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History Makers: Pentax MEF – An attempt at autofocus…1981

History Makers: Pentax MEF – An attempt at autofocus…1981

If you’ve never used a film camera before you might struggle to believe this, but there was a time when you had to focus the image yourself. It wasn’t always that easy to get perfect either, especially in low light or in a busy scene.Imagine, they said, if the camera could do that for you? Well, those clever boys and girls at Pentax worked out a way that it could….Well, sort of.Rather than start with a blank sheet of paper Pentax looked at incorporating autofocus into a re-design of one of their existing cameras, the Pentax ME Super. Without getting...

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History Makers: Canon A1 – Automatic for the People…. 1978

History Makers: Canon A1 – Automatic for the People…. 1978

Hot on the heels of the Minolta XD was the Canon A1, which took things to the next level. Think about it - if you have a camera that can work out the right shutter speed depending on the aperture, and the right aperture depending on the shutter speed, then why couldn’t you have a camera that made both decisions for you?The answer…..well, there was no reason! Canon worked this out first and in 1978 launched the Canon A1. It came with Manual mode, Av, Tv, and the new fully automatic, or “Program” mode. If you wanted you could just...

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The Worlds Smallest Film Company

The Worlds Smallest Film Company

One of the great things about shooting film is all the different films you can try, and all the different types of images they produce. In reality though, a lot of the differences, particularly with black and white film, are often very subtle.  Sure we talk about images having “lovely fine grain” and B&W films having “great dynamic range” but unless you’ve shot a lot of film, often the differences are barely noticeable.Sometimes though you come across something completely distinct, and quite clearly different from your run of the mill films…..And Washi film is one of those, no doubt about...

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A conversation with...Analogue Wonderland

A conversation with...Analogue Wonderland

We’re delighted, chuffed and thoroughly excited to announce a working collaboration with Analogue Wonderland.  We’ve sung their praises before but to recap, we think they’re the most enthused, specialist film supplier out there, offering an incredible range of films (well over 200 and counting!)  They sell at more than reasonable prices, and include in their listings plenty of rare brands that you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.So that’s why we’ve chosen them as our exclusive supplier for all of the films supplied with our new Filtr PRO range - and you can read more about that here.But enough from us - we...

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How to...use expired film

How to...use expired film

Whilst cleaning out an attic a couple of weeks ago, deep amongst the kids toy collection from the 1990s and a whole army of spiders, we stumbled across 9 rolls of mysterious film, still in their wrappers with an expiry dating way back to 2004. 9 rolls of FREE. FILM. Nothing better. BUT...it’s expired...and by a good amount too. Does that mean it now won’t work? Has its age rendered it completely useless? The answer’s no. But you do need to use your camera slightly differently. So, we’ll briefly cover the basic theory, explain how we set our cameras to...

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