Minolta XG-7: The underdog SLR?

I've said quite loudly here that I'm not looking to acquire any more cameras anytime soon. But I do still keep an eye out for what I call my "Catch and Release" program: Find a cheap but working camera, test with a roll or two of film, and if it passes, package it with a... Continue Reading →


Sakura. Chidori-ga-fuchi, Kitanomaru Park at Chiyoda-ku in Tokyo. From flickr user Yoshikazu TAKADA (Creative commons license.) Hello folks! As you read this blog post, I'm in the process of heading to Japan. JAPAN! In all my forty-seven-and-a-half years I've only been on the continent of North America and have only visited the US (of course)... Continue Reading →

March 2023 Art Update: Pencils!

From top to bottom:-Rotring 600-Uni Kuru Toga Roulette-Blick Premier Mechanical Pencil-Muji Low Center Gravity-Zebra Techo TS-3 Mini Mechanical Pencil Like many artists who work in an analog, one-dimensional format, pencils have always been part of my art kit. I sketch things out with them, then ink over it. I haven't really used pencils as a... Continue Reading →

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