Recommended reading

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๐Ÿ’ป One of my favorite blogs has ended after 16 years. Ken Levine is a longtime television writer whose most famous credits include M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier. He wishes his readers well, but still, it feels like one of my favorite TV shows has been canceled. Read Last post

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๐Ÿ’ป Brett and Kate McKay take a fascinating look at what makes a group of people dysfunctional. They use the lens of dysfunctional family systems to do it, and how those family systems run on anxiety. Read The 5 Characteristics of Highly Dysfunctional Groups

๐Ÿ“ท arh finds the most interesting gear! This time he’s reviewing the Agilux Agimatic, a late-1950s 35mm rangefinder camera. Read Agilux Agimatic

๐Ÿ“ท Mike Eckman reviews the Konica FS, an early-1960s 35mm SLR. It could sync to a flash at 1/125 sec., unusually fast for its day. Read Konica FS (1961)

๐Ÿ“ท I’m sure most of us already know, but still, sometimes it’s good to review the fundamentals. Mike Johnston walks us through the fundamentals of focus. Read The Very Basics of Focus

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15 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Scott Bennett Avatar
    Scott Bennett

    I’ll miss Ken’s blog, which I probably found through you. Funny, I much more enjoy reading about the creative process behind TV shows than actually watching the shows themselves.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Right there with you, on both counts.

  2. Kodachromeguy Avatar

    Mike Johnston’s discussions on focus are valuable for the auto-focus generation who never had to think about the process. I think it is valuable to occasionally go back to basics. An analogy might be shifting your own gears in a car.

    1. tbm3fan Avatar

      Yes, the only way to drive a car. It makes you pay way more attention to what you are doing and will have to do so you don’t have time for other distractions.

      1. Kodachromeguy Avatar

        Of course! I bet with manual cars you’d see a bit less of the anus (OK, OK, sorry, the idiot) factor on our highways.

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes. 100%

    3. tbm3fan Avatar

      One other comment on focusing. When I first started at the age of 12 one didn’t concern themselves with focus because one started with basic cameras. Then I got my SRT-101, in 1973, and you had to focus. In 1974 I took a full years photography course at SDSU where you go through everything related to making a picture start to finish. All the techniques I learned there are still with me today and run through my mind every time I take one of my manual cameras out to shoot. Like driving a stick it is natural now.

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    The Konica is interesting. Konica, itself, is interesting. They are kind of like Miranda but they were around a lot longer. However, like Miranda, their Auto Reflex and FS-1 SLR’s, aren’t seen all that much for sale compared to Nikon, Minolta, Canon, and Pentax. The Auto Reflex is a great tank. Hold one in your hands and you’ll see what I mean. I have four of the T’s along with all their lenses obtained over 15 years ago. The other interesting things is that I would assume Minolta was the bigger company back then during the merger of the two. Yet, I guess the loss of that law suit greatly diminished Minolta’s value. Actually when I think of Konica the first thing to my mind is rangefinders.

    1. tbm3fan Avatar

      Sorry, FT-1

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve long been curious about the original Auto Reflex given it could do both full and half frame. I had an Autoreflex T3 and it was a wonderful SLR.

    3. Andy Umbo Avatar
      Andy Umbo

      TBM, glad you “name checked” Miranda…my first precision Japanese camera was the Miranda Sensorex, but both because of a hard to cure shutter capping problem, and the fact thay my employers all had Canikon, I had to let them go…I actually have a few left, and had one “restored” not that long ago, that’s still working. Same deal about “feel”. If you look at the Miranda from the top, they seem to have an oval body that was very, very comfortable in the hand, as well as having a squeeze-able front shutter release and whisper quiet shutter. The Canikons of the era were demonstrably heavier, “squarer” with sharper edges, and more industrial feeling. Miranda was around fairly long with very dependable and adaptable cameras, up until they ended up being sold to their American distributor, who bothced the whole company, as I remember reading deeply on the internet years ago…

  4. Greg Clawson Avatar
    Greg Clawson

    Great assortment this week Jim!
    The McKay’s and Mr. Friedman hit the nail on the head.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That was an especially good article.

  5. Kevin Avatar

    I first came across Ken Levine’s blog through your site a couple of years ago. His blog, along with yours, became a part of my daily internet ritual. Sad to see it end, as I enjoy 70’s-80’s era TV and am an Orioles fan from way back (although I didn’t enjoy his occasional political posts nearly as much). You’re right, in that it feels like a favorite TV show has been cancelled…and since I don’t really have any first-run TV favorites right now, this is truly the equivalent of that.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I think for many of us, the Internet has replaced some or all of what TV used to do for us.

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