Cocoa Beach Firefighters – 1972

Cocoa Beach, Florida firefighters, May 1972 As part of my college ‘Photographic Documentation’ classes at Hydrospace Technical Institute (a mouthful), I decided to join the Cocoa Beach Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter trainee in the Spring of 1972. The highly trained professionals at the station agreed to train me and allowed me to document their activities for my class. Since Cocoa Beach is so close to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, the firefighters at Cocoa Beach had access to better personal gear (Lexan helmets and other high tech safety equipment) than other departments that were not expected … Continue reading Cocoa Beach Firefighters – 1972

Reflections – 1972

Self portrait at 18 Cocoa Beach, Florida March 1972 Camera:  Yashica TL Electro-X Lens:  Auto Yashinon 50mm f1.7 lens Film:  Kodak Plus X Pan Processing:  Self processed Scanner:  Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Part of a collection of negatives that I shot while at college in South Florida. These have never been printed and have only just recently been ‘found’ again. Wow, 45 years ago! Continue reading Reflections – 1972

Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 & Fujica GW690

Testing our Fujica GW690 medium format camera and Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 film. Captures the details, grays, shadows and textures nicely on this 130 year old brick wall on Centre Street. Processing:  The Darkroom Scanner:  Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film:  Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 Camera:  Fuji Photo Film Fujica GW690 ca.1978 Continue reading Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 & Fujica GW690

Earliest Pentamatic Lenses Found… Yeah!

Nerd heaven! After years of speculation and almost constant searching, we’ve been able to confirm that Tomioka Optical began making lenses for Yashica’s new Pentamatic 35mm SLR camera in the latter part of 1959. The two lenses pictured below confirm (via serial numbers) of an October 1959 start of production. Yashica had filed for a trademark of the name ‘Pentamatic’ in September 1959 (in Japan). Since their new camera used an exclusive mount for its lenses, Yashica designers had to have shared their design with Tomioka as early as the summer (August ?) of 1959. Using the rule of twos, … Continue reading Earliest Pentamatic Lenses Found… Yeah!