Author Archives: Zeb Andrews

Becoming Medium Format

Let’s face it, film isn’t dead.  If anything, film is enjoying a bit of a renaissance particularly in the realms of toy cameras and medium format cameras.  In fact, you are likely reading this because you are part of that wave of photographers interested in owning your first medium format camera.  Buying your first medium […]

Nikon Non-AI, AI, AI’D, AIS…. oh my. Part 2.

And here we are again, at the cusp of further discussion regarding the Nikon F lens mount.  Part one of this Codex article detailed the various Nikon F mount revisions that have occurred through the years.  While there have been numerous modifications to the F mount, it has remained essentially the same mount since its […]

Nikon Non-AI, AI, AI’D, AIS…. oh my. Part 1.

The year 1959 was a pretty momentous year for Nikon.  That was the year they introduced their Nikon F professional SLR and with it the F style mount for their lenses.  Fast forward to today and Nikon continues to use the same F style mount on their current lenses.  That is a pretty impressive accomplishment […]

How to Date your Hasselblad (but not in THAT way)

Ever thought it would be neat to know the year your Hasselblad was born?  Or better yet, its birthday?  Turns out that finding that information is much easier than you might expect. Hasselblad bodies and most film backs have serial numbers that begin with two letters followed by a string of numbers.  To find the […]

Resolving to understand scan resolutions

Resolutions. It seems they are either causing undue amounts of New Year’s-related angst or they are sending photographers into circles of confusion.  Well, we can help you with one of these problems (you’re on your own with that new diet come the new year). Let’s start simple.  When we are talking about the resolution of […]

‘Roid week 2012: celebrating the instant…. right now.

  Forget Poladroid.  Turn off Fauxlaroid.  This week is the time to celebrate instant film itself, the original form of instant gratification.  While Polaroid no longer produces film for our stalwart Land Cameras, SX70s and One Shot 600s; instant film is far from dead and gone.  These days those Automatic Land Cameras and polaroid backs […]

Why film?

  During the course of my daily photographic life, both personally and professionally, it is not uncommon to hear one or more of the following comments or questions: Is that really a film camera? Does it work? You can still get film for that? I thought film was extinct. Why would you want to shoot […]

Flying with film, X-rays, TSA and other fun stuff, Part 2.

Welcome back.  The last time we were here discussed some of the finer points of flying with film, specifically navigating the x-rays of airport security without risking damage to your film.  This week I want to talk about two ways to circumvent airport security (legally of course) altogether: processing out of country and/or shipping film […]

Flying with film, X-rays, TSA and other fun stuff.

Paris.  Rome.  Cairo.  Hong Kong.  So many places to see, so many photographs to be made, right?  Before you can start making photos of all these far off places, you have to get there.  And so does your film. Ironically, with all the changes over the last several years in airport security, my biggest concern […]

Light and time may not be endangered species but we are still always losing them

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”  — George Eastman Simply, this is a glass negative found across the street at the Salvation Army.  If I had to guess I would say it […]

Student cameras – Minolta SRT 101

Minolta SRT 101 Burly and reliable, this early entry in the SRT line is built like a tank.  One of the most important aspects of this camera is its sheer heft – a very popular choice among those who plan (or don’t, hey accidents happen) to put their camera through heavy use.  While we cannot […]

Student cameras – Olympus OM-1

Olympus OM-1 From a design standpoint, the OM-1 is the most unique of the five cameras on this list. Olympus set about redesigning the SLR from the ground up, and with their first entry into the field, they did an excellent job breaking from the rest of the pack. The first important (and most noticeable) […]

Student cameras – Nikon FM

Nikon FM I will admit right from the start, I am biased toward the Nikon FM.  My first SLR was (and still is) a Nikon FM2n.  I love that camera.  I loved it from the beginning and that admiration grew at the same pace I did as a photographer.  Personal bias aside for a moment, […]

Student cameras – Canon AE-1

  Canon AE-1 Perhaps the second most popular student camera after the Pentax K1000, the AE-1 was introduced in the same year and enjoyed a production run of a decade – not too shabby really.  While it is not as simply and elegantly designed as the K1000, the AE-1 is still an easy camera to […]

Student cameras – Pentax K1000

  Pentax K1000 There are few better places to start this list than with the K1000.  The K1000 is often referred to as “The student camera”.  Note the capital “T”.  The K1000 is the embodiment of simplicity.  Originally introduced in 1976, the camera enjoyed a production run lasting until 1997.  This bit of history is […]

Introduction to buying a student camera

Just started that new photography class and your teacher has sent you on a mission to acquire a manual camera?  Or perhaps you’re a parent and your child came home today with a list of camera needs half a page long and you are uncertain of where to start?  The following will be a series […]

HOLY MACKEREL! All systems are go!

Or What the heck is a Codex? Well, we’ve been gone for almost a whole month – did you miss us? We missed you. We are exceptionally excited to be reopened and back in action – renovated, reorganized, lean and mean. So – what are the results of all that banging and clattering behind closed […]