talkin bout cameras


a blog by Branden Frederick

santa monica

santa monica

california

29
photos
2 Jun 2016

I visited family, and took these shots (mostly in Santa Monica) on Kodak Colorplus 200 film. My Canon Elan IIe broke in the airport on the way home.

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a tale of two ektars

a tale of two ektars

kodak keeping things confusing

385
film
22 May 2016
Kodak, may it rest in peace, has made an incomprehensibly huge selection of films over the years. One of the film lines they still make is the much-loved (seriously, it's great) Kodak Ektar. continue reading »

ektar 1000

ektar 1000

the original ektar

215
film
10 May 2016
Way back in the late 80's, Kodak introduced a new line of color film called Ektar. Available in speeds 25, 100, 125, and 1000, Kodak only produced the film for five years. continue reading »

Campbell

Campbell

Expired Ektachrome 160T in the Leica M3

34
photos
10 May 2016
I shot these photos using the Leica M3 and expired Ektachrome 160T and 64T. Exposure values were total guesswork, based on the late afternoon light, age of the film, and tungsten balance. continue reading »

San Mateo

San Mateo

Shot on Ektar 25 in the Leica M3

49
photos
6 May 2016

I shot these photos using the Leica M3 loaded with a roll of Ektar 25 – an older film unrelated to the new Ektar film which Kodak is currently producing. The muted tones and warm, rich greens complement each other here in a manner which I'm really enjoying.

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pentax 645nii

pentax 645nii

successor to the Pentax 645

193
gear
2 May 2016
This was my second 645 camera. After breaking my Pentax 645 I was still in love with the system, so I upgraded to this 645NII. Originally released by Pentax in 2001, this was a model late in the film game that featured all sorts of neat advances that a modern digital shooter going back to film will expect and find comfortable, which was exactly what I was doing. continue reading »

pentax 645

pentax 645

medium format SLR

170
gear
1 May 2016
This camera was my introduction to medium format photography. If you've never looked through a medium format viewfinder, you owe it to yourself to do so. continue reading »

coit tower and the financial

coit tower and the financial

san francisco

33
photos
29 Apr 2016

These photos were all shot in a Leica M3 at 50mm, on Kodak Ektachrome 64T slide film. There were four rolls of film, and each was in a different state of decay.

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santa clara

santa clara

on film

18
photos
7 Apr 2016
I shot these walking around Santa Clara with my Elan IIe loaded with expired Fujifilm Sensia 200. continue reading »

film: where to start

film: where to start

an introduction to shooting film in a digital age

710
film
17 Mar 2016

When I admit to my obsession with film photography, 95% of people respond with incredulity. So I'm writing this article for the novice out there who genuinely is interested in playing with film photography, but if they're like most people, they have no idea where to start.

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san jose on a holga

san jose on a holga

my first time

61
photos
3 Feb 2016

With the end of production on the Holga cameras, I finally grabbed one while I still could. Here are some photos of downtown San Jose from my first roll of film through my shiny brand new Holga 120N. True to it's heritage, this Holga abounds with light leaks, distortion, vignetting, and everything else that digital cameras work towards eradicating.

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canon eos 5D mark ii

canon eos 5D mark ii

full frame DSLR

286
gear
24 Jan 2016
This was my "main" camera for five years – from early 2010 to late 2014 – it was a great camera. It could do anything, as all the other people who did great things with this camera will attest. continue reading »

fujifilm x-t1

fujifilm x-t1

mirrorless digital

300
gear
8 Dec 2015
This camera is my main squeeze, my bestie, my better half, my significant camera, my glass eye (is that an expression?), my window to the soul, my partner in crime, my ... if I continue this list, my wife will get jealous. Anyway, I use this camera to take pictures of things. continue reading »

olympus xa

olympus xa

tiny pocket 35mm rangefinder

137
gear
29 Oct 2015
This was my first rangefinder camera. I had read about rangefinder cameras online, and wanted to try them out. This is (was?) the cheapest model with decent reviews, so I found one (thanks eBay). I used the heck out of it for about four months. continue reading »

college park

college park

san jose neighborhood

30
photos
13 Sep 2015

College Park is an old residential neighborhood between downtown San Jose and Santa Clara. I took photos of it using my Fujifilm X-T1 and the 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens.

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lands end

lands end

san francisco

30
photos
5 Sep 2015
Lands End is in the northern part of San Francisco. I shot photos there using my Fujifilm X-T1 and a smattering of lenses: 16mm, 23mm, 27mm, 35mm, and 55-200mm. continue reading »

leica m3 vs. fujifilm x-t1

leica m3 vs. fujifilm x-t1

a comparison

2359
gear
18 Jul 2015

This article is a comparison of the Leica M3 and the Fujifilm X-T1.

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panasonic dmc-lz2

panasonic dmc-lz2

cheap digital point-and-shoot

75
gear
17 Jun 2015
The Panasonic DMC-LZ2 was just a generic point-and-shoot camera that I purchased as a small pocket camera for traveling. continue reading »

panasonic dmc-tz5

panasonic dmc-tz5

digital point-and-shoot

118
gear
14 Jun 2015
I purchased this camera from a mall kiosk in Denmark, when my previous camera broke while traveling. So for me, this was always a travel camera. continue reading »

expired ektachrome

expired ektachrome

more film gone bad

38
film
30 May 2015

This was a roll of expired Kodak Ektachrome 200 I found in a camera bag that had been stored in a garage. Sometimes expired film leads to fun unexpectedness, but sometimes the unexpected results are ... disappointing.

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soma and the financial

soma and the financial

san francisco

26
photos
8 Apr 2015
I walked around the South of Market and Financial districts of San Francisco with my Fujifilm X-T1 and the 23mm, 35mm, and 55-200mm lenses. continue reading »

canon ae-1 program

canon ae-1 program

35mm film SLR

84
gear
20 Dec 2014
This is a Canon AE-1 Program film SLR that I owned for a short time. continue reading »

canon powershot s200

canon powershot s200

my first digital camera

197
gear
19 Dec 2014
This was the first digital camera I ever owned. It's convenience and portability made it my gateway into the hobby of photography. It came with an 8mb CF card. continue reading »

canon powershot s100

canon powershot s100

digital point-and-shoot

117
gear
19 Dec 2014
This was a Canon top-tier point-and-shoot camera from 2011. It has a zoom lens that goes from 5.2mm to 26mm, which has a full-frame equivalence of 24mm to 120mm. The lens opens up to f/2 at the wide end, which was unusual for p&s cameras at the time, which is why I purchased this camera. continue reading »

o tannenbaum

o tannenbaum

it's starting to look a lot like christmas

26
photos
17 Dec 2014

Wandering around downtown San Jose at night, still learning the Fujifilm X-T1, I used it to make these photos with the 23mm and 35mm lenses.

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canon eos digital rebel t3

canon eos digital rebel t3

digital SLR

117
gear
13 Dec 2014
I purchased this camera based on internet advice that "no photographer goes to an event without a backup camera body". It was the cheapest Canon EOS body on sale at the time, and also the smallest, and was a great camera. continue reading »

canon eos digital rebel

canon eos digital rebel

my first SLR

147
gear
13 Dec 2014
This is the original affordable digital SLR. Before the Digital Rebel, a digital SLR was not affordable. When this model hit the markets, suddenly amateur photographers across the internet started posting much better work than they ever had before. continue reading »

metering without machines

metering without machines

a manual how-to

430
concepts
3 Dec 2014

So you've got one of these old cameras from the days of yore, and you've figured out how to get the film in it and where to point the dang thing, but uh-oh, how do you know what numbers to set for the aperture and shutter speed?

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canon eos elan iie

canon eos elan iie

35mm film SLR

228
gear
29 Nov 2014 2 May 2016
The Canon EOS Elan IIe came out in 1995 and cost $750 new. I purchased mine in 2013 and paid $20. The Elan IIe was just another entry into the alphabet soup of 35mm SLRs. continue reading »

choosing which film

choosing which film

so you've decided to shoot film

768
film
29 Nov 2014
Choosing a film can be crazy confusing, since many films have very similar names, unexplained codes, proprietary terminology, multiple versions and packaging, and have subtly shifted in name and creation over the years. Good luck figuring it all out! continue reading »

balda baldinette

balda baldinette

1950s folding accordion point-and-shoot

353
gear
26 Nov 2014
I have a Balda Baldinette camera from the 1950's that I inherited from my wife's family. The camera is basically a 'point-and-shoot' camera from the 1950s. continue reading »

the photo process

the photo process

a photo's journey from real life to my website

687
concepts
24 Nov 2014

This is my process; this is how I make a photo.

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cost of film

cost of film

is film really cheaper than digital?

412
film
19 Nov 2014

These prices are as of 11/19/2014. They are all taken from actual receipts. This point of this exercise is to challenge the statement (that certain internet pundits make) that shooting film is cheaper than buying a digital camera every few years. Having done a lot of both of those things, I don't believe it to be the case, but I want some evidence to back this belief up.

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the alameda

the alameda

san jose neighborhood

89
photos
17 Oct 2014

The oldest road in San Jose, The Alameda linked the old pueblo of San Jose to its church in Santa Clara. Many iterations later, the neighborhood remains an eclectic mix of redevelopment and old buildings grandfathered into modern times.

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San Jose on TMax and Pan F Plus

San Jose on TMax and Pan F Plus

Through the Leica M3

21
photos
30 Sep 2014
Like it says on the tin, I walked around downtown San Jose camera in hand and took some photos. continue reading »

newman etc.

newman etc.

california's bread basket

28
photos
30 Aug 2014

Newman and its neighboring towns are in the center of agricultural California. I shot these photos on expired Kodak Vericolor III film using a Canon Elan IIe.

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Auzerais

Auzerais

On old Ektachrome

22
photos
23 Aug 2014

I shot these photos in or near Auzerais Road in San Jose using a Canon Elan IIe with expired Ektachrome E160T.

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follow guadalupe

follow guadalupe

san jose neighborhood

47
photos
6 Aug 2014

The Guadalupe "River" is the main waterway of San Jose, flowing north through downtown and into the bay. I followed it from my home Southwards via surface streets, through the neighborhoods adjacent to the river.

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More Fun With The Pancake Lens

More Fun With The Pancake Lens

Downtown San Jose

20
photos
28 Jun 2014

I shot these photos using the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens mounted on a Canon 5D Mark II.

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noe valley and nearby

noe valley and nearby

san francisco

19
photos
22 Jun 2014
I shot these trying out my new 40mm STM pancake lens attached to the Canon 5D Mark II. continue reading »
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is a one-person blog all about digital and film photography and its techniques, concepts, and accessories, and the search for the meaning of life. This project is created by Branden Frederick, a long-time hobbyist photographer with allegiance to no brand. The goal of this website is to help us all become better photographers.

Photography advice is the only as good as the person making the photos, and as Branden is miles away from being a great photographer, take this whole blog with a grain of salt.

about Branden Frederick

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

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