Recommended reading

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💻 I first heard Spike Jones’s music on The Doctor Demento Show in the early 1980s. He was an early song parodist who also created some original funny songs. Somewhere around here I have a 78 RPM record of “The Jones Laughing Record,” which begins with a few bars of “The Flight of the Bumblebee,” followed by an inadvertent sneeze, followed by two and a half minutes of the band laughing. Anyway, J. P. Cavanaugh tells Spike’s story. Read Spike Jones – Myrthful Murderer of Music

Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis
Pentax ME SE, 35mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-A, Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow, HC-110 B, 2022.

📷 Sonny Rosenberg loaded some Rollei Retro 80s film into his Canon IVSb2 rangefinder and documented some of the old Lincoln Highway as it passes through Reno, Nevada. Read August 8, Up and Down the Old Lincoln Highway

📷 John Margetts looks at the Soho Model B, a collapsing but non-folding camera made out of Bakelite from the mid-1930s. It takes “any 6×9 cm film.” Strange! Read Soho Model B

📷 Is there a particular film camera you love and wouldn’t want to do without? Get another one, says Johnny Martyr. Read Twins Are Even Better

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18 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Nice set from Sonny Rosenberg! One doesn’t usually get such nice results from 35mm on architectural subjects, but plenty to like here.

    Plus one for J.P.’s look at Spike Jones too, A fun weekend rabbit hole to go down if your looking for amusement!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes, that was an especially nice set by Sonny. I don’t often share photo posts here, I like to share things to read, but that was a good set.

  2. Kodachromeguy Avatar

    I like Martyr’s idea of double bodies. But for me, I rarely use two film stocks on an outing. I have two A12 backs for my Hasselblad, but go out with one of them loaded with black and white or color. Mixing two media on one outing jumbles my brain.

    However, I have a handsome little Leica IIIC, my dad’s from 1949. I think a IIIG may be calling me…..

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I frequently load one camera with color and another with b/w for an outing. I do that a lot at car shows. It is kind of annoying when the two cameras are different because of the cognitive load of switching them. I have two Pentax MEs now, one regular and one SE, and they might be a great choice when I do this.

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    I am going to have to try that Rollie film with an orange filter for some even more dramatic contrast which I like.

    While I have many duplicates, if not triplets, I have never bought the same two out at the same time. However, I many times bring two cameras out with one loaded with color and the other B&W.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I do one camera with color and another with b/w at car shows. Not too much otherwise. Now that I own two Pentax MEs, maybe that’s the right camera to take along when I do that!

  4. sonny rosenberg Avatar

    I always look forward to Recommended Reading and I have to say I was surprised to see my article mentioned! Thanks so much for the mention!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

  5. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    All good pieces, though I’ve wondered how you decide what to share. What’s your criteria?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Maybe I’ll write a longer article about it someday, but the short of it is that I follow a lot of blogs, and when I find an article that is interesting to me and I think may be interesting to people here, I add it to the week’s Recommended Reading. It’s as simple as that.

  6. Rick Bell Avatar
    Rick Bell

    Growing up I had a Spike Jones 45 with “Who stole the Keeshka on one side and Portki on the other. Remembering them is testament to the many times I played both sides! Lol!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Wore it out, eh?

  7. Steve Mitchell Avatar

    Johnny Martyr is right! I have quite a few different cameras, but I have settled on Contax 139Q as my main 35mm camera – bought my first one in 1984 and now have four in rotation shared with my wife. Over the years I have been able to acquire quite a few useful accessories and lenses, and as I know the camera like the back of my hand, shooting is always a pleasure. Same with Medium format – I was given a Mamiya RZ67 and a couple of lenses, and then had the opportunity to pick up another, with five lenses, at a good price. So almost all my photography is done with those two systems, and I am free of any desire to look for something better!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh man, the Contax 139Q! One of those is on my short list of must-try cameras.

      1. Steve Mitchell Avatar

        If you get a good one it will spoil you for life. Lovely camera, Ziess glass, what’s not to like!

      2. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        Having owned a Contax and 25mm, 35mm, and 85mm Zeiss back in the 80’s, I can say without any problem that those lenses were the best I’ve ever used for 35mm. Since I did so little 35mm, I got rid of everything, but have to say if I had kept them, I would have bought a few S2b’s and called it a day!

  8. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    Your church photo is really great.
    I can’t afford a twin for my Nikon F6, but the F100 is not a bad younger brother.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! More from that roll is coming up in a couple weeks.

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