The analogue space photography pioneers

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Ed White walking in space over New Mexico, Gemini, 4 June 1965 (Nasa)

Anyone who learned to take photographs back in the days of film will remember how frustrating it could be. Quite apart from the trickiness of loading the film, budding photographers couldn’t be sure whether they had a potential cover of National Geographic or a pile of prints fit for the litter bin until the negatives came back from the lab.

Now imagine you had to deal with these difficulties hundreds of miles above a glittering blue Earth, tethered to the space capsule that is your only link between home and the endless gulf of space. Your movements are constricted by the clumsy spacesuit that allows you to survive out here. And you can’t even hold the camera up to your face to compose your pictures properly, thanks to your ungainly helmet. Finding out whether you’ve shot a…

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Film News: Ferrania needs you!

As some of you may recall, I did a little interview with Ferrania last year about them bringing their film back on to the market. A year passed and everyone was wondering what had happened. Well, the people at Ferrania had been very busy overcoming all kinds of obstacles to bring their film to us. And now they are nearly there. But they need our help, and here is how we can do it.

Continue reading Film News: Ferrania needs you! – Japan Camera Hunter.

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Work in Progress

SONY NEX-3N with SONY E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18 and Raspberry Pi with RPi-Display

I’m working on a new photography-related Raspberry Pi-based project. There is still a lot to do, but the current prototype is already usable.

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Mejiro Update

Whenever I have a minute to spare, I continue working on Mejiro. During the last few weeks, I’ve tweaked some things, added a couple of new features. Time for yet another Mejiro update, then.



Mejiro now automatically detects the browser language, and picks the appropriate description file. For example, if the browser language check returns de (for German), Mejiro uses the description file with the prefix de-, for example: de-foo.txt. If the appropriate file does not exist, Mejiro falls back to the default one (in this case, it’s foo.txt).

Thanks to a simple CSS trick, the app now handles photos in portrait orientation properly. The workaround is not ideal, but it should do the job for the time being. Finally, Mejiro now supports a tagline, and you can replace the default text with your own in the user settings section of the script.

As always, the latest version of Mejiro is available for download from the project’s GitHub page, and you can view a Mejiro demo at

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Quick Tips : How to Zone Focus / Scale Focus

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How to Zone Focus

There’s always something new to learn in photography. Even people who’ve been shooting for years have little gaps of knowledge intermittently speckled throughout their skill set. This in mind, we’re starting a new feature that will quickly and directly answer some of the more common questions that puzzle shooters, both new and old. In coming articles, we’ll explain things like ISO, crop-sensors, and the intricacies of home-printing. For now, let’s look at zone focusing (sometimes known as scale focusing), how it’s done, and how it can help your photography.

Zone focusing is a technique used to quickly and accurately achieve proper focus on a subject in photography when it’s not practicable to compose a shot through the viewfinder. By setting a lens’ aperture and focus rings to a set position, it’s possible to shoot in-focus photos candidly, quickly, and accurately in situations where autofocus (AF) lag or contemplative composition would otherwise cause you to…

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Shooting with Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO

ILFORD XP2 Super 400 has been my film choice for the longest time. But in the spirit of getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things, I decided to give a different film a go. Browsing the film selection at the Fotoimpex store, I stumbled upon Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO. Further research piqued my interested in the film, and I ended up ordering a couple of rolls. I reasoned that even if I don’t like the film itself, I could always use the nifty twin-roll plastic cases the film comes in.

There are a few characteristics that make Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO stand out from the crowd. First of all, the film features a polyester base that makes the film stronger and less prone to tearing. Compared to other films, Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO is also noticeably thinner. It also lacks the typical orange mask, and a special coating makes the film more resistant to scratches and improves its anti-static qualities. According to Macodirect, Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO has a wide exposure latitude, and the film is suitable for use in various lighting conditions.

Obviously, i wasn’t able to put all of these claims to the test, but here are a handful of photos, so you can get a better idea of the film’s capabilities for yourself. As for me, I think I’ll keep a roll or two of Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO in my photo bag from now on. Thanks for stopping by!

Nikomat FTn, Nikon GN Auto NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8, Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO

Nikomat FTn, Nikon GN Auto NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8, Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO

Nikomat FTn, Nikon GN Auto NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8, Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO

Nikomat FTn, NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8 non-Ai, Rollei DIGIBASE CN200 PRO

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Nikon F – Camera Review

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Nikon F

Innovation is a big deal. Companies that invent new products are amazing. Unfortunately for these trailblazers, innovation doesn’t always lead to glory. The first automobile was an amazing machine, the likes of which the world had never seen. But who among us remembers the Benz Patent-Motorwagen? Most people believe the Ford Model T was the first automobile, though it wasn’t. Similar anecdotes pepper the last century of industrialization. Does anyone know who created the first MP3 player? Likely very few, but everyone knows Steve Jobs’ iPod. Sometimes it’s best to sit back, observe the competition, and build something greater than anything anyone’s seen before.

This is what happened with the Nikon F, and while Nikon’s first SLR doesn’t hold the distinction of being the first SLR in the world, it did succeed in combining all the greatest innovations of those that had come before it into one amazing machine. Drawing on innovations made…

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