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5 Frames… Of golden hour on a Balda Baldi 29 and Fomapan 100 Classic (120 format / EI 100 / Baldanar 80mm f/2.9 Triplet) – by Leon Blankenhorn

Where your comfort zone ends is where you discover something new and fun. Keeping that euphemism in mind, I decided against a slow and cozy morning one Sunday in this past August, and went to get my bike out of the shed instead. The lockdowns in recent history have blessed many of us with new […]

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5 Frames… At the races on Fomapan 400 Action with a Pentax P30 (P3) + Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Adaptall-2 171A)

We decided a fine brisk November morning called for a day trip to a nearby annual charity horse race meeting at Exeter Racecourse, one of England’s oldest racetracks. It’s also the highest, which can mean it’s swept by bitingly cold winds. On that day these were happily tempered by late autumn sunshine, which prompted the […]

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5 Frames… Of in-focus shots with a Nikonos III on Arista.EDU Ultra 100 (120 Format / EI 200)

Most of us that have been around film photography for a long time know the Nikon Nikonos underwater camera. It was always a bit of a mysterious camera, reserved for fantastic journeys into the great depths of the oceans. These days, Nikonos cameras seem to be more of a curiosity of the past.  Sadly, these were precision-engineered […]

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5 Frames… Of Laurel Hill Cemetery on Fomapan 100 Classic (120 Format / EI 100 / Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta A 531 + 7cm Tessar)

The weather is getting colder so any temperate day is a good excuse to go for a walk. With the pandemic worsening, the only crowds I felt safe visiting were those interred in Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery. Founded in the first half of the 19th century it was meant as a park for the living […]

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5 Frames… Of Lucca, Tuscany on a Bilora Bella 66-3 (120 Format / EI 400 / Fomapan 400 Action)

I was fascinated by the compactness and vintage colors with which this machine was built and also by the extreme simplicity of the commands with which to take photographs. I currently use medium format cameras, even in formats smaller than 6×6 but none has the weight, dimensions and compact like Bilora Bella. I decided to […]