Recommended reading

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💻 In the software/IT/tech industry, in which I work, the largest group of non-American-born workers are from India. I didn’t get it for a long time that I was seeing overwhelmingly Indians from the highest two castes. It’s intensely hard for Indians from lower castes to break in because of caste prejudice. Those who manage to get in often experience poor treatment from higher-caste Indians. Kevin Drum touches on this. Read Caste bigotry is alive and well in Silicon Valley

Yashica-D, Ilford FP4 Plus, LegacyPro L110 Dilution B, 2020

💻 As a longtime blogger, I like reading a good navel-gaze about one’s blog. Ted Shideler has written one as his blog turns one. Read My blog turned one! Here’s what to expect in its second year.

💻 Marcus Peddle shares a few lovely photos from a place called Seorak Mountain in Korea. Read A Morning Trip to Seorak Mountain

📷 Julian Tanase remembers Efke 25, a Croatian film that was very silvery. I planned to shoot some and then the factory shut down and that was that. Read Efke 25 – the Long Gone Silver Film

📷 Rose LaCroix takes a quick look at the Kodak Signet 35, a camera that is on my short must-try list. Read The Most Atompunk Camera

📷 Mike Eckman sure finds the most obscure cameras. Here he’s unearthed a 1966 SLR from a minor brand — and it takes 126 cartridge film. Read Keystone K1020 SLR (1966)

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8 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    Thank you for the mention, Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Used a few rolls of Efke back in the old days, and no matter what speed, I think they were certainly all silver rich beyond anything available from Kodak in the same period of time. I do remember having some random emulsion tearing and coating problems, tho, which made it sort of unacceptable for professional work. Still, you’d think there’d be a place for some sub asa 100 film in todays hipster film market?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve shot only one roll of Efke, the ISO 100 emulsion, and I didn’t fall in love. But I wasn’t developing my own film back then and I’m not sure the lab got the development right.

      Not a bad point about a sub-100 film today. There’s Ilford Pan F, at ISO 50. It’s a fussy film though.

      1. Kodachromeguy Avatar

        I think Pan F is the last traditional slow speed film left. Panatomic-X rolls sell for serious prices, and you need to be suspicious of the storage over the years.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I just don’t love Pan F. It requires pretty precise exposure and developing to look good. Moving on!

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    The Signet 35 has a 4 element Ektar while the 40 has a 4 element Ektanar. However, the 35 has a Synchro 300 for a max speed of 1/300 while the 40 has a Synchro 400 with a max speed of 1/400. Very similar cameras. I have both.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I owned a 40 for a while and liked it. I’ve owned two 35s so far, both of them broken. They seem to be hard to find in working condition.

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