In this episode, we're talking all things medium format while poking a little fun at the widespread misinterpretation of 120 film as "120mm film." We're tackling everything from cameras to negative sizes and even lenses aimed at the popular format that has been around for over 100 years now and isn't going away anytime soon. Especially with Kodak Gold 200 in 120 format and CineStill trying to bring back 220 film! In full disclosure, 120mm film did exist, but it's more closely tied to a large format as 120mm is 12cm which is about 4.5 inches. Surprisingly some films have the 120mm measurement; there are 1898’s 113 (90×120mm) and 114 (120x90mm) formats. If you're already seeing something and that these roll films are all numerical formats, with the first roll film released in 1881 being 101, going all the way to 119, which means that 120 film were first released in 1901 following the sequence already laid out.

You have to remember, when it comes to the standard 35mm film almost everyone shoots or has shot once in their life didn't start its life as a stock for still photography. It was originally designed for motion picture production by splitting 70mm film in half. While there has been a divergence between still image film and motion picture film, shooting cine film in still cameras has become a popular option for photographers. So in today's episode, we're going to be talking about the films that we at CCR love to shoot from the normal to the weird.

Let's face facts, when it comes to film photography it isn't exactly the best for the environment, between water use, packaging, and of course the chemistry there are some serious environmental impacts to consider. But what if there were some things we could do to help reduce our impact on the environment. Well, today we have Darren, a blogger who writes for learnfilm.photography who has been working hard to investigate and put into place some helpful means to reduce our environmental impacts.

Join the crew from Classic Camera Revival as we sit down to a round table episode to discuss anything and everything. We welcome Bill from Studio C-41, Gabe and Jeff from I Dream of Cameras and Andre from Negative Positives for this episode. Buckle up for an alcohol-fuelled marathon episode!

When it comes to photography, despite all the leaps and bounds forward, it has taken since the first image was recorded on a medium using exposure to light. Both the original and second methods are still being practised today in the 21st Century. And like those of the past, the means and procedures are based from magician to apprentice. And I use the term magician purposefully because if you've ever had the pleasure of watching a wet plate photographer in action, it is that, magic. We have two such photographers in today's episode, and both are returning guests to the podcast. First is Shane Balkowitsch, note wet plate photographer and incredibly humble, friendly, and always willing to pass along information, and second is Jamie Marcellus. Jamie recently travelled to Shane's natural light studio in North Dakota to learn the process. Originally invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, the collodion process improved upon the original Daguerreotype and completely overshadowed it by 1861. And while Wet Plate took a back seat to dry plates, the process is still worked today by less than 1,000 people worldwide. But through people like Shane, he hopes to teach more people and keep the process alive and the access to chemistry available to all who wish to continue the practice. The two talk about their styles throughout the episode and how Jamie has added his touch to his art and process. We also discuss Shane's fantastic work on capturing members of Dakota's indigenous population, people of note in the world today and how to get the right chemicals here in Canada (which is surprisingly easy).

We at Classic Camera Revival are horrified about the ongoing illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine by forces directed and ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Know that we at CCR stand with the brave defenders of Ukraine, those fleeing the conflict and those in Russia who are being arrested, suppressed from speaking out against their President and the illegal war he is conducting against a sovereign independent nation with its unique history and rich culture. Please consider donating time, money, and effort to support Ukraine, her defenders, and her citizens. Слава Україні!

Everyone has to start somewhere and while we do a lot of assumptions that our regular listeners have been in the game for a while, we've realised that there are probably folks out there who are just getting started. So on today's episode, the team sits down and discusses everything from starter cameras, good film stocks, excellent things to learn and ways to start home processing for those who are dipping their toes into photography and film for the first time!

The year, 1995, the shriek and howl of the dial-up modem sound through the library at Sam Sherratt Middle School in Milton, Ontario. For good or ill the Internet was here to stay. So with all the negativity that has been tossed around of late about the Internet and film photography the gang is here to talk about all the amazing things the Digital Age has to offer film photographers. From Scanning to Web 2.0, Internet Communities and Various Sharing platforms! Despite everything digital has done a lot to keep film photography alive and kicking well into the 21st Century and beyond.

There are no bad batches here, the gang sits down for a lively discussion about rebranding. Let's face it, the idea of rebranding items especially in photography is nothing new. Kodak, Fuji, and Agfa have all sold their films to resellers even putting them in custom cartridges and boxes. Even some camera manufacturers are known to build more cameras for other companies and sell under those names than under their own name. And today the trend continues, with Agfa still making films but as a contract manufacturer with names like Rollei under Maco Direct selling their product, or Fomapan producing films stocks for Kosmo Foto, New Classics, and Lomography. Plus ORWO provides the sweet motion picture film for Lomography and our friends at Cinestill and their use of Kodak Vision3 and Double-X stocks. And being able to get these in medium format! So the team sits down at the table for a lively and sometimes hard to follow the discussion about rebranding and clone products.

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)!

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