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Here I publish materials on photography-related topics I take interest in. The key ones are film photography, because that is what I mostly do, and printing using liquid light emulsion. Here you can also find articles based on my experience of using the Pentax 67 medium format SLR camera.

SMC PENTAX 67 300mm F4 © Sasha Krasnov

Lens #5: Pentax 67 300mm F4

I only remembered that I had had such a lens when I was going through my archive looking for a portrait requested by a book publisher. I used…

Liquid emulsion prints - The City of New York (c) Sasha Krasnov

Liquid emulsion printing: New York City

At first, I planned to write a very detailed blog entry about my trip to New York but when I put all the prints together and tossed out…

Liquid emulsion prints - Street photography (c) Sasha Krasnov

Liquid emulsion printing: Street photography

The Cupid This picture shows a charming Cupid gearing up for action. However, in real life this white-faced man is not a Cupid, but a mime. Every day…

Liquid emulsion prints - Venice (c) Sasha Krasnov

Liquid emulsion printing: Venice

I initially thought about writing a short introduction about Venice and its canals. But then I decided to abandon this idea because they are a well-known phenomenon and…

SMC PENTAX 67 1:2.4 105mm © Sasha Krasnov

Lens #4: Pentax 67 105mm F2.4

Initially, I did not plan to buy this lens, although its bokeh is deemed a gold standard for Pentax 67 and medium format cameras in general. I was…

SMC PENTAX 67 1:2.8 165mm

Lens #3: Pentax 67 165mm F2.8

I’ve tried many medium format cameras until I finally decided to settle on Pentax 67. Even before coming to this decision and buying this camera with the 90mm…

Sunny 16 Rule - ORWO CHROM UT21

Exposure with extended “Sunny 16 rule”

I’ve discovered an old user manual which was included in each box with ORWO CHROM UT21, a 100 ISO color reversal film made by the ORWO film factory…

SMC PENTAX 67 MACRO 1:4 135mm

Lens #2: Pentax 67 135mm F4 Macro

Initially, I had no plans to buy this lens but could not resist the temptation when I saw it at a bargain price in a very good condition…

SMC PENTAX 67 1:2.8 90mm

Lens #1: Pentax 67 90mm F2.8

It so happened that when I got my first Pentax 67 many years ago it was equipped with this lens. Eventually, this led to a decade-long “love affair”…

Pentax 6X7 Bayonet mount filter 67mm skylight

Pentax 67: Bayonet-mount filters

This is another useful and interesting accessory for Pentax 67 lenses. While doing mostly black-and-white photography, it is almost impossible to go without special color filters helping to…

Pentax adapter 645 for 67 lens

Pentax 67 lens to Pentax 645 body adapter

One of the most interesting accessories for the Pentax 67 system is a lens adapter for Pentax 645. You can now buy for cheap the body of its…

Pentax 67 Macro Extension Tubes

Pentax 67: Extension tubes & Exposure compensation

All extension tubes are designed to enable a camera lens to focus closer than a lens minimum object distance (MOD) for more magnification. Asahi’s “Auto Extension Tubes” are…

Pentax 67 MLU stuck mirror repair

Pentax 6X7 & 67: Mirror stuck repair

A common problem of old Pentax 6X7 and 67 cameras is that their mirror gets stuck in upper position after the shutter has fired and remained open. There…

Sunking 4LR44, Varta 4SR44, Kodak PX28 and 4pcs GP LR44

Four LR44 button cells as replacement for PX28 battery

It is an open secret that Pentax 6X7 and 67 don’t run without power. While their mirror and cloth curtains are mechanically driven, they are in fact electrically…

Mamiya RB67 & RZ67 G2 bellows hood set on Pentax 67 90mm F2.8

Pentax 67: Universal lens hood

I’ve extensively used my Pentax 6X7 and 67 cameras for many years and especially like their high speed lenses — 90mm F2.8, 105mm F2.4, 150mm F2.8 and 165mm…

Kodak D-76 Developer, Revelateur, Entwickler, Rivelatore, Revelador

Film developing with Kodak D-76

Kodak D-76 is a classic and truly versatile developer which first entered the market in 1927. It provides full emulsion speed, long density range and excellent shadow detail…

Liquid light prints example. © Sasha Krasnov

Liquid emulsion printing process in a nutshell

Liquid emulsion also known as liquid light is the gelatin silver light sensitive liquid photographic emulsion that is used in alternative photography printing processes based on applying it…

6x7 and 6x6 formats example on 120 film type by Sasha Krasnov

12 reasons why I still shoot on film

Why am I doing film photography in the digital era? There are many reasons for this. In a nutshell, I like the aesthetics of film photography and the…

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6X7 90mm F2.8 Leaf Shutter

Takumar 6X7 90mm F2.8 Leaf Shutter Lens

I am often asked why I don’t do a review of a 90mm 2.8 LS lens and compare it to a late 90mm F2.8 lens, which replaced the…