Enter the Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro

This Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro came to me in a basket full of Brownies, courtesy of a generous coworker. Actually, this Brownie Reflex Synchro came in two parts, or, rather, it took two Brownie Reflex Synchros from that basket to make one functional one, but it was easy to work on. In fact, I did all the repairs/exchanges with a small Swiss Army knife with the slot screwdriver bit on it… Continue reading “Enter the Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro”

1970s Ricoh Compacts, part 5 – the Ricoh 500 GX

The Ricoh 500 GX was the last of the Ricoh 500 series to be made in Japan. It’s pretty much a 500 G, with the addition of a multiple exposure switch, battery check button, shutter lock, and little flags that indicate when loaded film and a cocked shutter. In theory, it’s the best of the whole line, and I had high hopes for it.

How did this spur-of-the-moment acquisition work out for me? Read on… Continue reading “1970s Ricoh Compacts, part 5 – the Ricoh 500 GX”

Daniel Tim – ‘Close Your Eyes It’s Too Much’

It took a few viewings, but Daniel Tim’s Close Your Eyes It’s Too Much has grown on me. I’ve grown a little bit tired of straight-ahead street photography, and the book is just full of it, shot in Hong Kong, on film, and I’m ashamed to say that the first time(s) I flipped through it, I flipped quickly.

But after three or four times, I started to notice some things, not so much in the individual pictures, but in the relationships between them. Continue reading “Daniel Tim – ‘Close Your Eyes It’s Too Much’”