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📷 Alyssa Chiarello makes an interesting point: during this time of isolation and quarantine, we photographers have an obligation to document what’s happening around us. Read 5 Photobooks for the Quarantine Life

Snow parking
Nikon N90s, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor, Eastman Double-X 5222, Rodinal 1+50, 2020

💻 Casey, Illinois, is a National Road town I’ve written about here. Jason Shafer shares what’s become its claim to fame: it has several things that are the world’s largest. Read Roadside Attractions: Casey, Illinois – The Land Where Everything is BIGGER

💻 Matthew Inman‘s The Oatmeal had its 10th anniversary recently. Along the way he’s learned a lot about what it is to be creative. A fascinating and humorous read. Read Eight marvelous and melancholy things I’ve learned about creativity

💻 Coronavirus can make us stronger as a society if we let it, says Scott Galloway. Read Corona as Vaccine

💻 Struggling to pay the rent thanks to the pandemic? Jeff Minch gives practical advice for working with your landlord. Read WutangCurse Real Estate Implications


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This week, a few posts from photobloggers who are figuring out how to do interesting and fun things while we’re all in isolation against COVID-19.

📷 In the UK, Gerald Greenwood took a walk in a cemetery with his Nikon F100 and some Ferrania P30 film. Read Self Isolating at Brookwood Cemetery with Film Ferrania P30

Homes in Lockerbie
Pentax ES II, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar, Kodak Ektar 100, 2015

📷 In France, Yuri Rasin is looking through his old images for ones that spark a smile. Read Passing the Torch

📷 In the US, Mike Eckman is continuing to write his epic camera reviews, coronavirus be damned. Read Aries Radar-Eye

📷 In the UK, Peter Barton gives some wise advice for isolating without being isolated. Read Working from home

📷 In the US, James Tocchio has been quite sick, though not with the coronavirus, and has been homebound. Here are some photographic projects he’s undertaken to pass the time. Read Quarantined? Here Are Five Photography Projects You Can Do From Home!

📷 Stuck on a working ship off the Gulf of Mexico thanks to the virus, Norwegian Roy Karlsvik decided to fix his Leica M6. Read The internal innards of the M6


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💻 I love memoir. Shawna Lemay shares a lovely bit of hers as she reflects on the place Bruce Springsteen music has had in her life, as she lived her life. Read A Year with Springsteen

South Bend Chocolate Cafe
Olympus Stylus, Eastman Double-X 5222, 2017

💻 We Midwesterners are not risk takers. Aaron Renn says that’s what makes Pete Buttigieg’s bid for the White House a great example for us, even though he didn’t make the cut. Read Pete Buttigieg and the Importance of Being in the Game

📷 Paul Lovell looks at an odd-duck 35mm point-and-shoot camera meant for construction sites, the Fuji Work Record. Read Fuji Work Record

📷 Aaron Gold reviews the frustrating yet lovable Nikon Nikomat FT2. Read Nikomat FT2 review: Because photography isn’t complicated enough


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📷 Compact point-and-shoot 35mm cameras are popular again, and Lorraine Healy reviews an obscure one: the Pentax 90WR. Read Pentax 90WR review

📷 I like little German rangefinder cameras like the Zeiss Ikon Contessamat SE that Alex Luyckx reviewed this week. Read Camera Review Blog No. 117 — Zeiss Ikon Contessamat SE

Byrd Creek Bridge
Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK, Fujicolor 200, 2011.

📷 Roy Karlsvik shares his impressions of the simple but capable half-frame Olympus Pen EE-3. Read Some thoughts around the Olympus Pen EE-3

📷 Fomapan 400 and Kentmere 400 are two fast but low-cost black-and-white films. Simon King compares them. Read Battle of the Budgets: Fomapan 400 & Kentmere 400

📰 In The Atlantic, Andrew Ferguson profiles Purdue University president (and former Indiana governor) Mitch Daniels, who has frozen tuition for the last seven years. It makes Purdue one of the great bargains in college education. Read The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition


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💻 The competition in razor blades is … cutthroat. The FTC is even blocking mergers among razor companies. Ben Thompson has a take on this fascinating story. Read Email Addresses and Razor Blades

Kodak Duaflex II, Kodak Kodacolor II, 1982

💻 If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of input the world is dumping on you, Seth Godin advises you to narrow your focus. Read Overwhelmed is a choice

💻 Paul Niedermeyer found a near-mint 1977 VW Beetle parked in a driveway. That was the last year for the Beetle in the US. It led him to write a little about this little car’s history. Read Curbside Classic: 1977 VW Beetle — The Fuel-Injected End of the Road for the Beetle

📷 Have you ever thought about making photography your vocation? Dave Jenkins did it and he advises you to think twice. Read A Life in Photography: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

📷 Alex Luyckx reviews Kodak HC-110, a black-and-white film developer that makes black-and-white film look like it’s supposed to. Read Developer Review Blog No. 02 — Kodak HC-110


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All camera reviews this week!

📷 Nicholas Middleton reviews the Voigtländer Vito B, commenting on its place in 35mm camera history. Read Voigtländer Vito B

Mini Speed Graphic
Yashica-12, Spiratone close-up kit, Kodak Tri-X 400, Rodinal 1+50, 2019.

📷 Paul Lovell looks at a 1980s Olympus point-and-shoot with two separate lenses. Read Olympus Infinity Twin

📷 Alyssa Chiarello profiles a Fujica SLR that helps her feel connected to her father. Read The Fujica ST801 and My Dad’s Birthday

📷 Bill Smith briefly profiles the Zorki 4. Read Well Hi There Comrade, the Zorki 4 Rangefinder

📷 James Tocchio puts a popular point-and-shoot Konica through its paces. Read Konica Tomato and Konica Pop 10 Review

📷 Mike Eckman looks at the KMZ Iskra, a folding medium-format camera. Read KMZ Iskra (1960)

📷 Stephen Dowling reaches back into the 1930s to look at the Leica Standard, a sort-of budget Leica. Read Kosmopedia: Leica Standard