VIDEO // "Ruhrgebiet 1959" Book Review

by Ulrich Mack

In this episode, we take a look at "Ruhrgebiet 1959" by Ulrich Mack and Hans-Michael Koetzle (ed.) which was published in 2009 by the Munich-based publisher Moser. The book is limited to 400 copies - all of which are signed by Ulrich Mack himself. Most importantly, the book uses the Skia photography print technique by Dieter Kirchner which comes with particularly dark blacks and a fascinating tonal range. If you are interested, the book can still be found here:

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REVIEW // HILLVALE Holiday Film & Canon A1

by Damien Woods

First Review post for 2019 has WECC Member Damien Woods sharing the brilliance of Hillvales latest Film stock….HOLIDAY



"I recently travelled to Scandinavia a few months ago and naturally bought a few extra rolls for my trip. Discovering Hillvale Lab in Melbourne had recently released their latest 'Holiday' stock, I got online a ordered a few rolls. Below are a number of samples I shot whilst travelling in Norway to Svartisen Glacier. With unpredictable weather conditions throughout Scandinavia we were blessed with sunshine that day. Shooting on my only working Canon A1 (1 out of 3) and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 SSC. With toasty warm colour saturation, a hint of fog in some shots, solar flares. I felt like this was the perfect film. I try to pick the film for what I'm shooting, I was glad my camera was loaded with Holiday."


36 Exposures

  • Daylight-Balanced Color Negative Film

  • ISO 200/24° in C-41 Process

  • Fine Grain and High Sharpness

  • Wide Exposure Latitude

  • Film Stock Manufacture: Fujifilm C200 ???


Damien Woods, photographer (analog)


GEAR REVIEW // LEICA SL2 by Jono Slack

The Leicaflex SL and SL2 were manufactured by Leica in Wetzlar from 1968 to 1976, they are reputed to be the best made cameras in the history of photography. Despite being around twice the price of the equivalent Nikon F2 Photomic, Leica nevertheless made a loss on every camera produced.

In 1976 production was stopped, and the next R mount camera was the R3, which was based on the Minolta XE–1/XE–7 camera, this was first built in Wetzlar, and later in Portugal. Leica had been doing research on auto-focus for about 20 years and the project was called Correfot, the first prototypes were based around the Leicaflex SL2, later ones around the R3 and R4 (as an interesting side note, 5 Correfot prototypes were sold in the Westlicht auction on Dec. 5, 2009, Lot # 229 which sold for €50K). However Leica didn’t see a future in AF, and sold the technology to Minolta, who, in 1985 brought out the Minolta Maxxum 7000: the worlds first autofocus camera.

This August Andreas Kaufmann posted a photograph on Facebook of Lenny Kravitz shooting with a Leicaflex SL, I thought this was delightfully oblique, and it prompted me to buy a Leicaflex SL2 secondhand at a very modest price, it’s wonderfully made and just lovely to use, and my 41 year old beauty is still working perfectly.

Of course, the Leica SL might also be construed as Leica S L(ight), and the new camera does indeed take full advantage of the 7 years of in house development and interface design of the Leica S cameras. Added to which, Leica will provide an adapter which provides AF with S lenses.

I’m afraid that I’m as hooked on photographic forums and social media as many photographers. One of the special pleasures for me is to read the rumours about new camera introductions when I already know the truth; sometimes it’s really hard to stop oneself from making comments!


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When it comes to gear versus experiences, I definitely err on the side of the experience. You can place too much emphasis on having the best gear and not the most enjoyable gear. While I take my photography very seriously, it comes in second place to taking in the world around me.

That's where this tripod comes in. It's a full-sized, but tiny and lightweight tripod and it's able to fit in my day backpack so I don't have to carry it on my shoulder or with my hand.

The best thing about it is it's price. I bought it for only a little over $100 AUD. At that price, it's far cheaper than a similarly sized professional mini-tripod, especially the carbon fiber kind.


It's tiny, at only 40cm when fully retracted which means it'll fit in most moderately sized backpacks. It weighs only 1kg which makes it easy to pack into your bag and forget about on the trail.

And at 165cm, it's maximum height is quite impressive for such a small and comparatively cheap tripod. It's definitely great for those on a budget who also want an extremely portable but full height tripod for those sneaky landscapes (like me).


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GEAR REVIEW // SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 Art Series–Is it really That Great?

by Ron Martinsen

Last December I was floored so much by the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series lens that I declared it “The best SIGMA I’ve ever tested”. When I first put the new 50mm Art Series in my hands this past January at CES, I knew that this wasn’t just another SIGMA – this was a lens that was going to get some attention.

With an outstanding build quality that makes you think Zeiss instead of SIGMA, people immediately started to try to compare this lens to the instant legendary Zeiss Otus 55m f/1.4 – the sharpest lens I’ve ever tested. However, would this $949 lens not only blow away its Canon and Nikon equivalents, but would it also give the $3990 Otus a run for its money?

SIGMA was generous enough to let me borrow this lens for two weeks so I could give it some real world testing and see what I think. While I wish I had more time with it, I think I’ve got a handle on what you get with this lens, so read on to see what I think.

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In the post today I received Dan Winters much talked about book 'ROAD TO SEEING'. What a wonderful publication, it really is as good as they say. It has so much to say and I for one am very thankful for the effort. Cheers Dan. David Hobby from was the man who put me onto this grand publication and his words below I feel are a great way to be introduced the Book ...

I am at a loss for a quick way to describe Dan Winters' just-shipped book, Road to Seeing. That's because it defies nearly any category of photo book I have seen to date. It's nearly 700 pages long, and is far and away the deepest journey into the photographic process I have ever read. It includes technique, but in the context of the journey covered in this book technique is almost an afterthought. And appropriately so. Best way I can put it: Road to Seeing is not so much a book as it is a mentor-ship.


Part of me wants to do the standard run-though of Road to Seeing, to give an idea of its breadth and depth. To talk about the huge number of images it contains—only about half of which were shot by Winters himself. About how it is a wonderfully detailed manual—a personal journal, even?—of one man's life path to becoming of on the greatest illustrative portraitists of his generation.


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Words by David Hobby | Images Simon P M Johnson iPhone

Hasselblad 500C by JESSE STRUYVELT

It's the entrance level SLR film Hasselblad as of today. From the outside it has almost the same looks as the 500C/M, 503CW/CX. It's sturdy, it's beautiful and expensive. I only shot one roll of Kodak Portra 400 with it, but I fell in love with the camera. There was no actual need to have it, it was just nice to have. Which is also the reason why it got sold after a while. It feels very natural to work with the camera which makes you automatically know how to hold and shoot it.


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