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It is highly unlikely for a format to be lost in a way you describe. All the standard processes were thoroughly documented, and good documentation will keep for longer than unprocessed film. But home processing of some materials - such as mentioned Kodachrome (K-14 process) - is extremely impractical. Because of the iconic status of the process it has been ...


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What were long, flat point and shoot film cameras called? You don't want to know what I called the cheap 110 Instamatic I was forced to use when I was young and couldn't afford anything better! The reason they were called 110 cameras is because they used the 110 film format introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1972. They were immensely popular in the 1970s and ...


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That's an old point and shoot camera that took 110-format film. For that reason, they're usually called 110 cameras. You can even see that term, "110 CAMERA," on the label on the camera in your photo.


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It is indeed true, that unknown masterpieces can be lost because they are only kept on an undeveloped roll of film, but not likely because it is impossible to develop the film. Exposures on undeveloped films tend to fade much faster than development processes disappearing, so the image is likely gone even if the process is still available. If you happen to ...


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The original cameras didn't use film at all, so there was no noise from any film advance mechanism. Instead they used materials that were inserted in the back of what we now refer to as view cameras while being protected from exposure to light. Each image required changing out the entire back of the camera and replacing it with another glass plate that had ...


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The aperture ring is engraved with f-numbers duplicated; the duplicates are color coded the same. The lines you are asking about are also paired, same color. The idea is to graphically display the zone of depth-of-field. As an example, you focus on an object at 10 meters (32 feet) as indicated by the thick center white line. Setting the aperture at f/8 (...


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One word, Instagram. It's become a social fad. It does have roots in Polaroid photography which tried to capture casual moments instantly, on low-fi instantly developing film. This look carried forward in to the filters of Instagram due to it being a legit cultural reference to Polaroids. From there, the vintage feel of it took on a life of it's own ...


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I'm not too sure about your mount questions, but I do collect working vintage gear. Here's what I do and look for... If applicable, bring a battery - There's really no excuse not to bring a fresh battery for the camera you're interested in. Bring a pen light - your cellphone light may also work. You just want to be able to really see inside the nooks and ...


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Yes, it's coming in through the top of the partially opened door to the left.


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Quick summary: raise the black point and add an orange cast to the highlights and a blue cast to the shadows, and there you go. Details: First, like most "vintage" or "film-like" post-processing, the black level has been raised. That means that nothing is pure black; everything is a shade of gray. In this case, this is quite extreme; see this histogram: ...


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But would it be possible, in principle, for a film format to be so thoroughly lost to history that you couldn't get any image out of the negatives whatsoever? In principle, once the process is still known and documented fully somewhere, then someone could (in principle !) carry out that process assuming they're bloody-minded enough to see it through. Even ...


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The standard type of iris diaphragms used in early lens designs featured numerous overlapping leaves. Each leave crescent shaped. The leaf is pivoted at one so that it can rotate about a fixed point. The other end of the crescent contains a pin. This pin is caused to slide forward and back in a slot attached to a control ring. As the control ring is rotated, ...


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I've done similar through rain spotted windows before, so basically the way I would tackle this is with a sheet of clear glass, perhaps from a picture frame, treated with something like Rain-X so that water will bead and then spray it with some water. You could also probably use something like glycerin. Then, basically, shoot through the glass.


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making this photo was not as complicated as you write here. Sprayer, reflector plate, backlight in the morning, f 2. Drops of water flew before the flower, but above all behind the flower. That is all. Everything is the work of a genius lens :-) More photos taken with old lenses can be found on my site. Hana


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This is a 8mm movie camera made in Japan about 1956. That was about the date that home movies peaked. Like all 8mm cameras of that period, this camera was loaded with “double 8” film. This is actually 16mm wide movie film with sprocket holes on both sides. This film came wound a metal spool. You loaded the film spool in subdued light. You then began taking ...


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X-Fujinon says it all - that's Fujica X-mount, the one Fuji used on their SLR cameras from the early 1980s, before current mirrorless X-mount. Fujica X-mount has focal flange depth of 43.5mm, so there is no way to effectively use this lens on Canon EF-mount body since EF-mount had bigger focal flange depth of 44mm - there is no way to achieve focus to ...


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The first shot does not require multiple exposures, or any complex lighting set up, there's nothing to suggest it wasn't just window light from the left. Light from a large window on an overcast day is about as good as you ever get for this type of photography. The second shot could have been one exposure for inside and one for the outside as seen through ...


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A few thoughts. the depth of focus is quite small: this is shot with a low f-number (probably < 4) different drops have different degrees of "out of focus" (there are some drops that look like they are almost in focus) many of the drops are not perfect circles Based on these three observations, I am concluding that not all the drops were the same ...


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How can I modify my NIkon D5500 so I can make a vintage lens auto focus? You can't. I learned that using a TC-16A AF Teleconverter 1.6X might help ... Whatever you learned is probably wrong. From my googling it looks as if the TC-16A was designed to turn AIS lenses into AF lenses (i.e., an interim step to add electronic communication and the physical ...


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During the 1970s and early 1990s, Vivitar serial numbers took the following form: MM Y WW SSS     MM = manufacturer code     Y = year; may be ambiguous, for instance 1979 and 1989     WW = week     SSS = item-specific serial number The manufacturer codes used by Vivitar are: 06 - Olympus 09 - Cosina Company, Ltd. 13 ...


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In case you just want to view them, have a look at http://petapixel.com/2015/03/22/how-to-turn-an-ipad-and-iphone-into-a-negative-film-viewing-station/ for a quick solution (of course, you can use other light sources, etc., but the general idea is the same). For positives, there used to be dedicated slide viewers and slide projectors, but mostly for smaller ...


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Why are the f-stops mirrored under the focus ring? It's a scale that shows you approximate depth of field at the selected aperture. So if you select f/16, you can look at distances on the focus ring at the two lines marked 16 to get an idea of the nearest and farthest distances that will be in focus. What is the red line pointing to "16" on the right? I ...


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If you've got Live View set to "exposure simulation" but the camera is unable to communicate with the lens you'll have issues. That is because "exposure simulation" needs to know 1) at what aperture the lens is currently set (when shooting stills in LV the lens remains wide open until the shutter button is pressed all of the way), 2) at what aperture the ...


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Over the years, many film developing processes have come and gone. Under normal circumstances it would be impractical, but not impossible resuscitate these vintage processes. Using the same logic, will devices be available 100 years from now that will read, and display as well as print, our current digital media? I have a shoebox filled with 8 track music, ...


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The imprint is probably 'HERMAGIS OPTn Bte S.G.D.G PARIS OBJECTIF CINEMA' Hermagis OPTn (Opticien) was an optical manufacturer located in Paris during the second half of the 19th century or so. 'Bte S.G.D.G.' is an abbreviation of 'Breveté Sans Garantie Du Gouvernement', which means 'Patent without government guarantee'. S.G.D.G. was previously used as a ...


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I figured it out! Yes, the meter coupling tab is the tab on the ring on the camera that spins together with the aperture ring on the lens. In order to lift it, you first need to press inward the small prong near the white dot. When you press this prong, the coupling tab becomes loose and you can lift it. After that, you depress the prong and the tab will ...


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The unpaired red line is the infrared focal point, if you're using infrared film.


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A metal leaf shutter of an old rangefinder camera has relatively low sound. I have no decibel numbers to show, but I'd estimate the emitted sound to be only one fifth of the sound an SLR camera makes with shutter and mirror slap. Here is a Youtube video I just recorded and uploaded. Tune up the volume on your speakers. Shutter sounds of an SLR camera and a ...


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I can hint you: Reduce contrast and saturation Apply a blue tint Add noise Add vignetting


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127 film can be purchased, in colour only, from Bluefire Labs in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Price isn't bad... the 127 film is $9.89. At this point they appear to be the only ones making 127 film in any format, so unless you want to pay substantial ebay prices for end of life film (which may take interesting shots), I don't see better options. EDIT As a ...


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