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! .. If you know enough to write one of these ideas up before I get to it, go ahead, of course.)
- 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.
- 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, and is interesting because it seems to have been one of the things done at the Wolfen plant, so may have been taken in reparations by the Soviet Union and/or the western allies at the end of the War.
- 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?