talkin bout cameras


a blog by Branden Frederick

First Impressions: Pentax 645D

First Impressions: Pentax 645D

Chronicling my descent into medium format digital

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14 Mar 2019

Who would want a digital camera with technology from ten years ago? Me, apparently.

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Return of the Pentax 645Nii

Return of the Pentax 645Nii

We missed each other

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9 Dec 2018 10 Dec 2018

In the ebb and flow of my camera gear addiction, once a camera was gone, it was gone forever – until now. Yes, that's correct: the Pentax 645Nii has returned.

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Canon EOS 3

Canon EOS 3

film on easy mode

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3 Dec 2018

The Canon EOS 3 is the pinnacle of Canon's EOS film line. It is everything you ever want from a 35mm film camera except being small.

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Hasselblad 500C/M

Hasselblad 500C/M

A year with the king of cameras

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25 Nov 2018 3 Dec 2018

I've just finished out a year with a Hasselblad 500C/M, running somewhere around 60 rolls of 120 film though it.

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Fujfilm GA645Zi

Fujfilm GA645Zi

Medium format point-and-shoot

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21 Nov 2018 2 Apr 2019

Nine months ago I learned of the existence of a line of cameras that both use medium format film and are flat and compact.

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New Arrival: Fujifilm X-T3

New Arrival: Fujifilm X-T3

And the Venus Laowa 9mm f/2.8

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27 Sep 2018
Being a Fujifilm fanboy, when the spanking new X-T3 was announced a month ago, I pre-ordered it. Delivery day has come, and the X-T3 is, of course, iteratively better than the previous generation of tech. continue reading »

Pentax K-50 Saga

Pentax K-50 Saga

Wherein I learn about aperture block failure

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28 Jul 2018

I love bright and crazy colors, so a few years ago when Pentax made the unusual decision to produce their K-50 camera in a huge array of toy-like colors, they had my attention. I was not in any way looking to buy a new SLR system at the time, so I didn't, but I never forgot about it.

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Pentax Lens Confusion

Pentax Lens Confusion

Making order from chaos in the Pentax K-mount lens lineup

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22 Jul 2018

As I keep repeating ad nauseum, I started SLRing in the world of Canon, only to eventually join all my hipster friends by jumping ship into Fujifilmland. However, despite that, I've always has a fascination with Pentax's K-mount hardware. This is because Pentax, like Fujifilm, seems to make their equipment less for business-minded professionals (like Canon, Nikon, and Sony) and more for lovers of the photograph. Although where Fujifilm's X series lens lineup has been straightforward, with little overlap between lens capabilities, Pentax's K-mount offerings are maximally confusing.

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Minolta SRT101

Minolta SRT101

Classic film SLR

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21 Jul 2018
This camera is called a Minolta SRT101. It is a true classic film SLR camera, being produced from 1966 to 1976, and epitomizing the style and operation of SLRs. continue reading »

Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01

The Brick

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24 Jun 2018
I bought, used for two months, then sold a Pentax K-01. It's not clear why the camera was created in the first place. This is its story. continue reading »

Pentax SF1

Pentax SF1

Prime Vintage 80's

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10 Jun 2018
This is the Pentax SF1 – an autofocus, full-featured, interchangeable-lens 35mm film SLR camera. continue reading »

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Replacing the venerable X-T1

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6 Feb 2018 6 Apr 2018
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Xpan

Xpan

Hasselblad's true panoramic rangefinder

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2 Feb 2018
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Kowa/SIX Compared

Kowa/SIX Compared

compared with what?

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2 Dec 2017 4 Dec 2017
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canon eos rebel 2000

canon eos rebel 2000

film SLR

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30 Aug 2017 2 Feb 2018
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review of every fujifilm XF lens

review of every fujifilm XF lens

even those I've never used

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19 May 2017 29 Nov 2017
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first impressions: xpan ii

first impressions: xpan ii

legendary panorama rangefinder

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28 Nov 2016 28 Nov 2017
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repairing the x-t1

repairing the x-t1

a log

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24 Oct 2016 29 Nov 2017
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two years with the x-t1

two years with the x-t1

obnoxious statistics

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24 Oct 2016 29 Nov 2017
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my legs

my legs

yes, i'm going to talk about tripods

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4 Sep 2016 29 Nov 2017
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xf 56mm f/1.2

xf 56mm f/1.2

my reaction

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4 Sep 2016 29 Nov 2017
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pentax 645nii

pentax 645nii

successor to the Pentax 645

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2 May 2016 27 Jan 2017
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pentax 645

pentax 645

medium format SLR

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1 May 2016 27 Jan 2017
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canon eos 5D mark ii

canon eos 5D mark ii

full frame DSLR

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24 Jan 2016 12 Feb 2017
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fujifilm x-t1

fujifilm x-t1

mirrorless digital

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8 Dec 2015 12 Feb 2017
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olympus xa

olympus xa

tiny pocket 35mm rangefinder

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29 Oct 2015 27 Jan 2017
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leica m3 vs. fujifilm x-t1

leica m3 vs. fujifilm x-t1

a comparison

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18 Jul 2015 28 Nov 2017
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panasonic dmc-lz2

panasonic dmc-lz2

cheap digital point-and-shoot

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17 Jun 2015 27 Jan 2017
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panasonic dmc-tz5

panasonic dmc-tz5

digital point-and-shoot

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14 Jun 2015 27 Jan 2017
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canon ae-1 program

canon ae-1 program

35mm film SLR

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20 Dec 2014 26 Jan 2017
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canon powershot s200

canon powershot s200

my first digital camera

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19 Dec 2014 26 Jan 2017
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canon powershot s100

canon powershot s100

digital point-and-shoot

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19 Dec 2014 26 Jan 2017
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canon eos digital rebel t3

canon eos digital rebel t3

digital SLR

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13 Dec 2014 26 Jan 2017
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canon eos digital rebel

canon eos digital rebel

my first SLR

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13 Dec 2014 26 Jan 2017
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canon eos elan iie

canon eos elan iie

35mm film SLR

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29 Nov 2014 2 Feb 2018
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balda baldinette

balda baldinette

1950s folding accordion point-and-shoot

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26 Nov 2014 27 Nov 2017
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leica m3

leica m3

classic rangefinder camera

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9 May 2014 2 Feb 2018
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lens reviews

lens reviews

and why they suck

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28 Apr 2014 29 Nov 2017
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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".

bf@branfred.com