Fujifilm X20 compact rangefinder-style camera - in real life, it's much smaller than it appears here. (Photo courtesy Fujifilm Canada Inc.)

The rangefinder, evolved: Fujifilm’s X Series

Fujifilm has had a good couple of years for photographers. Their X Series cameras (the new digital models, not the similarly named SLR system from the 1980s) has been very well received. What started as one groundbreaking camera (the Fujifilm X100) has become a family. The X Series includes small point and shoots (the X10 […]

The Belair at its best (at least until the Russian lenses arrive.) 90mm (plastic) shot at f/16, shielded from glare in open shade.

Results from the Lomo Belair (part three)

I’ve got a few sample shots to share from the Lomo Belair with the standard-issue plastic lenses. This follows on the previous posts: part one which was an introduction to the camera, and part two which was an in-depth hands on with the camera. I hope to soon receive the new “Russian glass” for the […]

Sample shots from the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 (.mpo format files contain two .jpgs side by side.)

Shooting in 3D or; how stereo has nothing to do with music

Brian May and I have something in common; a love of stereo. I learned this fact while chatting with my friend Ruslan. He was working with Brian May (and the rest of the rock superstars of Queen) to bring “We Will Rock You” to the stage in Moscow. Ruslan mentioned that May (best known as […]

The Belair X 6-12 package includes two interchangeable lenses, two matching viewfinders, two accesory film gates (6x6 and 6x9), a manual, and for my early order a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Lomography Belair X 6-12 (part two)

A complete review of the Lomography Belair X 6-12 cannot follow the timeworn reviewers’ template of reciting the manufacturers’ specifications, offering an opinion on handling, and evaluating image quality. The Belair, like many of the cameras we will discuss on altcameras.com, is a camera design that cannot simply be picked up and shot without some […]

A roll of classic Kodak Plus-X black and white film in 120 format. Plus-X has been recently discontinued. Both Ilford and Fuji make suitable replacement films - Ilford FP4+ and Fuji Neopan Acros.

What is “medium format?”

I’ve shot film my whole life. But I’m young enough that “film” only meant one thing – those little cans of 35mm film, hanging for sale by the cash register at the grocery store or pharmacy. Even going to film school, and making movies, film mostly meant 35mm, with two neat rows of sprocket holes […]