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).
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!)
- 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 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 TLRs are obviously rather closely related to the Rolleidoscop.
- Find out about some of the obscure camera companies in or near Leeds. I've already added Reynolds and Branson, 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.
- Pearson and Denham? Only seem to have made cameras for a short time. Found references to a couple of them; only one decent picture (which we can't use here).