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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 […]

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Same format, different story: Making the switch from a Pentax 67 to a Mamiya 7ii

I had been meaning to get into the medium format 6×7 game for a while and I finally bought the Pentax 67 (the “middle” version before the 67II) at an auction. For a long time, it was my go-to medium format camera. We had a real love-hate relationship. I loved the 105mm lens and hated, […]

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5 Frames… Of Adox KB 17 during ‘Der Fasching’ at the heart of the Black Forest in 1960s Germany (35mm / EI 100 / Asahi Pentax SV + 28mm f/3.5 Super-Takumar)

Way back in 1963, in the early years of my photojournalism career, a German friend of mine who was about to emigrate to the US persuaded me to join him on a visit to his homeland in early February. ‘It’s the season of Der Fasching,’ he explained excitedly. ‘Everyone dresses up, there are big street […]

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5 Frames… Of 20-year expired Paterson Acupan 800 (35mm Format / EI 100 / Pentax P30n + Pentax-a 50mm f/1.7)

I’ve been wary of expired film in the past. The possibility of spending time and money buying, shooting and developing film with no guarantee of any results put me off. Buying expired film does offer one exclusive advantage, however: access to discontinued stocks. While browsing online auctions recently, I came across Paterson Acupan 800. An […]

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5 Frames… By the historic Ho Chi Minh City District 1 Post Office on expired Kodak Portra 400NC (120 Format / EI 100 / Pentax 67 + SMC Pentax 67 90mm f/2.8)

This shoot was based on the Ao Dai – a traditional dress of Vietnam. The Ao Dai has always been something I wanted to shoot but the thing is, they are readily available everywhere here in Vietnam. You can get them from street vendors, tailors, etc., but the biggest problem for the look I was […]

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5 Frames… Of the Jurassic Coast on Fomapan 100 Classic (EI 100 / 35mm Format / Pentax Spotmatic SP + Takumar 55mm f/1.8)

On a grey drizzly day, when my mood fitted the weather perfectly, I loaded my first ever roll of Fomapan 100 Classic into my Spotmatic and headed to the beach to cheer myself up. Beer is a small fishing village in South Devon, part of the famous Jurassic Coast, and a popular tourist destination. On […]

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Camera review: The unlovely (but very good) Pentax MZ-S

First an admission, I am an accidental Pentaxian. Like thousands of others, quite by chance I first learned to shoot film on a Pentax K1000. Since then many other Pentaxes have passed through my life: Spotmatic II, KM, MX, LX, 645n, both the 67 and 67ii and the MZ-S of course (twice!). The attraction is […]

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5 Frames… Of the Asparagus Capital of England with ILFORD XP2 Super (EI 400 / 120 format / Pentax 645N)

The pandemic lockdown has created unique photographic opportunities within more limited parameters. I decided to explore areas of the countryside near my home. Places I had previously ignored as too dull and unappealing. I live in an area known as the Vale of Evesham in the midlands of England. The fertile agricultural land is flat […]