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💻 You hear people label others as “toxic” – a toxic family, a toxic workplace. Stewie asks us to see beyond that and look for the unmet needs that drive the behavior. He also clarifies that we shouldn’t excuse the behavior. But in short, labeling others as toxic dehumanizes them. Read Stop Calling People Toxic

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Keystone XR-308, unknown film, 1984.

📷 Dario Veréb found an old Keystone XR-308 110 camera recently and found out, as I did when I bought one new in the 80s, that it is pretty crappy. Read The Keystone Everflash XR308 and My First Time Shooting 110 Film

📷 The Petri Flex 7 is a funky-looking 35mm SLR from the mid 1960s. It has some quirky usage, which John Margetts details in his review. Read Petri Flex 7

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14 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    I’m always surprised that people spend any time with 110 cameras at all! I’ve never seen a decent photo out of any of them, including the high-end rangefinder versions. The beginning of Kodak’s journey to find out how crappy an image people would actually accept, only to be superseded by the “disc” camera, which was truly horrible. I consider these cameras to be the driving force behind the Japanese taking over the market with auto-load, auto-exposure 35mm point-and-shoots. Compared to 110 and disc cameras, a well exposed 35mm frame of film was like looking at the output of a large format view camera!

    • They were fine for family snapshots and the like. Really. And the smaller of them were so easy to carry. That was my 110 camera’s great draw on my trip to Germany: I had a case that slipped through my belt, and that light camera felt like nothing on my hip but was always ready.

  2. Interesting take on the toxic people concept. I don’t really use that term much but hear it thrown around a lot. It does dehumanize but that’s sort of what we want when someone else makes us miserable. I have a coworker who is so negative and snotty almost every day that she’s the mental equivalent of drinking bleach. As hard as I try, I cannot understand why she’s that way. Maybe someday I’ll snap and ask her. :)

  3. In the 1970s, the 110 cartridge was very popular in the West Indies as it was much cheaper than 35. My uncles shot a lof 110 (and Polaroid) but my dad bought into 35mm. It no longer works but I have his Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SP II with SMC Takumar 50mm F1.4. I don’t think anyone in the family kept their 110 cameras. Dad usually preferred things (cars and electronics) made in Japan or Europe over things made in the USA.

  4. Greg Clawson says:

    I have a Pentax Auto 110 with two lenses I bought at the Ft Bragg PX in 1982. It took nice photos for its size, just snapshots of army buddies, helicopters, and such.
    I still have it, and it still works. I need to buy some 110 film and try it again.

  5. Andy Umbo says:

    Of course, the main fault of the 110 camera, as well as the 126 cameras (which I loved, BTW, must be the square), was the cartridge did not offer precision film flatness, nor a precise location in the film plane/focus path. Variations at this point effect film sharpness exponentially. Successful sub-miniature film cameras like the Minox (and I believe the Minolta16), had the film open between the cartridge ends, so it could be squeezed between a camera mounted pressure plate and the film plane, resulting in a more precise placement. Made all the difference!

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