Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D – Nostalgic liaison with an old flame

Ah nostalgia, it’s a strange thing and forms a part of every one’s life and the older one gets the more the past seems so rose tinted. My first Digital SLR was a Konica Minolta 7D, bought in 2005 and which I had almost forgotten, but a click here and there lead me to DPReview and the KM Talk Forum, then a thought formed in my mind; why not buy one and use it today? 

From the Archives: Kodachromes from Athens, Greece, 1951

My father moved to Athens, Greece, in February 1951. He had just returned to USA from an overseas position in the Pacific. After about  two weeks job-hunting in New York City, a water resources engineering company offered him this Greek posting. He visited relatives in Boston and Orlando, bought a few supplies, boarded Pan Am, and left for Greece. He traveled light and efficiently (unlike his son, who tends to be burdened with too many cameras).

Table of Fujifilm Films Paused in Domestic Market

NEWS: Fujifilm Pauses Domestic Orders of Various Films Due to Supply Chain Shortages

On March 29, 2023, Fujifilm released a notice on their Japanese website alerting customers based in the domestic market that they will stop taking orders for a selection of 35mm colour negative film, 35mm colour reversal film, and medium format colour reversal film. The notice points out that the pause in orders is due to …

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Focus Adjustment and Other Considerations when Shooting Infrared

From very early in my photography I have been fascinated by the unique look and simply luscious tones infrared images can produce. Ansel on steroids. I have only been able to produce anything like decent images recently but pre-digital, inspired by Sir Simon Marsden’s work (www.sirsimonmrsden.co.uk or www.jamescwilliamsphoto.com), I tried some Ilford SFX 200 film that has extended sensitivity up to 740 nm (nanometers). At the time I only had a 6x red R25 filter which produced an infrared result of sorts and I didn’t take it any further. Sir Simon used the same R25 filter but with Kodak High Speed Infrared, sensitive up to 900nm and with less sensitivity to visible light. That combination and a lack of an anti-halation layer gave much more dramatic results with the halo effect so characteristic of his work.

Reconstructed interior, St. Agnes in Agony, Rome, Italy

Fourteen Years in the Making! (A One-Shot Story)

Between 1998 and 2012, Kate and I visited Rome four times. And one of her priorities was always to see the inside of the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone on the Piazza Navona.

Built to a compact Greek-Cross plan, the unusually graceful Baroque building resulted from the work of three important Italian artists: Girolamo Rainaldi, Francesco Borromini, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini (who also designed the giant “Four Rivers Fountain” outside). And Kate wanted to see inside.

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