Tuesday
Apr262016

Damn you Fuji!

I've always been keen to point out that the older style Polaroid (and Fujifilm FP100) give better results than Impossible Project 'spit the chip' types. So imagine my dismay at the news that Fuji is about to discontinue it. Perhaps it was too much of a challenge to their Instax line. This effectively orphans not only older folding Pola's but also Pola backs for medium format cameras like Hasselblad and Mamiya RB67, specilaised Polaroid cameras for microscopes and slide copying, four image passport cameras (great fun) and others. This news comes on the heels of their decision to discontinue 5x4 film packs, over a year ago. 

The price of FP100c and bw has already jumped from $25 or so to over $35 in expectation of dwindling stocks. I understand that some boutique film pack makers in the US may be producing or about to produce their own versions in classic film pack size (quarter plate) including the legendary P/N type which they're already doing in 5x4 - film that gave you both a print AND a negative. Imagine, a 5x4 instant black and white test print and an easy develop negative (just soak in water and dry later). I hope this is true.

Thursday
Feb262015

Polaroids and their films

Girls love Pola's and I've sold a few over the past months. So I decided for the first time in my life to do the press-click-whirr routine (I've used peel apart about a hundred years ago for quick catalogue shots). 

Unfortunately that Impossible Project SX-70 Cold Tone Monochrome pack I bought (claimed New by seller) was impossibly weird. The middle third (vertical strip) was nice and cool but the thirds on either side were distincly brown. Worst rule of thirds I've seen! Dud film?! The 600 model that showed up gave me a chance to try colour for free but the film in it must have been waaaaay too old - dull and yellow orange. Ah well, at least I was able to check for function and focus!

SX-70 Sonar with working (!) auto focus on offer soon, with new leathers and tripod adapter.. One Step Express (600) too (built in flash) available now. SX-70 close-up set also available.

Thursday
Feb262015

All Change! Feb. 2015

Earlier posts relate to my previous job as a reviewer of new digital cameras for Digital Photography and Design Magazine and for Australian Photography magazine and web site. From now onI'll be blogging here about some of the more interesting items to cross the shop counter, especially if I get the chance to use them. 

Wednesday
Mar282012

Nikon D4

Shooting with the beast at the moment. Nikon loaned me a D4 for a couple of weeks with the standard 24-70mm zoom and one of my favourite lenses, the 14-24mm. With the standards zoom and a flash on, the thing weighs around 3kg - a real arm killer. Amazingly, it is lighter than the D3. When the D3 came out in 2007, it was a real game changer. I doubt that the D4 will be that much of a shock to the system but it's pretty impressive.

Being a Canon shooter, I had some problems getting it set up he way I wanted but as usual, using a top of the line pro cam like this is a joy. Everything is fast and precise. I prefer a Canon I'm afraid but that's probably because i'm used to them. I had trouble with the focus point wandering all over the place for instance until I learned how to lock it. 

There's a different tonality to the images to what I saw in the D3's. The typical result with default setting and Picture control set to the standard setting seems softish but high resolution and sharpens up well in Lightroom. Interesting.

Thursday
Mar012012

Fuji X-Pro 1

I interviewed Michael Coyne about his experiences with the new Fuji lust object. Michael is a world renowned documentary photog. and one of the first in the world to test the beast. He no longer had the camera (damn) but I've got a strange feeling that there may be one in my future sometime!

Michael got hit with trolls on DP Review rather badly - claims that he cheated the high ISO result and was working as a shill for Fuji. Obnoxious stuff - who are these cretins and why are they allowed to have computers?

See the full article and conversation at -

http://www.australianphotography.com/news/fujifilm-x-pro-1-a-preview-with-michael-coyne