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EMULSIVE's most popular articles of 2019

EMULSIVE’s most popular articles of 2019

And here it is, the final listicle of 2019: the most popular articles of the year as decided by you. For a year dominated by new product releases across the board, it’s no surprise that announcements/updates from and about film, paper and camera manufacturers took a number of slots in the list below. If you’ve been following along with these over the past week, you […]

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EMULSIVE’s most popular film camera reviews of 2019

Here’s one for all you gear heads, this year’s most popular camera reviews on EMULSIVE. It probably comes as no surprise that three of the top ten feature compact cameras (four if you count the Mamiya 6 MF) and I’m glad that at least one part of my Hasselblad V-System guide made it into the top ten. I’d love to hear from you about specific […]

EMULSIVE's most popular film stock reviews of 2019

EMULSIVE’s most popular film stock reviews of 2019

There are a few days left for 2019 but fingers crossed, it’s the first year for quite some time where we haven’t seen one or more film discontinued – great, isn’t it? In fact, we’ve seen somewhere in the region of three new film stocks announced AND released – ILFORD ORTHO PLUS, Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II and Lomography LomoChrome Metropolis XR 100-400 in multiple […]

EMULSIVE's most popular darkroom related articles of 2019

EMULSIVE’s most popular darkroom related articles of 2019

If you’re on social media, you will have no doubt noticed an uptick in darkroom-related activities in our community. From home processing black and white and colour film to RA-4 darkroom printing, it seems that more and more people are getting into the darkroom in one way or another, and that’s fantastic news. Here are just a few of the articles you and the rest […]

EMULSIVE's most popular featured community projects of 2019

EMULSIVE’s most popular featured community projects of 2019

Passion projects abound in our global film photography community – you’re reading one right now – and I’ve been lucky enough to have published details of a fair few this year. The most popular ten of this year follow below but don’t let that fool you into thinking that’s all there were. Check out the rest here and then scroll on down. If you’ve got […]

EMULSIVE's most popular film photographer interviews of 2019

EMULSIVE’s most popular film photographer interviews of 2019

Welcome to the second of this year’s top-ten-as-chosen-by-you-listicles. Today’s (as you will have guessed by the title), is all about this year’s most popular film photographer interviews. Gearheads, be patient. You’ll get your fix in a few days. Before I let you go on, I just want to extend a massive thanks to the folks below, the 14 photographers I featured this year and the […]

EMULSIVE's most popular 5 Frames With... of 2019 v3

EMULSIVE’s most popular “5 Frames” of 2019

Merry Christmas! Hope you’re having a great day so far. It is with a heavy heart I bring to you the first of this years top-ten-as-chosen-by-you-listicles. Regular readers will know I’m not a huge fan of them but as the year draws near, I feel the need to recharge and although these take a fair amount of time to put together in their own right, […]

Found film: My 1960s Kodak Verichrome Pan mystery

Found film: My 1960s Kodak Verichrome Pan mystery

Several months ago though, I pined for a new hobby. I decided that delving into the lost art of film photography was what was called for. I started collecting Brownie box cameras and came to enjoy shooting 120 roll film. I learned to develop my own film since I didn’t like the expense and the wait of shipping my film off to a lab. I […]

Say hello to the LEGO Nikon F3, the new "plastic fantastic" film camera

Say hello to the LEGO Nikon F3, the new “plastic fantastic” film camera

Christmas has come early for LEGO fans and film photographers alike in the form of the LEGO Nikon F3 created by Ethan Brossard – aka LegoDog0126. The Nikon F3 needs no introduction but Ethan and his creation most certainly do. For that, it’s over to him. ~ EM This is a LEGO model of the Nikon F3, considered by many to be the best film […]

Canon AE-1 with and Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

5 Frames… With pushed Fujicolor C200 (EI 800 / 35mm format / Canon AE-1)

I’ve been told millions of times over – DO NOT PUSH COLOR FILM. Color shifts, grain issues, and just generally bleh images can occur. I’ve also been told, and have taken into my personal philosophy, that rules are made to be broken. I had a fun and active week ahead of me, a day out in my city of Chicago, and three days later, a […]

Building a point and shoot 6x17 camera: the TwoFourths DIY camera kit

Building a point and shoot 6×17 camera: the TwoFourths DIY camera kit

In 2016 I decided to back the TwoFourths DIY 617 Kickstarter project, paying about $185 for a kit that would let me use two lenses on the wood and plastic 6×17 format camera. I saw this as a point and shoot camera, requiring less effort than my 4×5 and 8×10, and much less expensive than the other 6×17 cameras that are available. In my photography […]

The mighty Salyut-S: Or, how I learned to love a Hasselbladski

The mighty Salyut-S; Or how I learned to love a Hasselbladski

While there were a number of different models made – see below – the Soviet copy of Hasselblad’s 1600F modular camera is commonly known as a Kiev, which was both a model name and a reference to it’s place of manufacture, The Arsenal, or more correctly, the Arsenal State Enterprise of Special Instrumentation in Kiev Some folk call them Hasselbladskis.  Released in 1948, the Hasselblad […]

The CAMERADACTYL Brancopan is a 35mm panoramic camera you can print at home

The CAMERADACTYL Brancopan: a 35mm panoramic camera you can print at home

My name is Ethan, I make cameras at CAMERADACTYL. I 3D print film cameras and ship them all over the world. If you haven’t heard of me before, here are some links to articles I’ve written about some of my previous projects, the CAMERADACTYL HOMONCULUS 69, OG 4×5 and 4×5 Field Camera. Now that we’re acquainted, I want to write about the newest camera I’m […]


5 Frames… With Revolog 600nm (EI 200 / 35mm format / Voigtländer Vito CL)

I am American living in England. Twice a year I return to my home in Wisconsin and stay at the family farmhouse my siblings and I inherited. My brother lives there and has an antique business. He attends auctions and estates sales for stock. He has begun to buy cameras he thinks I might find interesting and to resell. I love this! I get to […]

A complete guide to the Mamiya RZ67, part four: maintenance and miscellaneous accessories

A complete guide to the Mamiya RZ67, part four: maintenance and miscellaneous accessories

Over the past three weeks, I have introduced you to the Mamiya RZ67 Professional camera, its series of film holders and the extensive lens system. In this, part four of the series, I will introduce you to the main system accessories and some basic maintenance/troubleshooting concepts. The neck strap After purchasing my RZ, the first thing I realized would be a big problem was hand […]

Hasselblad 500CM + Planar CF 80mm f/2.8

5 Frames… With Kosmo Foto Mono 100 (EI 100 / 120 format / Hasselblad 500CM)

Over the past few months I have experimented with several medium format and 35mm cameras. I have also tried out different films like the new CatLABS X-FILM 80, some Fomapan films and the newly available Kosmo Foto Mono 100 in medium format. I am now refining my camera and film choices. I did run some Kosmo Foto film through my Agfa Record III: a camera […]

A love letter to motion pictures - by James Alexander

A love letter to motion pictures

My grandma would introduce me to her friends as “James the photographer” and I would whisper under my breath “‘I’m a filmmaker, not a photographer” but thinking about it now she was right. Since the age of 12, I have always carried a video camera with me, I quickly became fascinated with recording everything I could, almost like a video diary – this was way […]

Camera review: 14 years with the invisible Nikon FM3a

Camera review: 14 years with the “invisible” Nikon FM3a

In January 2006, after 5 or so years of film photography with a combination of cheaper cameras (e.g., a Minolta SRT-101, a Fed-3 and an old Mamiya 35mm), I bought a like-new Nikon FM3A for $429 USD on eBay. Since then it has shot hundreds (if not thousands) of rolls of film, and has accompanied me to 20+ countries on four continents. I have subjected […]

Kodak EKTACHROME E100 is out in 120 and 4x5 this winter

It’s OFFICIAL: Kodak EKTACHROME E100 is out in 120 and 4×5 this Winter [UPDATE 03]

UPDATE 03: Updated pricing of US$9.99/$49.95 for 1x/5x 120 rolls and $39.95 per box of 4×5 has been provided by the Film Photography Project and US$9.55 for 1×120 roll at the Find Lab. UPDATE 02: Pricing of US$18/£13.50 for 1×120 roll has been provided by Analogue Wonderland. This may be subject to variations on other websites, as Kodak Alaris does not set MRSP. Preorders are […]

Argus Argoflex Seventy-Five - Gregory W Brown

5 Frames… With Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS (EI 100 / 120 format / Argus Argoflex Seventy-Five)

I bought this Argus Argoflex Seventy-Five for $25 from a classified ad. I wanted to jump to medium format but didn’t want to invest too much before I had had a little experience working with larger negatives. It’s an odd little camera — almost a toy, really. The limitations of this camera are both exasperating and charming. There is one shutter speed (~1/60s), one aperture […]

A complete guide to the Mamiya RZ67, part three - lenses, filters and accessories

A complete guide to the Mamiya RZ67, part three: lenses, filters and accessories

Welcome back to part three of this guide. We’ve already covered a deep overview of the Mamiya RZ67 Professional system as well as a look at the system’s film holder options. For part three, I’ll be covering the lenses. If you’ve read the previous two parts, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the Mamiya RZ67’s lenses. They are very sharp and they produce […]

Uncoiled - Film Washi “S” (EI 50 / 120 Format / Ondu 6X6 Pinhole)

5 Frames… With Film Washi S (EI 50 / 120 Format / Ondu 6X6 Pinhole)

A few months ago, from intrigue, I ordered a bevvy of different types of Washi film. There are two types at the moment. One type is made from delicate Japanese paper. The other type is a hand-rolled sound recording film. I have intentions on writing an article for EMULSIVE from my experience with the paper-based films, but first I must learn how to get on […]

Canada Post loses $1,500 of Super 8 film documenting lost Tsuut'ina First Nation artifacts

Canada Post loses $1,500 of Super 8 film documenting lost Tsuut’ina First Nation artefacts

Imagine sending your film off for development, receiving a tracking code for its return leg and then being handed an empty envelope when it finally arrived. Well, empty save for the sales receipt. Now imagine that instead of a roll or two of 35mm or 120 film, you were waiting for 12 reels of Super 8 film and a hard drive containing a colour corrected […]

Rolleiflex 2.8F

5 Frames… With ILFORD ORTHO PLUS (EI 80 / 120 format / Rolleiflex 2.8F)

On October 24th 2019 ILFORD announced their ORTHO PLUS film was to be released in both 35mm and 120 formats (it was previously only available in sheets as a copy film). As the marketing manager for ILFORD Photo, one of the perks of my job is that I was able to get my hands on a pre-production roll. Like most of us, I have my […]

Add to queue: interviewing Nick Carver

Add to queue: interviewing Nick Carver

Nick Carver is a professional photography instructor who runs photography classes both online and in person from his base in Tustin, California. He also has a YouTube channel that he has been contributing to for the last six years and which has over 55,000 followers. Whilst he doesn’t post videos quite as often as some others in this series, I find his style is unique […]

Comparing Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II to original ACROS. What's the difference?

Comparing Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II to original ACROS. What’s the difference?

Understandably, I was very excited to hear the news of Fujifilm bringing back NEOPAN 100 ACROS in the form of ACROS II earlier this year. So, when a second announcement came with details of a November 22nd Japanese release date, I started making calls to see if I could buy some. I got lucky and $190 dollars and a week later, I received my shipment; […]

Fujifilm GW690II Professional and Weston Master IV light meter

5 Frames… With Kodak Tri-X 400 (EI 400 / 120 format / Fujifilm GW690II Professional)

This Story begins back in the year 2000. I had been an in-house industrial photographer working for an engineering and manufacturing firm for the previous 20 years. It had been about four years since the company I worked for relocated, shut down my darkroom, and outsourced all film processing. Without access to a darkroom, I was anxious to get my first digital camera for personal […]

A complete guide to the Mamiya RZ67, part two - film holder system

A complete guide to the Mamiya RZ67, part two: film holder system

Welcome to part two of this short but exhaustive series of articles on the Mamiya RZ67 Professional camera system. In part one I gave you a deep overview of the RZ67 system; its history, breadth, basic steps to taking your first photograph, focusing and use cases. Part two dives deep into the RZ’s revolving back, film backs and polaroid sheet backs. So, without further adieu, […]

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