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Frank Machalowski is a German award winning photographic artist and photographer, who lives and work in Berlin. After studying economic studies in Berlin and applying himself to various trades he works today as a freelance photographer and artist. Frank first got into photography as a hobby years ago. At first he was mainly into digital photography, but then he started shifting back to film as he found the charming characteristics and atmosphere of film photography to be most fascinating. Today he develops and prints his photos on his own. His major areas of interest are the city as well as the country side, two opposite fields but to him they kind of attract.

Some photographs of his series ‘monster’ and ‘multiexpo‘ were shown in Germany, France, USA and Italy at renowned galleries and festivals. He is part of a permanent collection of the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris.

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If you shoot film, you know how difficult it can be to properly organize your photographs once they have been digitized to your computer. Modern digital cameras allow easy organization with built in metadata that provides every bit of information you could ever need; however, digitally scanned photos contain no such data. Promote Systems has introduced the Meta35, a device to easily import and sync your film camera’s metadata.

I now  have a new gear that i hope to be able to acquire in the near future.

Sony’s full-frame camera family just got larger with a superb, but expensive mirrorless flagship, the A7R II. The new model is one of Sony’s highest resolution cameras ever at 42.4-megapixels, handily whupping its predecessor, the 36.4-megapixel A7R. It also has the “world’s first back-illuminated full-frame sensor,” according to Sony, giving it high sensitivity (up to 102,400 ISO) to go along with all those pixels. It gets the 5-axis stabilization system from the A7-II, but unlike that camera, shoots 4K video that’s sampled from the entire 35mm sensor.

Read The Article : Sony A7R II



The Fujica STX-1 is one of my small collection of vintage film cameras. It is an entry level SLR made by Fuji in the late 1970s to mid 19STX-1 Advertisement80s. It was introduced to the United States in 1979. The focal plane shutter is mechanical, with a top speed of 1/750th of a second and a flash sync at 1/60th of a second. The lowest speed is 1/2 second and the camera includes a bulb setting along with shutter release cable connection. Selected shutter speed is shown along the left side of the viewfinder through a mechanical linkage. A DOF preview control is present, conveniently placed on the front of the camera next to the lens.
Everything about the STX-1 is manual. No program modes are available. The camera does require a battery, but only to run the meter.Compatible batteries: Two of LR44-type alkaline-manganese batteries; HR44-type mercury batteries; SR44-type silver oxide batteries. The light meter on the STX-1 is an averaging, moving coil analogue type, whose operation is scaled by the camera’s shutter speed and aperture settings. This appears on the right side of the viewfinder. The later STX-1n model has a meter consisting of several small LEDs, but the overall effect of these is rather vague compared to the earlier analogue meter.

The other change in the STX-1n is a redesigned battery hatch. The STX-1 has a Fujica X mount, which is compatible with Fujica X lenses. Although often difficult to find, a decent selection of these lenses are available on online auction sites.index

The STX-1 was also sold by Porst in Germany, as the CR-1.  Camera User Manual Here.


My camera came re-skined and CLA. It had mounted a fast X Fujinon 50mm f1.9, which produces quite good results. It is a small well made SLR, super easy to use with great lenses and the ability to produce nice photos for only a fraction of other more well known adversaries. If you find one give it a try.


I love film SLRs when I find one that still works, I want to have a go with it. When I found an old 1988 Minolta Maxxum 3000i body for 10USD I didnt hesitate at all. I know its all plastic, It fully automated with no manual mode. Its a big SLR with Autofocus ,point and shootish bulky camera.Some would say its ugly and only good as a paperwight for nerdish film lovers.

Its a clumsy, dark device with a surprisingly few bells and whistles. A power button, a switch to choose between automatic or manual focus, and of course, the shutter. Advancing the film is completely automatic, and the clever DX system of the Dynax 3000i recognizes the ISO value of your film, so you don’t have to set it yourself.

The camera ergonomicaly speaking is comfortable its basically a straight forward point-focus-shoot experience. Its not heavy but also not lightweight. If you press the shutter button halfway it focuses automatically.

Saint Nikolas Church,Piraeus

Although it was a Cloudy Sunday I mounted a Minolta AF 35-80mm F/4-5.6 shutter cap and  took it out to test it with a roll of Lucky SHD 100 B&W film.

Saint Nikolas Church ,Piraeus

It is good all around film camera that you can get dirt cheap,which is capable of taking nice photos and that you have nothing to worry about when using except framing your shot,point and shoot. Yes it lacks the retro look and its not descreat.It could be a nice gift to a young kid getting into film photography.

I recently bought from eBay another Minolta mount lens the Vivitar MD 28mm f2.5 Auto-Wide Angle ⌀67mm, for just 10.51$.

Hey, don’t call me cheap, it was a great bargain. (also had a leather Yashica case and most importantly an original Vivitar 67mm METAL lens hood!!!!)

I wanted another wide angle lens and the provocative look of this lens with the massive front element was a too big temptation.

It is in almost mint condition.The Serial number is 22662109 and that with the fact that the front diameter is 67mm means its a Kiron made lens.

Yes,,this was and still is a very sharp and contrasty lens that even by today’s standards is right up there with the best. It was made back when most things were made to last it seems like forever and the lenses made by Kiron rivaled the brand name camera manufacturers as they were as good or better than theirs.

Most lenses were on the heavy side but back then and Vivitar wanted to catch the Prosumer market and they did just that. They used the best optics they could get and just look at the feel and finish of their lenses. Most of the lenses had larger front elements to let more light in than OEM lenses and that cut the cost a bit. It didn’t mean anything more that that it was a less expencive lens that was as good as some Nikkors.

The Vivitar 28mm f: 2.8 lens is not one of the ones that are collectable but don’t be afraid to use it.It can produce high quality images.

You might be getting better pic’s than brand name lenses.Also remember to keep a 67mm filter on it.

Check this Review of the lens used on a 70D DSLR.

Review Vivitar 28mm f2.5 Wide

Stay tuned for the test shots.