Author - wlungov

Retouching desk

Article shows a retouching desk of the type used at the beginning of photography. The retouching was done basically with pencil applied directly on the photographic emulsion. Examples of antique glass plates in which people had their lines of expression smoothed by this method are shown an commented.

Kapsa | D. F. Vasconcelos

Brazilian photographic camera manufactured in the 1950s. Dedicated to amateur photography produces negatives with 6 x 9 cm or 4.5 x 6 cm in 120 films.

Pacemaker Crown Graphic 23 | Graflex

Review of Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic 23: concept, features, types of film holders, use of dry plates and comments about the use of flashbulbs. Also includes a gallery of pictures taken with this camera.

Contact printer

Tutorial with video for building up a photography contact printer. That can be used for large format photographs and also for UV alternative/historical processes like Van Dyke Brown, Cyanotype, Gum Dichromate, Salted Paper, Platinum/Palladium among others.

Collinear | Voigtländer

Small lens whose design is among the first anastigmatics. The Collinnear, sometimes referred as Kollinnear, created by the Voigtländer firm in 1893, using the newly developed glasses in Jena was, among others of the same type, a step change in photographic optics.

Rapid Rectilinear | William Wray

Review of a Rapid Rectilinear lens from the very beginning of Wray's production, with comments on the firm's entrance and contribution to the history of photography. William Wray was very important in the diffusion of iris diaphragm for photographic lenses and recognised as a high quality lens maker. Features also a portrait made with this lens.

Petzval portrait lens | Voigtländer

Quick review of a Petzval type lens for portraits. Manufactured by Voigtländer in 1862. Sample of portrait made with it and links to useful resources.

Super Technika III 23 – Linhof

Designed to offer the advantages of large-format and miniature photography in one camera, with focus and composition via optical viewfinder or ground glass, the Linhof Super Technika is an icon in camera history. Review with photos, comments and images produced with the Linhof Super Technika.

Build your 4×5″ camera back

Tutorial shows step-by-step and constructive details to make a large format camera back to work with standard film holders, sizes 4x5" and 9x12 cm.

Bellows project tailor-made for you

Application creates a .pdf for a bellows used on photo cameras of any size. The drawing indicates the cut-and-fold lines in life size. You indicate the measures, pay via Pay Pal and receive the project by email within a few minutes.

Robot II | Hans Berning

A camera created in 1930, which uses 35mm film, and besides being totally mechanical, has a spring system that allows one to make up to 5 photos per second just by pressing the shutter release button. The film is advanced and the shutter is armed automatically.

Contax IIIa | Zeiss Ikon

One of the most iconic cameras from Zeiss Ikon, the 35mm Contax offered a system with interchangeable lenses and a multitude of accessories. It was launched with the difficult task of competing with Ernst Leitz's Leica. Although it has not outgrown its competitor in glamour, technically, It brought important innovations that marked the history of...