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Film Photography Film Review

Kodak Ektar 100 Film Test Olympus OM2n + OM Zuiko 28mm F3.5 Lens

The first roll of color negative film: The Kodak Ektar 100 (expired for about 3 years) from my Olympus OM2n, shot mostly on the fantastic Zuiko 28mm F3.5 (single coated) wide-angle lens.

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Camera Review Film Photography

Olympus OM-1/1n VS OM-2/2n | 35mm SLR Manual Flim Camera Buying Guide

Dilemma, dilemma, dilemma! This video is my opinion on which camera you should buy if you are stuck between an Olympus OM-1/1n or OM-2/2n. In this video, I break down the critical points of purchasing one camera over the other, based on my analysis.

All OM-1/1n/2/2n models suffer from the famous foam deteriorating defect that requires an immediate prism cleaning remedy. See my detailed repair video here: https://youtu.be/hcawBMezOv4

The “n” models added direct contact at the camera back to use with cordless Recordata Backs (Older back can also be used with PC terminal), a flash ready LED in the viewfinder, and regardless of the position of the FP/X switch is set at, automatic X-sync with Shoe-4 when any of the dedicated flashes are used.

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Video Light Review

GVM SD300D Bi-Color COB LED Video Light vs Aputure LS C300D Mk II

So I was kindly provided a review sample from GVM to test their newly released Kelvin Adjustable (2300K-7500K) 300W LED video light, model # SD300D https://bhpho.to/3kkTP9o

I received the light and immediately started my unboxing and first impression video process while comparing its performance to the higher-priced Aputure LS C300D Mark II.

During the testing, the light shut itself off due to overheating shortly after turned on… I was not able to do any further comparison videos besides a 50% power output test and a 100% power output test between two lights.

I contacted GVM, and they told me to try to fix the fan problem myself, and due to supply issues in China from the shutdown and the lockdown, they don’t even have a replacement fan available.

I’m going to attempt a repair on this video light and will post a follow-up video of my attempt at making this light’s active cooling fan work again on the unit.

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Lens Review

Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Full Frame Lens 4K Video Test on Sony A7 III

Handheld, Aperture Priority.

Color graded in Davinci Resolve.

The 35mm F1.8 is my favorite take-anywhere lens, and super sharp with great AF performance.

Sony FE 35mm F1.8: https://amzn.to/3EwHsQK

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GVM SD300D Bi-Color COB Video Light First Impression vs Aputure LS C300D Mk II

So I was kindly provided a review sample from GVM to test their newly released kelvin Adjustable (2300K-7500K) 300W LED video light. https://bhpho.to/3kkTP9o

I received the light and immediately started my unboxing and first impression video process while comparing its performance to the higher-priced Aputure LS C300D Mark II. During the testing, the light shut itself off due to overheating shortly after turned on.

I was not able to do any further comparison videos besides a 50% power output test and a 100% power output test between two lights. I contacted GVM, and they told me to try to fix the fan problem myself, lol so I’m going to attempt a repair on this video light and will post a follow-up video of my attempt at making this light’s active cooling fan work again on the unit.

This video is my unboxing and initial impression of the GVM SD300D COB LED Video Light.

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Film Photography

Olympus OM-1 Top Cover Disassembly Viewfinder Clean & Prism Restoration

I show you how easy it is to remove and service the foam-damaged prism on OM1, OM1n, OM2, and OM2n. You just need the right tools, patience and little bit of your spare time.

Tools needed for this job (or to service most Japanese film cameras):

Lens Spanner Wrench (this is the best one I can find): https://amzn.to/3fWpoUO

Crosspoint Screwdriver Set: https://amzn.to/32fRFT3

Tweezers: https://amzn.to/3piB0XL

Compass: https://amzn.to/3qeIdap

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Film Photography

How To Do Double or Multiple Exposure on a Leica M Film Camera (or many other film cameras)

Double/Multiple Exposure capability certainly expands many folks’ creative horizons on film cameras.

However, not many cameras feature an integrated multiple exposure function, but in this video, I’ll show you how to overcome this design limitation, and be able to do multiple exposures fairly easily on cameras that don’t feature a multiple exposure switch.

I’m using my Leica M4-2 as an example, but this should apply to many other M film cameras, or even non-Leica film cameras, using the same technique of observing the film rewind lever.

It is quite easy!

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Camera Review Film Photography

Olympus OM-1/1n VS OM-2/2n | 35mm SLR Manual Flim Camera Buying Guide

In this video, I review and compare two very popular 35mm manual focus SLR film camera choices from Olympus.

All OM-1/1n/2/2n models suffer from the famous foam deteriorating defect that requires prism cleaning remedy. See my detailed repair video here: https://youtu.be/hcawBMezOv4

What does the “n” model improve upon the original? Well the “n” designation added direct contact at the camera back to use with cordless recordata backs (older back can also be used with PC terminal), a flash ready LED in the viewfinder, and regardless of the position of the FP/X switch is set at, automatic X-sync with Shoe-4 flash attachment when any of the dedicated flashes are used.

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Film Photography Lens Review

Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm F2.5 II Leica M Mount Digital Samples

Here are some samples shots from the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 II Leica M mount, mounted on Sony A7 IV using a Leica M to FE adapter with close focusing capability. (Video review with more samples coming soon)

Really love this tiny 35mm lens. Compact, well built, versatile, and very good optical performance. I have shot two rolls of HP5 on the lens but haven’t had a chance to develop my films yet. I will of course update in a new post when films are developed.

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Camera Review Film Photography

Five Classic 35mm Film Cameras Compared: Olympus OM-1, OM-2n, Minolta X-570, X-700, Yashica GSN

In this video, I’m comparing some of the popular 35mm manual focus film cameras from the 70s and 80s: Olympus OM-1, Olympus OM-2n, Minolta X-700, and Minolta X-570(X-500), as well as a rangefinder camera from the 60s: a Yashica Electro 35 GSN. If you are new to film photography and want a manual focus film camera experience, I offer some of my own personal opinion and suggestions in this video to help you decide on a camera that best fits your needs.