A new manual film camera?

Well here’s some more good news: a company called Reflex is making an all-new manual SLR, which would make it the first since Cosina-Voigtlander made the Bessaflex (which was what, 13-14 years ago?  Not quite as long as the article is claiming but whatever).  Their Kickstarter campaign will be going live in about two weeks, the original story is here: http://www.film-traveler.com/reflex-1st-new-manual-slr-25-years/

Like the article mentions already, the shots on their Instagram are taken with a Super-Takumar lens, so I do really hope that like the Bessaflex this is an M42 mount camera!  Of course, whether or not I can buy one, that will depend on the price.  I did just get a full CLA for the Spotmatic which cost me $120, meaning that the entire amount of money I paid for that camera body (including the battery) is somewhere around $137.  I doubt that a new manual camera would be less than $400, and also doubt that it will have the same build quality as a Spotmatic.  Hope I’m wrong though!

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Overwhelming Majority released to the world

Overwhelming Majority is an experimental documentary dealing with issues of alienation, isolation, and social anxiety.  I remember my teacher Jane sending me this article when I was making the film and being very intrigued by that aspect, something I’d never considered.  OM has been screening at film festivals for the last year and a half, but in light of recent events like Las Vegas, perhaps it’s time to be seen by the rest of the world.

WINNER: Best Experimental film – 2016 Blissfest333
WINNER: Best Experimental film – 2016 UCCS Short Film Festival
NOMINATION: Best Experimental film – 2017 Wales International Film Festival
NOMINATION: Best Documentary Short – 2016 Blissfest333

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:
2017 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
2017 Colorado Short Circuit
2017 Wales International Documentary Festival
2017 Durango Independent Film Festival
2016 London International Documentary Festival
2016 Southern Colorado Film Festival

October updates

I can’t sleep right now, so I’ll post this early.  For those of you that actually read this blog, thanks for sticking it out so far.  Summer season has finally wound down (a bit at least) and there will probably be more posts with actual content.  Here’s what’s been happening in my photographic world:

I sent my Pentax SPII off for a CLA, it seemed to be about time since one of the strap lugs had come loose.  For future reference, Cameraworks charges $120 for a full CLA, which is fine, and at least I’m not shipping the camera anywhere (I did once send my Pentax ESII off to be repaired a few years ago by this guy but he wasn’t able to get the speeds right unfortunately).  This will be the first time one of my cameras will have had a CLA.

I’ve had my Pakon F335 in storage for more than a year, but that’s about to change and I should be back to scanning my own images shortly (the only thing I scanned myself recently is this post, the rest of my images were scanned on Cameraworks’ F235 or Mike’s Camera’s Frontier).

I shot my first two rolls of Ferrania P30 alpha, happy to use the Axis Trio as I’ve dubbed it, for the first time: Japanese camera body, German lens, and Italian film, looking forward to seeing my results and scanning them on the Pakon.  If it’s anything like Double-X (and from everything I’ve read it is), it’s a good film for older, low-contrast lenses and should give a very classic mid-century feel.  Thankfully, I also shot on a pretty overcast day (rare in Colorado).

Back to sleep now…

Help me get to film festivals

Hey guys, I started a Gofundme.com page.  I’m about to go to Wales for a film festival and I’d appreciate any help you can give me to cover expenses, and help me get to further festivals in the future.  If you can donate anything, I’d be grateful.  The only reward I can give is to continue to post updates from my travels, as I’ve done so far.  Please click here to help me out.

Overwhelming Majority is an experimental documentary short dealing with issues of loneliness, alienation, and social anxiety. A young woman recounts a suicide attempt, muses on the nature of connectedness, and ultimately yearns for understanding.

Ferrania P30 to be released this month!

What else can I say about this?  Except that it’s amazing.

ferraniap30alpha
http://www.filmferrania.it/p30

And also I’m glad that while color reversal is still on the way, that I’ll be able to shoot Ferrania film by the end of February.  It’ll be in its alpha release and if you’re a Kickstarter backer, check your email already.  And if not, it should be selling in Ferrania’s online store in 2 weeks.  What a great time to be alive.

https://petapixel.com/2017/02/01/film-ferrania-returns-grave-unveils-new-p30-bw-35mm-film/

edit: well, that deadline got pushed back, didn’t it?