Olympus f/1.8 F.Zuiko Auto-S Lens Review
The Middle of Everything “PEN”
October 15, 2021Versatile, a pleasure to operate, and capable of producing sharp images. You’d be hard-pressed to find a half-frame lens of this quality that isn’t Olympus from the same period.— Dmitri.
Website Update v2.1.0
Better Bookmarking, Navigation, and an Offline Mode
October 13, 2021Analog. Cafe’s website design has just been updated. If you notice any problems with it, please try refreshing the page. And if you find a bug, please report it! A big thank you to everyone who gave me feedback thus far. It helped immensely, particularly with this update.— Dmitri.
Kind of Blue
C-41 Blue Colour Casts and My Blue Moods
October 11, 2021The blue flows from navy to aquamarine; it folds in with oranges, reds, and yellows. This blue is the “King of Blue.”— marina_guarreschi.
Summer With Ana
Haller Castle, Transylvania
October 7, 2021If you get to visit Transylvania, you’ll find soon enough there’s no shortage of vampire stories, and, more interesting for the traveler and/ or photographer - castles. They are pretty much everywhere. Some are small, isolated from public roads, left to vanish under the ruthless action of nature; others have a luckier fate, when the state intervenes and puts down some funds for restoration or preservation.— Crina.
Working in Black & White
A Local Library Loan (Book Review)
October 3, 2021Overall, I found the book to be useful and an easy read. Though I would certainly expect more if it was republished in the 2020s.— Dmitri.
Film Photography News — September 2021 Recap
Ilford Wins Digital Camera Award (You Can Win Stuff Too), No More Reflex
September 27, 2021This month, Ilford’s new portable pop-up darkroom wins Digital Camera World Award at The Photography Show 2021 at the NEC, a happening described as a “sweet, SWEET irony,” by a prominent film Twitter patron, Dan K.— Dmitri.
Travels With Diana
When the 2-Metre Social Distancing Rule Stopped
September 26, 2021The restrictions on social gatherings, including the social distancing rule to keep two meters apart, came to an end in England on 19 July 2021. As the pandemic itself has not come to an end yet, the authorities have continued asking the public to follow some of the more basic rules such as regular handwashing, wearing a mask where recommended, etc.— Danilo Leonardi.
How to Remove Dust and Scratches From Film Scans
Using Adobe Photoshop and Spot Healing Tool
September 23, 2021No matter how gingerly you may be handling your film, the chances are that dust and scratches are going to creep in, especially if you’re trying to restore an old archive. There are few ways to remedy these artifacts — some are software-assisted, others are scanning device-based or mechanical.— Dmitri.
Sample Damaged + Restored Film Scans
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September 23, 202126. 7MB 6784x4439 high-quality JPEG samples of damaged film and two repair techniques: via Photoshop’s Dust & Scratches tool and by hand with Photoshop’s Spot Healing Tool.— Dmitri.
Olympus f/2.8 E.Zuiko Auto-S Pancake SLR Lens Review
A 🥞 38mm Lens to Pocket Your Olympus PEN F/FV/FT SLR
September 20, 2021If you’re a lucky owner of an Olympus PEN half-frame camera and you’ve got this lens handy, you may be able to do the impossible: pocket your SLR!— Dmitri.
Light and Film
September 14, 2021Light and Film is one of those well-produced large-print hardcover lookbooks. But what I think really makes it valuable is the learnable material it is filled with.— Dmitri.
Shooting Kodak Aerochrome vs. Lomochrome Purple
Field Test Report: False Colour Film Comparison and Recommendations
September 12, 2021A colour film that can see things human eyes can’t. This in-depth field report and shooting guide comares Aerochrome to Lomochrome Purlpe — an emulsion made to simulate the infrared film.— Dmitri.
Sample Aerochrome and Lomochrome Purple Scans
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September 12, 202139. 5MB 1,408DPI 16 bit per channel uncompressed TIFF files from PrimeFilm XA scanner. Made using “slide media” mode with no adjustments/optimizations. These images were shot on Aerochrome colour infrared film and Lomochrome Purple — both processed in C-41.— Dmitri.
Trafalgar on Deck
May 2021 — London
September 10, 2021Stepping into London this past May after months of lockdown in the quiet Midlands felt much like I imagine moving from a rural medieval village to the bustling metropolis of Renaissance Rome must have felt like in centuries past. All of a sudden, life and joy met anger and fear in a flash of color and heat.— Nick Frazier.
Pentax Espio 140V Camera Review
Could This Be the Affordable 35mm Point and Shoot You’ve Been Looking For?
September 10, 2021Pentax Espio 100v is a relatively modern film camera from the ‘90s that can be easily found for sale on eBay these days. Superia 200.— Dmitri.
Granite Aggregate Operations
September 7, 2021The Snyder Quarry is located in South Western Oklahoma in the town of Granite, Oklahoma. With the nifty Holga 120n and a roll of Ilford’s Black and White HP5 Plus 120mm, a field trip to the granite quarry was going to make for some great film shots. These photographs were taken during the Fall of 2019.— Peter Reilly.
Film Photography News — August 2021 Recap
A Look Inside Moscow Dayze 2nd Ed. Photobook
September 3, 2021Read the first four chapters of the new Moscow Dayze photobook.— Dmitri.
Canon EF, an FD-Mount 35mm SLR Camera
The Irresistible Appeal of the Non-Revolutionary
August 31, 2021An extremely detailed article; the history, use, and quirks of this mid-range Canon SLR.— Danilo Leonardi.
Praktica MTL 5B
A Mechanical Beauty
August 18, 2021A user review of the East German Praktica MTL 5B and the discussion of its advantages, being a fully-mechanical 35mm film camera.— Justino Lourenço, with images by Dmitri.
Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire’s — and the World’s — Newest Film Lab
August 11, 2021A new film lab will open its doors in September 2021. Located near London, UK, the founders hope to create a hassle-free, community-oriented, eco-friendli(er) experience for the locals and beyond.— Dmitri.