Enter the Konica Wai Wai

Somehow, I’ve managed to be on Twitter at just the right time, twice, to catch generous offers from Dan K: first for a giveaway, through which I scored a bunch of different black & white films, some disposables, and some other stuff; the second to score 1 of 4 reloaded Konica Wai Wai disposables…

I tried to come up with some sort of clever title for this post. “It’s my Konica and I’ll Wai Wai if I want to” was the clear favorite, but still seemed too silly, and while the Wai Wai is a 15 year old, plastic, disposable camera, maybe it deserves a bit more respect than that. Continue reading “Enter the Konica Wai Wai”

Rollei RPX 100 – a review in 3 parts

Back in October 2017, I was blessed to take part in one of Dan K’s generous giveaways over on Twitter. It consisted of a gift certificate to Camera Film Photo and shipping, and I picked up a bunch of black & white film that I hadn’t tried before, including 5 rolls of Rollei RPX 100 in a Japan Camera Hunter Half Case.

I shot the first three rolls rather quickly, but sat on the last two for a few months, and by April 2018, I was all out. Will I buy more? I don’t know. Maybe. It’s a nice enough film, with pleasant grain, good tonal separation and nice contrast, but it’s a bit expensive, almost double the price of Fomapan 200 and a third more than FP4+, both of which I prefer. Still, it’s a nice enough film, and I’m glad I tried it. Continue reading “Rollei RPX 100 – a review in 3 parts”

Unboxing ‘Magnum Chronicles 01’

YouTube originally set this video as Private, claiming its content (a collection of images from Magnum Photographers of the Middle East over the last 50 or 75 years) might be disturbing to some viewers. I think this was auto-set because I included the subtitle in the video title or description…

Magnum Chronicles 01: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Forewarned is forearmed, I guess. Continue reading “Unboxing ‘Magnum Chronicles 01’”

Kosmo Foto Mono at the Neighborhood Picnic

The weekend before Ramadan, the neighborhood got together for a picnic. Fun! About 5 minutes after it was supposed to start, I received a frantic call from brother Riyaz, one of the organizers. He was breathless. “Brother James… we need a photographer here… hurry.”

I was happy to oblige, and, interestingly, I had just received 3 rolls of Kosmo Foto Mono, so I grabbed 3 cameras, loaded the 3 rolls of Kosmo into them, and off I went… Continue reading “Kosmo Foto Mono at the Neighborhood Picnic”