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Lens #4: Pentax 67 105mm F2.4

Initially, I did not plan to buy Pentax 67 105mm F2.4 lens, although its bokeh is deemed a gold standard for Pentax 67 and medium format cameras in…

Marlen Khutsiev. Film director

Marlen Khutsiev is not just an internationally renowned director, he is a landmark figure, who shot such iconic Soviet films as I Am Twenty (Zastava Iliycha), July Rain…

Roger Ballen. Photographer

Roger Ballen is probably one of the most peculiar modern photographers. Only Joel-Peter Witkin can also compete for this title. For the first time, I saw his works…

Pietro Masturzo. Photographer

Pietro Masturzo is a photographer, who won World Press Photo contest in 2010. I met him at Red October, a former candy plant in Moscow. Having been adored…

Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Poet

Yevgeny Yevtushenko is a world-famous Russian poet, who was the first to break the silence about the massacre of thousands of Jews in Babi Yar in Kyiv. It…

Marc Riboud. Photographer

This photo came to life in February 2005 during the Photobiennale Moscow. Looking through its programme I discovered that photographers Marc Riboud and Joel-Peter Witkin would hold seminars…

Chuck Berry. Moments from a single concert

Chuck Berry is such a world-famous figure that I can hardly add anything significant to the description of his personality. I can only happily talk about the day…

Anatoly Karpov. 12th World Chess Champion

Anatoly Karpov is a great chess player who was the 12th world chess champion. After the controversial termination of 1984 Championship which became the first and only, world…

Lens #3: Pentax 67 165mm F2.8

Well, when you opt for a certain camera system you also choose the entire range of lenses that go with it. And as for me, Pentax 67 165mm…

Exposure with extended sunny 16 rule

Too many words already said about the sunny 16 rule. But, I’ve discovered an old user manual which was included in each box with ORWO CHROM UT21, a…

Lens #2: Pentax 67 135mm F4 Macro

Initially, I had no plans to buy Pentax 67 135mm F4 Macro lens but could not resist the temptation when I saw it at a bargain price in…

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 Pentax 67 90mm F2.8 lens. Eventually, this led to a…

Pentax 67: Bayonet-mount filters

Bayonet-mount filters are 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…

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 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. Pentax 67 extension tubes are…

Leaf Shutter Lens: Takumar 6X7 90mm F2.8

I am often asked why I don’t do a review of a Takumar 6X7 90mm 2.8 lens with a leaf shutter (LS) and compare it to a late…

Mirror stuck repair in Pentax 6X7/67 cameras

Mirror stuck up is a common problem of old Pentax 6X7/67 cameras when their mirror gets stuck in upper position after the shutter has fired and remained open….

Four LR44 button cells as replacement for 4LR44/PX28/A544/476A 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…

Universal lens hood for Pentax 67 lenses

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…

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 emulsion printing process in a nutshell

The liquid emulsion is 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…

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…