Content having to do with good old-fashioned analog film.

Erwin Puts - New Leica Practicum Book

Erwin Puts is working on a new 500 page book called Leica Practicum that will be printed in March and start shipping in April. Pricing will be about €65 ($89 USD, includes shipping). His books are usually limited edition runs, and are thus hard to find. So if you're interested, keep an eye out (we'll keep you updated!). Read more below for details.

Photographer Reunited with Long Lost M2

Over on Amateur Photographer they have a story about a "Photographer 'Reunited' with Leica Camera After 30 Years." Paul Salmon bought his first Leica, an M2 (produced from 1958 to 1967) second-hand in 1982. He used it on newspaper and magazine photo assignments worldwide - until 1984 when he sold it to a shop in Leeds as part of plan to upgrade his camera equipment. He didn't see it again until 2013; turns out, he had his name engraved on the back. Thanks to this, he received an email from the new owner (who is based in Paris) who bought the camera from a Spanish University lecturer living in Madrid via eBay. He thought about buying it back - but decided that the new owner should enjoy it as he had! Read more below for the full story.


Developing Film with Lego Mindstorms

Jan van den Broek shows us In this video how you can develop film (35mm and rollfilm) using Lego Mindstorms... Remember, what you see are the very first results. The goal was, besides the Lego RCX 1.0, to use simple materials.

After loading the film into the reel and linking it to the machine I have now my hands and time free...

Adox Adonal Production

See how Adox Adonal is packaged at the factory! #ShootFilm

The oldest commercial developer still in production, and one of our favorites - Rodinal (now sold as R09 One Shot, Adox Adonal) is famous for its contrast control and flexibility. One of Rodinal's undoubted attributes is its incredible shelf life, with half-opened bottles reported to last over 40 years. The solution is light straw colored when first opened, and during the course of a year turns darker until eventually becoming deep purple-brown.


Leica M4 - The "Think" Camera

Here's an old ad for the Leica M4 (of which 58,000 were produced, from 1967 to 1974), calling it the "Think" Camera and goes on to brag about its lack of technology. Sort of sounds like recent Nikon Df ads, no? Compare that with today's ads that are the exact opposite! In a lot of ways, perhaps to the chagrin of some - they've continued this practice with today's digital M cameras. For the rest of us, this is the very reason we love our M cameras. You can see this and other M4 ads over on Leica Diaries. Read more below for the full ad and text!

Elliott Erwitt - Scotland, People and Pups

A few days ago, we bemoaned the fact that the Elliott Erwitt event at the Leica Store Los Angeles was a bit overshadowed by the celebrities in attendance. We're here to correct that... Oversight. On Vanity Fair's site they're running a nice article called "Elliott Erwitt Shoots Scotland's Gorgeous Countryside, People, and Pups." Quite a nice slideshow of 31 photos and worth checking out.

Making Platinum Prints

PHIX brings us this fascinating video on making platinum prints or platinotypes. Essentially a monochrome (B&W) printing process that provides the greatest (and most delicate) tonal range, surface quality and permanence of any printing method using chemical development. Unlike the silver print process, platinum lies on the paper surface, while silver lies in a gelatin or albumen emulsion that coats the paper. As a result, since no gelatin emulsion is used, the final platinum print is absolutely matte with a deposit of platinum and can last thousands of years - it also doesn't curl! The downside is the DMax (in this context, the blackest black) is lighter than that of silver prints.