Saturday, August 28, 2010

What. Is. Up.

First post since I was forced to migrate my blog! No difference to you, I think, but big difference on the back end. Anyway.

Thought about starting a Twitter, since, you know, that's just easier, and shorter... but then I'd be a Twit like everyone else. (I suspect that medium is on the verge of flaming out. Could be wrong!)

The reason I'm writing is that I'm feeling that tingle again. You know, the whisper in the ear, the longing... the need to shoot a real camera again. Oh you know the camera phones and digital point & shoots and even DSLRs have their place but oh my god how can that cupboard of human history and engineering marvels languish for so long? I NEED. To shoot. Film.

Following a few black and white Tumblr streams, some even not actual porn, and have some cool and talented Facebook friends and Flickr contacts whose photos I both admire and envy. That definitely got me going.

Worst of all, I went to check on my old friends and found not one, but two so far that actually have unfinished rolls of film in them! I used to be able to look through our family photo albums, and while admiring the subject, simultaneously think 'ah yes, this was when I got my first Praktica and this was with the Yashica GSN, and this one...' and now I don't even know what I was shooting with these random rolls. I guess I'll find out! At any rate I thought you should know, as I will be updating the site, posting new picks on Flickr that weren't taken with a random digital camera, and even - gasp - adding a camera or two to the page.

In the meantime I want to thank you all for all your continued support even as I have pursued other endeavors over the last few years, I do love hearing from you all. Not so fond of the GSN repair questions -- which I just no longer have the chops to answer -- and the 'how much is this worth' questions -- which by and large are just laziness -- but other than that I do enjoy hearing from you.



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  2. Hello Matt - over the last three months I have found myself slowly becoming more and more enamoured with old film cameras and learning 'photography' rather then capturing an image onto a digital camera.

    I quite often find myself looking at your web pages each time I find out about a camera I have never heard of before and am searching the internet for a bit of information about it.

    I'm not sure I prefer the XA2 to the XA, but I do like the simplicity of the zone focussing!

    I hope that you a) never give up updating your website and b) the positive comments are worth much more then the frustrating and negative ones.

  3. Anonymous8:49 PM


    I just wanted to say I'm a big fan. I've spent many a minute on your website looking at cameras longingly. You're among my big 3: Nakamura, Rockwell, and Denton.

    If you have a moment, visit my . I sometimes think photography is just an excuse for me to collect old cameras, meet new people, and hear their stories.

    And yes, sometimes I take photographs.

    Thanks again for your great website.


  4. I am looking for a manual on "how to repair 35mm cñamaras roll, I'm a firefighter and for my work I have damaged several, including Pentax K1000, Konica Autoreflex T, Seagull DF-300x and a few lenses, including a Cannon 50 1 : 1.4.ssc and would like to repair it myself. I can help,,, Thanks for your time.