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Quite a few of my cameras are for [[127 film]], and I usually do something for 127 Day in July and January. I took part in a ''7th December'' 127 Day last year, one I haven't done before; much the same experience as the January one; not enough daylight hours, and the weather was foul; but it's good to get any photography done in the deep winter. For 7 December I used one of my [[Zeh Goldi]]s; for 27 January I took out a [[Dolly Vest Pocket|Certo Dolly]] (but messed up that film, somehow) and my [[Korelle 3x4]]. I've been carrying my [[Jubilette]] round in a pocket for a while, too, and I have a film from my Bobette II ready to scan, which I took (sort of) to mark Camera-wiki's first birthday.
 
Quite a few of my cameras are for [[127 film]], and I usually do something for 127 Day in July and January. I took part in a ''7th December'' 127 Day last year, one I haven't done before; much the same experience as the January one; not enough daylight hours, and the weather was foul; but it's good to get any photography done in the deep winter. For 7 December I used one of my [[Zeh Goldi]]s; for 27 January I took out a [[Dolly Vest Pocket|Certo Dolly]] (but messed up that film, somehow) and my [[Korelle 3x4]]. I've been carrying my [[Jubilette]] round in a pocket for a while, too, and I have a film from my Bobette II ready to scan, which I took (sort of) to mark Camera-wiki's first birthday.
  
I did '''Take Your Box Camera to Work Day''' (29 February this year) with my '''Duo-Ensign 2¼B''' (very like the [[Box Ensign 2¼ B]] but made a few years later.
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I did '''Take Your Box Camera to Work Day''' (29 February this year) with my '''Duo-Ensign 2¼B''' (very like the [[Box Ensign 2¼ B]] but made a few years later, and Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with my Century Graphic.
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*Look at the Canon A-series SLRs: the AE1 page needs rewriting, and the AE1 Prog page actually says very little about the camera.  
 
*Look at the Canon A-series SLRs: the AE1 page needs rewriting, and the AE1 Prog page actually says very little about the camera.  
 
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* Research model numbers for FEDs, in particular the NKVD model(s). Where are the numbers from; did Princelle coin them? If so, we should say so somewhere. I think I read somewhere that the NKVD cameras are FED 1c and 1d, differentiated only by the engraving on the top (and they have a round end on the superstructure below the shutter speed dial); so nothing a user would care about.
 
Also, I find now (from Jay Javier's site) the finish on the plated surface is supposed to be rougher than on later FED 1s.
 
Places to look:
 
FEDKA webshop (has some Oscar Fricke info, and probably the camera to sell); Jay Javier; Nathan Dayton; McKeown; Alf Klomp?
 
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* Expand the information for [[Lancaster]]:
 
** The links on the page as it stands are ugly; I hate links with numbers like that. At least make the words clickable; but most of the models listed (and some that aren't) are at Early Photography.
 
** Should make clear the importance of the Instantograph name; this is many models, in many sizes. again, EP covers this rather well, and we should refer people there rather than just copy EP's information. Instantograph should be a page (at least one) in its own right. Maybe other models too. One of the pictures on the Lancaster page is some sort of Instantograph or BB Instantograph; passes some of EP's tests for a late model, despite what owner says on Flickr (stamp on the box, etc).
 
** Could give links to patents if there are any.
 
** Wood and Brass may have more examples.
 
** Westlicht examples.
 
 
 
* I've been trawling through the past auctions at http://www.Westlicht-Auction.com: they have some ''really'' good pictures (more and better in the recent auctions than in the earlier ones) and some rare and unusual cameras, many of which we don't have yet. We can't include the pictures, but we can link to them. The listings sometimes give useful information too (although I have found mistakes that even I spotted; film/plate sizes that were wrong, etc.)
 
  
 
* I have added links to related patents to some articles, especially ones on early and innnovative cameras. Patents may be available as PDF at Google Patents or [http://worldwide.espacenet.com/?locale=en_EP Espacenet]. Here's stuff to do: find out how we stand on using the diagrams from Patents. Some of these would be excellent illustrations.
 
* I have added links to related patents to some articles, especially ones on early and innnovative cameras. Patents may be available as PDF at Google Patents or [http://worldwide.espacenet.com/?locale=en_EP Espacenet]. Here's stuff to do: find out how we stand on using the diagrams from Patents. Some of these would be excellent illustrations.
 
 
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* Find out more about Agfacolor.
 
The name seems to have been used for more than one distinct type of film. One of these was very important indeed; it was a competitor to Kodachrome; and is interesting because it seems to have been one of the things done at the Wolfen plant. What happened to it?
 
* Also on Agfa, there is nothing about the current status of Agfa. I'm sure I have heard at least once that agfa was dead, but the products are still on the market. We should be able to say what's going on: is this really Mahn/Rollei, or Adox?
 
 
* Good source: [http://www.autochromes.culture.fr/index.php?id=126&L=1 Chronology of colour processes] at [http://www.autochromes.culture.fr/index.php?id=1&L=1 Autochromes Lumière], a project of the French Ministry of Culture.
 
 
From that page:
 
* 1916 Agfacolor plate: similar to Autochrome, with a random colour-screen layer of dyed granules (of what?). This is quite a long time after Autochrome (pat in 1904, on the markey in 1907) and Dufay, Paget and Thames plates using regular colour screens were all on the market by 1912.
 
 
* 1924 'Plaque Agfa, Germany': need more on that
 
 
* 1935 Kodachrome, USA and Agfacolor, Germany: ''Indirect colour photography by subtractive synthesis. Commercialisation of the first chromogentic colour films. The colours yellow, magenta and cyan are synthesised during development.''
 
That is, Agfa was not far behind Kodak with this idea. This is Agfacolor Neu, a positive film.
 
 
Usable picture: <nowiki>http://www.flickr.com/photos/nesster/5295939493/</nowiki> front page of a leaflet on the original colour-screen plates. Leaflet is from 1932; late in the life of the product.
 
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Revision as of 18:44, 29 June 2012

Hello!

My real name is Pete; on here and on Flickr I'm Dustin McAmera. I live in Leeds, in England.

I was promoted to be one of the admins here. If you're here in search of an admin, to ask something about CW, or complain about something, feel free to do that (best to do it next door on my Talk page).

I have more cameras than I can do justice to as a user (a few dozen), but I resist the idea that I'm a collector. That said, the pleasure of using the cameras is sometimes just as important to me as the photographs. My oldest cameras are from the 1920s, but I like to try to write about earlier stuff, just because it's under-represented here.

My own cameras include several that I feel guilty for owning, because I use them so little: in particular my Century Graphic, my Mamiya 645 Pro and my Ensign Reflex. I notice that since I started editing on here, that problem is worse.

Quite a few of my cameras are for 127 film, and I usually do something for 127 Day in July and January. I took part in a 7th December 127 Day last year, one I haven't done before; much the same experience as the January one; not enough daylight hours, and the weather was foul; but it's good to get any photography done in the deep winter. For 7 December I used one of my Zeh Goldis; for 27 January I took out a Certo Dolly (but messed up that film, somehow) and my Korelle 3x4. I've been carrying my Jubilette round in a pocket for a while, too, and I have a film from my Bobette II ready to scan, which I took (sort of) to mark Camera-wiki's first birthday.

I did Take Your Box Camera to Work Day (29 February this year) with my Duo-Ensign 2¼B (very like the Box Ensign 2¼ B but made a few years later, and Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with my Century Graphic.


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Vague to-do list

Thse are things I hope to do some work on soon-ish. Feel free to comment on these, especially if you think any of them is a really bad idea. (This isn't an invitation for anyone to insert jobs for me to do: I hate that! .. If you know enough to write one of these ideas up before I get to it, go ahead, of course.)

  • Write the Century Graphic its own page (perhaps the Crown should also be separated from the Speed too: a focal plane shutter is quite a big deal, and the lens usage of the two is different too). The CG isn't a small Speed, it's more like a small Crown; and what the hell is a flexible wire viewfinder? (Ross: if you want to do this, go ahead. I know you have one of these too! :) )
  • Check all members of Category:4x5 and its subcats: 4x5 is for 4x5 centimeter format (perhaps stupidly, since inch cameras are surely much more common); correct the cat to 4x5in where required.
  • While we're doing format categories, look up some of the stereo cameras; there are already cats for 6x13 and 47x105 I think. Check, and see if there should also be 9x18
  • Look at the Canon A-series SLRs: the AE1 page needs rewriting, and the AE1 Prog page actually says very little about the camera.
  • I have added links to related patents to some articles, especially ones on early and innnovative cameras. Patents may be available as PDF at Google Patents or Espacenet. Here's stuff to do: find out how we stand on using the diagrams from Patents. Some of these would be excellent illustrations.