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Bubble Level
San Jose, California, USA
Jamie Zucek lives in California and enjoys film and digital photography, collecting and shooting vintage and modern cameras whenever he can.
Interests: photography, film, Nikon, Polaroid
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I have migrated this blog over to a new platform. If you have the domain bookmarked then you are totally fine. If you are reading this via an RSS feed or using the domain then please go to the above site and update your bookmark and/or rss reader... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Sunny Sixteen
Zenit TTL, Helios 44M 58mm f/2, Kodak Portra 160 So far I am greatly enjoying using the Zenit TTL. I love it's design which I find to be rugged and simple. The Zenit TTL is a 35mm SLR from the early 1980's with a M42 (aka Pentax aka Praktica) lens... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Sunny Sixteen
The camera I hinted at last time is the Zenit TTL, specifically the edition commemorating the Games of the XXII Olympiad. The 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow and Zenit sold a souvenir flavor of their top film SLR for several years later. So far this camera is a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Sunny Sixteen
Guess who? (And from what camera?) It was a busy holiday season for us as always, though this year was particularly packed for some reason. I am just coming out of the trailing edge of seasonal activity and thinking once again about photography. So Happy New Year to everyone! Better... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Sunny Sixteen
Thanks! I usually scan using my Nikon 5000 and VueScan software. Sometimes I use lab scans if I am in a rush. I do rough color correction in VueScan, but I do my editing and finer corrections and cleanup in Lightroom. I love my FA, it is a great camera if you want to shoot manual lenses yet let the camera choose the exposure for you. Its meter is great, almost as good as the F100 especially if you are shooting negative film. The F100 is a bit better in challenging lighting, especially with slide film. And the F6 is even a bit better but that is really starting to split hairs. I think the F100/F6 meters will most clearly perform better than the FA with back-lighting or using balanced automatic fill flash (if you want that...).
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2014 on 12 of 17 Signs at Sunny Sixteen
Close up of my (defunct) Praktica MTL5 I have been so enamored with my Pentax Spotmatic that I wanted to try another M42 mount camera. The M42 mount is often called either the Pentax screw mount or the Praktica screw mount for the two cameras that arguably had the most... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
My trusty Nikon FA... I think the Sony A7r looks more like it than the Nikon Df I shoot plenty of digital photography with my D300, mostly of family things like kids sports or school events. But for other purposes I still shoot film; I haven't yet found a digital... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Pentax Spotmatic, KMZ Mir-1B 37/2.8, Kodak Portra 400 This has to be the most extreme example of lens flare that I have personally achieved in a photograph. Even J.J. Abrams would be proud! I see at least a dozen distinct flare elements, and that is counting the stars as just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Rollei 35S, Rollei Retro 80s I made it into KEH's Photos of the Month for October with the above shot. This tree is in a park where our boys have tennis lessons nearly every Sunday. I have taken shots of it before, but this time the framing and lighting/shadows worked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Hi, Obtain will equal "purchase" for most folks, unless you have a friend with one. Sorry that I did not repeat the link from the first section, I have purchased my targets from Wolf Faust in Germany: You can either use a printed ("reflective") color target or a color slide color target. If you use the former you need to take a picture of a 4x6 print with your film camera and if you use the latter you need to use a macro lens to take a 1:1 picture of the slide.
Pentax Spotmatic, KMZ Industar-50-2 50/3.5 (wide open), Kodak Portra 400 The first soviet lens I have been trying out is an Industar-50-2 made by KMZ. KMZ was one of the most prolific of the soviet camera and lens manufacturers, and the Industar-50-2 was one of their more common lenses. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
UV rejuvination in progress There is a curious phenomenon which affects some older lenses as they age: the cement used to bond glass elements together can turn yellow. While comparing two of my recently acquired M42 lenses with each other, a 50/1.4 Super-Takumar to a 58/2 Helios-44-2, I was puzzled... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Pentax Spotmatic, Asahi Super-Takumar 50/1.4, Kodak BW400CN Today my Dear Sweet Wife and I celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary. I took the above photo of my DSW using my first M42 lens, an Asahi (Pentax) Super-Takumar 50/1.4 shot wide open. It was just one of two shots taken for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
The majority of Spotmatic controls are right here After a few weeks playing with my Pentax Spotmatic camera I find shooting it a blast. It is a fully manual SLR with typical layout of the controls. You won't find much more on this camera than shutter speed dial & release,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
While I use a variety of film cameras, my SLRs and interchangeable lenses so far have been mostly Nikon. I wanted to branch out and try an older interchangeable lens system and decided on the M42 mount. There is some pretty nice M42 glass with unique aesthetics, often available at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Nikon F100, Fuji Velvia 50 You have heard of his cat. But have you heard his stance on proper tripod use? Google is celebrating Erwin Schrödinger's birthday today with their doodle. Schrödinger's famous cat paradox has been used to illustrate the limitations of practical interpretations of quantum mechanics for almost... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Nikon FA, Nikkor AF 85mm/1.8 D, Kodak Portra 400 Consider yourself an analog photographer? Take a spin through this list and see how many items you can identify or honestly claim to have used. I was able to recognize 12 of the 17 items. I think a few were not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Nikon FA, Nikkor Ai-S 50/1.8, Kodak Portra 400 We spent some time in southern California earlier this summer, on the beach or at the poolside. It was mostly just family fun, but we did enjoy a few sunset photography opportunities. Even though we headed south right after last school year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
I have read lots of doom and gloom about the recent major changes to Flickr. However I have to say that I am personally a fan of the new tile view. In fact I was inspired enough to clean up the mess that my collections and sets had become. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Nikon F6, Nikkor AF 50mm/1.8, Kodak Portra 400 We caught an Indiana Jones exhibit at the Discovery Science Center in the spring. It was a blast seeing many original props and costumes from the Indiana Jones series of movies which are some of our all-time favorites. The lights were pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Nikon D300, AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Here is another of my shots from my Europe trip back in 2010. After my stay in Oslo I had business for one day in the outskirts of London. I took a day off to walk around London a bit and I started out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Yashica Electro 35 CC, Ilford FP4 Plus Our 4-year old has been on the sidelines watching his big brother play soccer last fall and most recently baseball this spring. That won't last for very long as they are both signed up for soccer this next season. Summer is here with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Nikon SB-30 Flash (Yes, you mount a flash upside-down on a Rollei 35) From day to day I may go between handful of different film cameras, but there is almost always just one flash that I take with me. The compact little Nikon SB-30 Speedlight is a true gem of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Yashica Electro 35 CC, Ilford HP5 Plus Here is another B&W shot from my Yashica. This was taken when my DSW and I took our first clay spinning class at Higher Fire in San Jose, California this past Fall. We had such a blast taking the class (the "2 people,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen
Nikon F6, Nikkor AF-D 35-105mm/3.5-4.5, Kodak Porta 400 Happy Easter, and good egg hunting! Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at Sunny Sixteen