I first read about Soviet cameras back in 2011. For a while they didn’t seem that interesting to me. Back then I thought they looked kinda ugly, and after reading about how problematic they could be, I definitely had some reservations about buying myself one. A few years later, after reading a few glowing reviews of the Industar 61L/D lens, I started looking into buying the lens plus a camera to shoot it with.. . . .
Recently I read something that a fellow street photographer wrote about what a challenge it is to not keep making the same photographs over and over. I had never given this any thought, but now I find myself, this year, as I walk around the festivals I have come to know so well, thinking: is this new? Did I photograph that before?
.The Bronica ETR-Si is not what is usually considered a pretty or elegant camera. I suspect in designing the ETR-Si, Bronica chose to go with function over form for nearly every aspect of the camera. That doesn't mean it's not good looking, but it's not the kind of camera you'd regularly see on a list of most sought after film cameras. Those kinds of lists are usually filled with names like Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, etc. Because of this, as well as the fact that of all medium format cameras the 6x4.5 format seems to be the least popular, the Bronica ETR system is currently (IMO) one of the best values in medium format photography.
Efke 100 was an old school single layer silver rich black and white film from the 1950s made in Croatia by Fotokemika. Production ended in 2012 when the factory closed after an old coating machinery broke down and couldn’t be repaired. Fast forward five years, I was hanging with fellow members of the Classic Camera Revival Podcast, and Peter Lee told me there was an Ebay seller with bricks of Efke 100 in 35mm expired in 2015 for sale for about $75 Cdn, shipping included. How can I say no to that? I bought two bricks a few weeks apart.
Minimalism in photography can arouse emotions and leave other observers indifferent. It’s an enigmatic ‘genre’ – or does it even deserve that accolade? Perhaps it’s only a tendency, even? After all, who sets the rules on how minimal an image needs to be in order to be considered minimal? Let’s explore the thoughts and images of some members of the Film Shooters Collective.
May 1 is traditionally observed in many countries as May Day, a holiday celebrating the worker and his/her contributions to the greater good. It is most known in Communist and former Communist countries. In analog film circles, this day has come to be celebrated as Commie Camera Day, a day to pull out and dust off your old Smena, Kiev, Lubitel, Zorki or whatever your favorite clunker from this era might be. A number of Film Shooters Collective members own one or more of these cameras and are quite fond of them. This year, we asked them to send us some of their favorite shots and a few words about their cameras, in honor of these sturdy hard working cameras and their often impressive lenses.