Along with the Orwo UN54 that I quoted before, I also ordered a 30.5 m roll of DN21 from the Orwo Shop. This was something unusual for me, as films not primarily intended for taking pictures in a normal camera are not my cup of tea. I mean, for graphic purposes I used a lot […]
5 Frames… In Florence on expired ILFORD PAN F PLUS (35mm Format / EI 10 Contax RTS III + Carl Zeiss Distagon 2,8/28mm) – by Julian Ruoss
Heya, I’m Julian, and this will be – hopefully – my first contribution to 5 Frames, a series of articles that I enjoy a lot. It was in March or April this year (2022) when I found that roll of ILFORD PAN F PLUS while strolling through a flea market. One reason I bought it […]
Featured Project: Enter the Forest by Alexandre Miguel Maia
Hi I’m Alex, and I’m currently finishing up a book about the forests I photographed for six years between 2014 and 2020. I hope that I can give you some insight into how I approached it and that I might be able to motivate and inspire you as well to create your own project in […]
The Contax RX: My search for the perfect camera
I started out writing a 5 Frames article for this excellent website but my typing ran away a little and I ended up realising it had turned into a mini-review of my latest 35mm acquisition, the Contax RX. I thought that rather than crop the article down, I would publish the long version in its […]
Medium format film camera showdown: Contax 645 vs Pentax 645NII
I love medium format cameras but sometimes I feel a bit lazy: I just want to shoot a camera that is quick and convenient to use. That is when I reach for my trusty Pentax 645NII. It is a medium format film camera, but at the smallest end of what’s officially medium format. The Pentax […]
Photography: Chime / 引磬 / Yǐn Qìng – Shot on Lomography Color Negative 100 at EI 100 (35mm format)
Shot on Lomography Color Negative 100 at EI 100,Color negative film in 35mm format,CONTAX AX, Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm f/2.8
5 Frames… Of Los Angeles on a quiet New Years’ Eve day 2020 (Kodak Ektar 100 / EI 100 / Contax G1 + Carl Zeiss 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar T*)
As a creative, making it to the end of 2020 felt like a literal Sysiphus myth — pushing a giant boulder uphill all year to stay creative, make money, stay healthy and not lose hope. It required a lot of patience, determination, and self-care. I made the move to LA in the midst of the […]
Camera review: The Contax G2… So close…
I’ve waited long enough to speak. We’ve broken up, it’s over. The romance was hot and quick. A flash in the pan. It’s time to do a review on the Contax G2. If I could anthropomorphize the G2, it’s an unapologetically awkward, runway-gorgeous genius. The Contax excels conquers in every way that matters, and falls criminally short in a few […]
5 (8) Frames of „Detritus / Nuovi” in Bucharest on Kodak Portra 400 ( 35mm / EI 400 / Contax T2)
Bucharest is a mix of old and new, beautiful and tasteless architecture mashed together in a dance of the absurd, visual clashes sprinkled at every step… I am always amazed at how the city evolves, in a way that virtually anything seems possible for the future. The city hall and private developers seem to have […]
5 Frames… In the bathtub with Kodak Portra 400 (35mm Format / El 400 / Contax G2 + TLA200)
I’ve been using the Contax G2 with the 45mm Planar lens for about 5 years now. It was the second proper film camera I had ever purchased, and upon shooting for the first time, I was in love. No other camera in any format has been as perfect for me as the G2. Similarly, as […]
Expired Film from 1987! Kodacolor VR 400 and the Contaflex Super (New)
Discovered in the depths of the cellar this film from 1987. My oh my expired, brittle and a pain in the major to develop and scan. Nonetheless, its finally done! Video and Images of my adventure across an alpine pass and up to the Ramsau am Dachstein plateau from some images taken with the Contaflex […]
5 Frames… Of Cinestill 800T at night (EI 1250 / 35mm format / Contax 159 MM)
My father was a hobby photographer and had a beautiful collection of Contax equipment. As I progressed in my work, he started generously handing down his collection to me for my desired needs. The first item he passed down to me was this Contax 159 MM, a camera that has a reputation for failure some […]
Push me, pull you: The Contax RTS III and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 35-70mm f/3.4
Following my CONTAX S2 review last year, I got thinking why I liked using my S2 so much more than my RTS II. After all, the RTS II had some great features with its centre weighted meter and aperture priority mode, it was a more relaxed camera than the all-manual S2. And yet, I did […]
5 Frames… With Lomography LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 (EI 400 / 35mm format / Contax G1)
A few months ago I was heading to Europe for a few weeks. I needed a trusty camera that would allow me complete control but also auto settings that gave me the freedom to capture images without much thought. My buddy Joe suggested the Contax G1 since he’d purchased one earlier in the year. I […]
Camera review: the Contax S2, “Simple is Best”
Two years ago at a tram stop in Antwerp, I misstepped on the pavement’s edge and fell over. It was a bit embarrassing and it wasn’t helped by my own wife and daughter doubled up with laughter at my expense. “Why didn’t you put your hands out to break your fall?”, they asked. To them, […]
5 Frames… Of Jarvis Cocker on Kodak Portra 400 (EI 400 / 35mm format / Contax T2)
This begins with a very unexpected message from a fellow photographer. Offering me a ticket to join him at All Points East Festival. With instant joy, I said yes! I couldn’t skip such an opportunity where I could watch The Strokes, Jack White, Courtney Barnet & Johnny Marr live, all in one sitting! This is […]
Compact camera mega test: The Contax Tvs III, hot property?
The Contax T2 is hot property, the compact de jour, if you will. The Contax Tvs III is basically a T2 with a zoom lens. It’s also much cheaper, so the Tvs III should also be hot property, right?
Compact camera mega test: The Contax T3, a super-rich hipster’s dream
The Contax T3 is so cute and desirable! The problem is that the T3 is crazy-expensive. If you are not wealthy, look away now.
Compact camera mega test: The Contax T2, the world’s most fashionable point and shoot??
The Contax T2 is the world’s most fashionable camera, apparently. Kendall Jenner uses the T2. Chris Hemsworth uses the T2. Various other celebrities I don’t know use the T2.
An early swansong? Reviewing the CONTAX AX: autofocusing manual lenses
When it comes to autofocusing manual lenses on film cameras there is really only one option: the unique and relatively short-lived CONTAX AX. Chunky sibling of the CONTAX RX and…