13-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 4,372
Posted By vdonovan
#1. I just like smiles For me, and this is...

#1. I just like smiles

For me, and this is entirely my personal view, #2 is too journalistic. It tells TOO much of the story. It speaks to us, as strangers, but it might not be what they would...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-12-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 873
Posted By vdonovan
Those times sound about right and I would expect...

Those times sound about right and I would expect both rolls (if properly exposed) to develop normally.

Some possibilities:
The film was underexposed to begin with.
Your developer is old or worn...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-09-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 5,416
Posted By vdonovan
10 rolls of Arista Premium 400 10 rolls of Kodak...

10 rolls of Arista Premium 400
10 rolls of Kodak 320 TXP (220)
5 packs of Fuji FP-3000B
7 packs of Fuji Instax Mini
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-08-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 5,670
Posted By vdonovan
Dwig, thanks for this background. As you...

Dwig, thanks for this background. As you describe it, the Polaroid pack film cartridge was clearly inspired by the sheet film pack. It's nice to get some insight into Edwin Land's design process. ...
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