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📰 Rock band KISS is finally calling it quits after about 50 years, now that its members are in their 70s! They’re on their farewell tour now. Rabid KISS fans have long been members of their fan club, called KISS Army — which was founded by a couple of teenagers in Terre Haute, Indiana. Mark Bennett, writing for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, has the story. Read Hautean KISS Army founder relishes moment in rock history as band’s finale nears

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Kodak Brownie Starmatic, Kodak Kodacolor-X (x-1/66), LegacyPro L110, Dilution B, 2021

💻 Remember when cars didn’t have cupholders? Remember buying those things that hooked over the doorsill and held a cup? Remember early car cupholders and how strange they were, and fragile they could be? Eric703 tells the history of car cupholders. Read Automotive History: Hold My Drink! The Story Of When Cupholders Became Good

📷 Curled negatives are the bane of film photographers everywhere, because the darned things are hard to load into our scanners. Steven Brokaw shares his experience with a whole bunch of films: do the negatives lay flat? If not, how bad is the curl? Read Film Negatives Should Be Flat

📷 There are three 127 Days each year, where people shoot film in cameras that take 127 Film. J. M. Golding rounds up the best photos from the participants. He published the photos from the last 127 Day this week. Read 127 Day Exhibition – January 27, 2023

📷 Alex Luyckx reviews the Graflex Century 35, a Japanese 35mm rangefinder camera that is a rebadged Kowa Kallo 35. Read Camera Review Blog No. 153 – Kowa Kallo 35 (Graflex Century 35)

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16 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. J P Avatar

    When I was first getting into classic jazz in the 70s, much of it was the province of old men who had been performing for 40+ years, with a few old ladies still singing. They were almost always dressed up on stage, still looking elegant. I remember thinking how ridiculous then-current rockers would look as old men, still trying to be young and rebellious. But here we are, with lots of rockers in their 70s, doing the music they’ve always done. I didn’t understand then that almost everyone feels like they’re 25 years old much of the time, no matter how old we actually are.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, I feel 40, but the same principle applies. I’ll probably feel 40 for the rest of my life — inside. My body, however, not so much.

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        Jim, you’ve got the 40 thing correct…I used to think I felt somewhere between 38-ish and 42-ish. I’m 68, and it still can’t believe my right hand barely works because of a bout of arthritis, instead of just thinking it’s is a sprain that will easily get better…

      2. c. rúnda Avatar
        c. rúnda

        Привіт Джим . А з деяких, з причин, що не підлягають их контролю, набагато раніше. На жаль. …Кайлін

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I just rescued your comment from my Spam filter! Ми не можемо контролювати, як ми старіємо!

          1. c. rúnda Avatar
            c. rúnda

            Можливо, саме там воно належало! Дякую за відповідь. Сподіваюся, у вас все добре, Джим! Як завжди, …Каліна

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    BTW Jim, I appreciate you always keeping me informed of 127 day, a day I always appreciate, but forget about. One day, I’ll find that mint Yashica 44, or baby Rollei, so I can play along. I guess I should have bought that baby Rollei, back in the 80’s, for “nuttin’”, when I saw it in the discount bin of a local camera store that was kind of a Rollei specialist….

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I still use my old Brownie Starmatic for 127 day. Just a fun little camera.

  3. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    Interesting to see the comparison of negative flatness in Steven Brokaw’s post. Tri-X is by far the worst offender I’ve experienced and the only film where I’ve felt forced to wear cotton gloves to position the negatives in the holder. Some expired Tri-X I shot could have been repurposed as high-tensile springs!

    It’s a shame as it’s put me off shooting it a little – I like how it looks and it’s different enough in it’s results from HP5+ to be worthwhile shooting if I have some to hand, but the scanning gives me pause (plus HP5+ is a LOT cheaper than Tri-X here in the UK these days).

    1. Kodachromeguy Avatar

      Are you referring to contemporary Tri-X 400? I haven’t noticed any bothersome curling of 135 or 120 Tri-X film.

      1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

        I’ve noticed it in all the variants I’ve tried (which, to be fair, is just the current version and some expired Tri-X Pan). Maybe developer choice affects it?

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      HP5 lays flat, so I have switched to it, too.

  4. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    BTW folks, aren’t their aftermarket anti-newton ring glass neg holders for most scanners on the market? Talked with one of my scanning pals about this and that’s what they brought up, but I have no knowledge of the accoutrements of scanners?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Probably. I ought to look into it.

  5. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I’ve always liked the story of KISS coming to a small town High School Homecoming in northern Michigan.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh that’s just terrific!

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