User:Dustin McAmera

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

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.

They 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 (July 2011 was bad; I wasted two rolls of Macocolor discovering a shutter fault in my Foth Derby). I just took part in a 7th December 127 Day, one I haven't done before; much the same experience as the other winter one; not enough time with daylight, and the weather was foul.

My most-used cameras recently have been my Super Sport Dolly, Zeh Goldi and Fed Mikron.

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.)

  • Check Valdormar's flickr account to see if it stays dead: if so, go through the pages that had his images, which are now commented out (but will show in an 'everything' search) and delete them properly. Some have already been replaced; could look for replacements for some more. (Still dead 14 Jan '12)
  • 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?

  • 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 shoud refer that rather than just copy the 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 November 2011 auction at, and now mean to go back through earlier auctions ; 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.

(I've done quite a few of these now, either adding links to existing articles, or writing new stubs. I'm just writing up anything that takes my fancy so far; should probably try to be more systematic) This is a good place to say if you think we shouldn't be doing this style of article! They do often end up being just text and links.

  • Add some lenses to the FED article

Include this from Westlicht: stereo 38 mm f/3.8 lens pair w/ helical focus:

  • Find out about more of the non-TLR Rollei cameras, and improve coverage of them. (I mean the high-spec SLRs; I have already inserted basic articles on some of the fairly recent 35 mm compacts, and the very early Heidoscop and Rolleidoscop stereo cameras).
  • Maybe, investigate the competitors and predecessors of the Heidoscop. My understanding so far is that this was a rather blatant rip-off of a Voigtänder camera. I have found several similar stereo/panoramic models as old auction lots on respectable sites (i.e. where the picture will be around for some time), and elsewhere. It's interesting, because the Rollei TLRs are obviously rather closely related to the Rolleidoscop. Added these:

There seem to be plenty more like this; along the way, I hope to learn who really had this idea.

  • Find out about some of the obscure camera companies in or near Leeds. I've already added Reynolds and Branson and Pearson and Denham, for example, though there wasn't much about them.
    • e.g. Taylor's Drug Company (became Timothy White's & Taylors, then just Timothy White's, which became part of Boots); Early Photography and Wood and Brass both show a folding camera, the Albion, branded for them.
  • More Certo cameras, esp. early ones if possible. Everyone knows the 30s folders. There are lots of older plate cameras, according to McK, but you never see them. Done one or two:

(It will be ages before I get round to doing anything on Agfacolor, if I ever do: don't hang back if you want to take this out of my hands!)

  • 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?

Notes on Agfacolor

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: front page of a leaflet on the original colour-screen plates. Leaflet is from 1932; late in the life of the product.