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How to Push 400 ISO Film to 1600

This is one of our favorite ways to shoot 400 speed black and white film.It is probably one of the most popular ways of pushing film as well. This works best with Ilford HP5 and Kodak Tri-X but basically with any 400 speed black and white film. Above are a few samples of 400 ISO film being pushed to 1600. The idea behind pushing is to be able to shoot at a 1600 ISO but without having to use 1600 speed film. Many people use this when shooting manual focus street photography, so that one can zone focus, using smaller apertures and faster shutter speeds.It can be handy if you are shooting in a darker environment. It also adds a...

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The Rise of the REFLEX

What? What's going on?! A brand new analogue SLR camera?! Yes, Reflex is a modern update of the timeless manual SLR 35mm film camera. The camera has been developed by the creative team behind If You Leave, the renowned photography publisher and social community, founded by Laurence Von Thomas in 2009. Laurence, CEO of Reflex and creator of If You Leave, first had the idea to create a modular, modern update on the manual SLR camera years ago.  And here we are. Reflex is distinctive in its modular design, it combines contemporary mechanical and electrical engineering with the classic design of an analogue camera, making it the first newly designed manual SLR system in over 25 years. Film photography, much like...

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Silberra - the PAN of perfection

The Silberra company announced 3 new 35mm (135) black and white film stocks and new photographic papers for amateurs and professionals alike. They begin an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on 25th of October to upscale manufacturing and fund the continuation of their R&D work.  The 1st new film stock is Silberra PAN.  They have already produced and begun worldwide testing of this new panchromatic film series, which includes: Silberra PAN50, Silberra PAN100, Silberra PAN160 and two limited editions: Silberra PAN200 and Silberra Ultima200. You can easily find Silberra PAN images from different photographers on Instagram using the #silberra hashtag. You’ll find many examples of results from these films, as we’ve already provided samples to several black and white photographers around the world. The Silberra PAN series is derived from...

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Contax T2 a real blast or just pure hype?

   The Contax T2 doesn't need a lot of introduction. Thanks to public figure such as Kendall Jenner and family this little gem of mechanics reached peaks of unimaginable hype and, in our opinion, also a bit too overestimated. But don't get me wrong, the T2 is one the best cameras of the high end point-and-shoot market but as its characteristic and features we prefer other cameras (matter of taste). Handling the camera can be positive at the very beginning but while you will start to take your first pictures you'll realize how close your finger will be to the lens. Once you will understand how to pur you middle finger on the grip this will be not a problem anymore, but you...

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What a classy journey with the Fujifilm Klasse!

    The Klasse S is a modern and compact point-and-shoot with all the features of a proper 35mm camera (just to give you an idea, I used to take it with me as a back up of my Contax G2, loading a different film, and I've been always happy of its results). I tried the camera during a trip in Paris, and since is Paris (for me the city has to be shoot in bw) I used a black and white film, a Kodak Tri-X 400. Its 38mm f/2.8 lens offers crisp photos through the well-built viewfinder and their superb EBC Fujinon lens. One of the core features that made the Fuji Klasse cameras a great competitor in the high end...

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