The winter is a good time to kick back and enjoy a good movie or TV show, so for our season 8 premiere, the gang is going to talk about our favourite shows that have some feature of photography or a photographer. As a group, our tastes are rather varied and encompasses both fiction, non-fiction and even a bit of anime. The movies and shows featured in today's episode include Blow Up, War Photographer, One Hour Photo, Life, The B-Side, and Area 88!
In our first episode, we discussed those cameras that can take any work we throw their way, and so to close off this season; we're bringing that topic back! What makes things interesting is that some of our choices have changed, and some familiar cameras are still on the table but in different people's hands! And there are no surprises in this list; we have cameras like Hasselblads, Mamiya, Olympus, Nikon, Canon, and Minolta are all in our choices. And when it comes to workhorses, these are cameras that will work in any condition and deliver solid image quality. You also need a camera that you can depend on the metering on the camera, especially if you're working with slide film! You need these cameras to get out of the way, to be not only an extension of your eye but also of your heart. Also, these cameras need to feel right, understanding a camera within your second nature without any real thought to operation. And we end the episode with an excellent discussion about when and where we shoot digital (and yes, we do shoot digital)!
When it comes to Film Photography, most of the technology behind the medium has not changed that much since its inception. But some things are still struggling and need to rest in peace, or often in pieces. The gang sits around and hashes out formats and technologies that need to be put to bed, with items like Selenium Meters, 126 formats, APS, among the things. And they also talk about new advances in film photography and technology behind them like ReveniLabs Meters. Recycling old cameras and lenses from systems that aren't too popular to formulate new cameras again. ReveniLabs and, more specifically, the Press Pan, built from dead Nikon FEs and Mamiya Press lenses.
When it comes to camera gear there are some that have the feels, and there are others that don't have the feels. So in this episode, the gang discusses the cameras that have amazing ergonomics that are a joy to use, others that we tolerate because the image quality is amazing! What cameras are on the table today, some are pretty obvious including the Nikon F4, Hasselblad V System, Olympus OM-2 and the Mamiya m645. And it cannot be an episode about ergonomics without including an Exakta.
While we love shooting and talking about our own cameras, what happens when you're thrown for a loop you can get some interesting results! So with the gang all back together in person, we decided to take this favourite format and take on another mystery camera challenge! This time around we have John, Jess, Bill, and Alex all trading cameras around the table. John takes over Alex's favourite, the Minolta Maxxum 9. Jess getting to work with a beautiful Nikon FM from John. Alex lugging around a beast, the Nikkormat FTn from Bill. And it wouldn't be an MCC without Bill ending up with a red-window medium format. Jess passes along a Halina Prefect Senior to Bill, we've always joked about having a Halina on our show and now it has actually happened.
A solo show, join Alex as he discusses the idea of downsizing a camera collection, how to go about choosing the gear that has to go and what to keep and how to avoid separation anxiety.
Join Alex and Bill as they sit Jess Hobbs in the hot seat. While Jess has been a regular guest host on many shows in the past, it's time to get to know her better! The trio sits down to talk photography, travel, BBQ Chicken, life in the Eastern Townships, and so much more! We are also pleased to welcome Jess aboard as part of the hosting team for 2022, as Alex will be taking a short break for part of next year.
It's been a long hot summer, and Alex sits down for a rare CCR Solo show to talk about his experiences with Adox. If you haven't heard of Adox, then prepare to have your introduction made to the oldest name in film photography chemistry and supplies! While the original 1860s Adox is long gone their name and experience live on with the modern form of the company started by Fotoimpex as a way to preserve not only the intellectual properties of Adox but also Agfa!
We're back on the interview circuit as Bill and Alex sit down with John Roberts a photographic retail expert at Kerrisdale Cameras on the unceded territories of the Kwikwetlem & Coast Salish nations in Coquitlam, British Columbia. John, Bill & Alex discuss the retail aspects of photography, the amazing company that is Kerrisdale Cameras and how it kept Henry's out of British Columbia. Along with SLRs versus Rangefinders, seeking inspiration, capturing family moments, family, and lenses with character.
You can find John on the following Social Media Platforms.
Instagram - instagram.com/jrphotographybc
Flickr - flickr.com/photos/jrphotographybc
Twitter - twitter.com/jrphotographybc
YouTube - youtube.com/user/highlander200107
Representation Matters, so on today's show Chris is taking the lead and bringing around the table today are six amazing photographers whom we at CCR love to see their work and are always happy to interact share and celebrate their work. But what draws all these photographers together, well they're all women and they have an amazing talent that certainly needs to be celebrated, shared, and their voices...heard.