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Megapixel junkies can find their next fix in Hasselblad’s latest medium-format creation, the H4D-200MS. The camera boasts an amazing 200-Mpixel resolution, and was announced at Photokina last year. To put that in perspective, most professional DSLRS hover in the 20-Mpixel range. Hasselblad’s newest camera is about 10 times greater than that.

 

Medium-format, for those who don’t know, refers to a format of film photography larger than the standard 24mm by 36mm, known as 35mm, but smaller than the 4- by 5-inch format, known as large format. Digitally, the sensor is larger than a 35mm sensor; it could have dimensions of 33.1 by 44.2mm.

Hasselblad dominates the medium-format category, and it has been a popular option for decades since World War II. There are several models currently available in the H4D line: 31, 40, 50, 60, and now the 200. The H4D-200MS, specifically, comes as the third entry in a small line of multishot(MS) cameras: H3DII-39MS and H4D-50.

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This looks cool. What a neat way to capture those panoramic views. Keep in mind it’s lomo and not DSLR.

This is by far the wierdest DIY I’ve ever come across.

I have been talking about doing this experiment for a long time, but have never gotten to it until this weekend. It is possible to process your own film using coffee. Hard to believe, I know, but it works. The other ingredient besides vitamin C and coffee is washing soda. It was a little hard to track down, but you might look in the laundry section of your local grocery store. Here is a YouTube video showing how it is done: [via Found Photography]

Check out the video here.

I just discovered a three part series on the history of photography by the Photocritic.

Photography History I – Before Film

In this first post you’ll learn about:

  • The Camera Obscura
  • Nicéphore Niépce
  • Louis Daguerre
  • William Fox Talbot
  • John Herschel and Anna Atkins
  • Frederick Scott Archer

In the second part, Photography History II – The Film Era, you’ll learn about:

  • George Eastman and Kodak
  • Film Photography Going into the 20th Century
  • Jacob Riis
  • Edward Curtis
  • André Kertész
  • Ansel Adams
  • Annie Leibovitz

Finally in part 3, Photography History III – The Digital Era, you’ll find information about:

  • Rise of the Digital Camera
  • Changes to the Industry
  • Changes to the Art Form
  • Michael Wolf
  • Deanna Dikeman
  • Johnathan Gitelson
  • Tim Long
  • Matt Siber

Even Professional Photographers have either used or made their own pinhole cameras. It’s something feared and yet can be something so easy to make.

Welcome to matchboxpinhole.com!  This site includes the instructions for building a matchbox pinhole camera which first appreared on my blog in 2005.  I’ve re-written the instructions to hopefully make things clearer, if anything doesn’t make sense, please post in the new Matchbox Pinhole Forum.

Give it a try. I’m going to. Later we can share photos on both the Matchbox Pinhole Forum and here.

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For those out there who still prefer film over digital (I believe they both have their place and use both), here’s an article by EpicEdits offering a list of questions to ask any potential film developer.

Briefly the questions include:

  1. CAN YOU PROCESS 35MM AND 120 FILM?
  2. WHAT OTHER FORMATS CAN YOU PROCESS?
  3. CAN YOU PROCESS BLACK & WHITE FILM?
  4. CAN YOU PROCESS SLIDE FILM?
  5. WILL YOU CROSS PROCESS SLIDE FILM?
  6. DO YOU SCAN FILM? AND HOW LARGE?
  7. DO YOU PRINT? HOW LARGE? AND WHAT PAPER?
  8. WHAT ARE YOUR TURNAROUND TIMES?
  9. HOW ABOUT PRICES?

Be sure to read the reasons behind these questions on EpicEdits.