60 Years Ago - June 1956

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by marc_bergman|1, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Welcome to June 1956. Modern Photography had a jammed pack issue this month. Let's get started with the New Equipment Roundup.
  2. Now let's look at Ilford's HPS. Is this the fastest 35mm film?
  3. How good is Kodak's Verichrome Pan film?
  4. Now we look at Kodak's Panatomic-X.
  5. Will FR X-500 be your next developer?
  6. Here is a nice article on the new Canon V camera and lenses.
  7. Here is the new Voigtlander Vitessa L camera.
  8. Here is the new Kalloflex TLR camera.
  9. Here is the new Argus C-44 camera with accessories.
  10. The new Robot camera shoots 24 x 36mm negatives.
  11. How has the new Weston Master III meter changed?
  12. Let's look at the Lens of the Future.
  13. Lloyd Varden tells us What's Ahead.
  14. Here are this month's camera equipment ads.
  15. Here are this month's dealer ads.
  16. Another great look back. I especially enjoyed reading the film articles. I'm guessing that HPS marked the beginning of the long and ongoing competition between Ilford and Kodak (which ultimately made fast black and white film even better over the decades). The Vitessa L is an amazing camera. My dad bought a new one during the mid-fifties and it still functions today, although the meter is no longer accurate. Thanks for sharing.
  17. For some reason Foxfire rewarded me with a double post which I have deleted.
  18. Any chance of page 122 of that issue please, Marc? The article about the Weston III has whetted my appetite but is continued on that page. I have to thank you for these regular glimpes back in time. I find them fascinating, sometimes, the advertisements, as much as the articles themselves! Cheers,
  19. Brett,
    You will find page 122 and 124 together. I combined the scans of these pages.
    The page 122 part says "continued from page 73". The page 124 part says "continued from page 122".
    Glad you like these posts.
  20. Mike,
    I found it interesting that they gave HPS such a writeup. I had seen ads for HP3 but little attention given to it in the pages.
    I did find a nice timeline for Ilford.
  21. Great link, Marc. Interesting that Kodak didn't have a product in 35mm to directly compete with HPS. Of course, the later Royal-X Pan from Kodak had a box speed of 1250 during the 1960's, but it was not offered in 35mm. The much later Kodak 2475 Recording Film was faster but a lot grainier. By the time it was readily available, Ilford had discontinued HPS.
  22. Great stuff; thanks... again!
    I only wish I had read that Verichrome article way back when. I was a dedicated Plus-X shooter and rarely used Verichrome. In hindsight I realize that the little Verichrome I used resulted in some lovely images. I should have been shooting more of it. But at least my trusty Weston III still serves me well. I use it to this day!
  23. I "rediscovered" Verichrome Pan during the mid 1980's when I acquired a used Yashicamat D. While we stocked Plus-X and Tri-X professional in pro-paks at the family camera shop I needed a roll of black & white while traveling. Verichrome Pan was all the mall photo shop had so I tried it and liked it. Still have four rolls that I'm hoarding in cold storage.
  24. Thanks, Marc, another great read. Loved Verichrome, never thought much of HPS...
  25. Orthochromatic Verichrome was before my time, but I have used a couple of rolls of Rollei Ortho 25. Unique film. I did find a Kodak ad from the early 50’s for Kodak black & white film. I recall that Verichrome was recommended as a “basic and thrifty medium”.
  26. Marc, thanks for posting this. It is a great issue, with the HPS, Verichrome and Canon articles.
    As a boy, I developed thousands of rolls of Verichrome Pan from box cameras, helping in my father's drugstore photo lab, so that article brought back memories of those red and yellow paper rolls.
    Both the Canon V and the Vitessa had unusual film advance mechanisms. It was a time for experimenting.
    The information theory article by Varden is timely in this year in which Claude Shannon would have had his 100th birthday, and its relationship to photography is today much closer, with compression techniques of digital images.
    And I like very much those little photography cartoons at the bottom of some pages!

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