February 19, 2018

"Medium Format" is a term used in photography to describe a category of cameras, and the film they use, which is larger than 35mm but smaller than 4 by 5 inches, which is the starting size of large format photography. 

The common denominator for medium fo...

February 9, 2018

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January 31, 2018

First in our series from the weird and wonderful files comes the Spinshot 35s panoramic camera.  Perhaps "weird" is not the best moniker, because in its day it was an innovative approach to panoramic film photography, but looking back, this camera is in a category by i...

January 30, 2018

The Mamiya "Press" is a line of medium-format rangefinder cameras produced by Mamiya in Japan from 1960 to the early 70s, and targeted at the professional press photography market,

The camera went through several model iterations in its relatively brief lifeti...

January 25, 2018

Determining the age of most Hasselblads is generally a more interesting process than with most camera brands. Where most cameras have a sequential serial number which usually has no special built-in meaning, and which requires a table associating ranges of serial numbe...

January 23, 2018

"Zeiss Bumps" are hard bumps that appear under the leather covering of vintage cameras.. These greenish bumps "grow" over time, the result of a build-up of a hard, waxy chemical substance. produced when copper rivets on the camera body react with adhesives and moisture...

January 22, 2018

The Rolleiflex Automat Model 3, also known as type K4B2, is a medium format TLR film camera manufactured by Franke & Heidecke in Braunschweig, Germany.  It was produced between 1945-1949. The Automat gets its name from the introduction of an automatic film counter in 1...

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Our Contributors

Mark Sawyer

Mark is a large format and wet plate expert. He is former president of the Western Photographic Historical Society

Lee is a black-to-white documentary and lifestyle photographer, and founder of B2W Photography

Katie contributes to B2W as a fine art photographer, and writer for Learn articles