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Recommended reading

💻 The show Saturday Night Live is hot right now. It’s been hot and not several times in its long history that stretches back to the 1970s. But the Internet era has changed how its popularity is measured. In short, who watches it on NBC at 11:30 anymore? Television writer Ken Levine explores this topic. Read The ninth or tenth resurgence of SNL

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Voigtländer Vito II, Kodak Plus-X, 2015

💻 Paul Niedermeyer writes about the Muntz Jet, a frog-eyed but otherwise attractive sporty car from the 1950s, made and marketed by “Mad Man” Earl Muntz. Muntz was probably better known for the inexpensive televisions he made back then. Read Automotive History: 1949-1954 Muntz Jet – “I Buy Them At Retail And Sell Them At Wholesale”

📷 Christopher May made a couple truly lovely images of a passing BNSF train and tells the story of getting those images. I love it when people tell the stories behind their images! Read One Image, One Story: Evening Autorack

📷 I’m drawn to medium-format folding cameras. arh found a nice one with a rangefinder, in its original box. Read Balda Baldinette

📷 John picked up a Voigtländer Vito II with a history that he knew about, including photographs made with it back in the day. Some of those photos were made in Devon in southwest England, and so he took it back to Devon to make more photographs. Read A Trip Down Memory Lane (via Devon) with the Voigtländer Vito II

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6 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    I’m another medium format folder aficionado! Great read on the Balda. You also can’t fault the beauty and utile quality of the Voigtlander 35mm folder. Most all these cameras, both 35mm and 120, were better deals back in the 80’s when there were still national repair places that could easily source bellows for these. Not so much today! If you buy one of these on eBay, you pray the bellows are light tight, or you’re in for a expensive and heroically long search for someone to fix.

    • I’d love to get the bellows replaced on my two MF folders. That Certo6 guy can do it, and I’ve emailed him about it, but he never bothered to respond.

      • Andy Umbo says:

        I know a guy that bought a camera from him and it was “like new” after he repaired it and still works great today…I know pre-pandemic, he had a lot more stuff on his site and was doing a lot of stuff, but his site and cameras to sell looks bare today…hope he’s not “gone”…

        • tbm3fan says:

          I have two from him that he restored. One a Billy Record 6×9 with Solinar and green bellows. Then a Zeiss with Tessar 105mm f3.5 black bellows 6×9. Including the correct leather cases. Beautiful cameras.

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