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December 14, 2019
Lubitel 166B

The Lubitel 166B is a medium format camera that uses 120 film and takes 6x6 frames. There are 5 versions of the camera, with the 166B being the second to last. The original design was a Soviet copy of the Voigtländer Brillant. The Lubitels were manufactured by LOMO. (Leningradskoye Optiko-Mekhanicheskoye Obyedinenie, which translates to 'Leningrad […]

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December 13, 2019
What Is Balsam Separation And Can A Lens Be Repair?

Balsam separation is used to describe lens elements that have started to delaminate. The description was originally specific to Canada balsam. However, also applies to modern lenses that use various epoxies. What balsam separation looks like will depend on the lens coatings. It most commonly looks like a white or reflected rainbow halo around a […]

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December 5, 2019
What is the Difference Between Close Up, Macro, & Micro Photography?

The differences between close up, macro, and micro photography are based on image magnification. Increasing magnification moves an image from being considered a close up, to macro, and then to micro. What is Close Up Photography? Close up photos are taken at magnification ratios between 0.1x and 1x. Put another way, the object being photographed […]

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December 5, 2019
JIS vs Phillips Screwdrivers

Stripping a screw can end your repair. The most common cause of a stripped screw head is from using the wrong screwdriver. For cameras, lenses, and other products made in Japan, the cause is from using a Phillips screwdriver on a JIS cross point screw. (Japanese Industrial Standards) At a quick glance, JIS screw heads […]

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December 5, 2019
Best Nikon D200 Memory Cards

The maximum size Compact Flash memory card you can use in the Nikon D200 is 32GB. The size limitation comes from the D200's use of the FAT32 file system. This is the file system the camera will use when formatting a card. You may be able to use larger cards, but they will be limited […]

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November 30, 2019
The 10 Best Light Meters in 2020

Checking and adjusting settings based on what you see on your camera screen is not professional. If you're doing analog photography, checking your screen is not an option. A light meter is an important tool for photographers, videographers, and cinematographers. Without a light meter you're not going to be able to accurately recreate lighting setups. […]

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November 25, 2019
ETTL vs TTL Flash, What's the Difference?

All of the jargon used in flash photography can be difficult for to understand. Knowing what acronyms means will make it easier to understand the technical aspects of using a camera flash. This explanation will focus on Canon Speedlites, which what Canon calls their flashes. You may also see them refered to as Speedlights, which […]

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November 22, 2019
Best Nikon D100 Memory Cards

The memory cards the Nikon D100 can use are limited based on the camera's firmware. A 2GB CompactFlash card is the maximum capacity card you can use. If your D100 has firmware version 2.0, you can use up to a 4GB card. Directions on how to check your camera firmware are below. My recommendation for […]

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November 21, 2019
5 of the Best Used DSLRs Under $200 in 2019

The best camera under $200 is going to be a used camera. Generally, the newer the camera, the better it will be. eBay prices are going to be used as a reference point for prices. You can also look on Amazon or other used camera stores. You can also find deals at garage sales, Facebook […]

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November 1, 2019
Canon EOS 650 - The First EOS Camera

The Canon EOS 650 was the first camera released that used the Canon EF mount. Canon sold the EOS 650 from 1987-1989, when it was replaced by the Canon EOS 600. Price & Where to Buy A Canon EOS 650 camera body can usually be found on eBay for less than $40. If a lens […]

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