Mike Janik is a Toronto photographer who publishes The Toronto Times, and makes great Youtube videos.
While he started out by doing camera reviews and informational videos (check out ‘How to Clean Your Camera‘, ‘13 Film Photography Hacks‘ and ‘Let’s Talk About Zines‘), a few months he started also doing Vlogs.
In his latest, he prowls the streets of downtown Toronto, wielding one of the Fujifilm 1600 ISO, 39-exposure disposable cameras that we sell on this very store. He winds up taking some great architectural shots, which he shares, and also sums up his thoughts on the camera. He also mentions the possibility that he might make a video showing how to reload a disposable, which I personally would loveDrake disposable cameras to see. I know that a couple of people who have bought one of the (there’s some extra Toronto content!) have mentioned that they intend to that, and while I know there are a few videos about it on Youtube, I’d love to see a really good video on it.
You can watch it right here – recommended viewing for all Canadian film photography people (and the not-Canadian ones):
I was recently interviewed by Jesse Yardley of Notice. We talk film photography, hipsters and cops. The link is here, check it out!
UPDATE: I originally forgot to link to Bergger Pancro in our store haha, woops, bad salesman.
I just wanted to point everyone to a very thorough review of Bergger Pancro 400 that I saw on Youtube. You may already be familiar with the MAX+ONE Portrait Photography channel, who make very good videos about film photography. Max and his friend Jules spent 3 months shooting only Bergger Pancro. He then tested out the film in a few different developers, and then made a great, comprehensive video about it. They shot in a variety of situations from Croatia to Munich, and did some prints as well. Great video, well worth a look.
I’ll quote some of Max’s thoughts from his review, but you should watch the entire video for more:
“Bergger Pancro is an amazing and very interesting film. It does have a rather flat characteristic, which makes it well suited for scanning and also doing prints of the negatives. I have to say that most of the time while editing in Lightroom, it was mostly about increasing the brightness and adding a little bit of contrast, so it was not really kind of working hard on getting the kind of dynamic range that you sometimes want an image to get kind of hard contrasts and things like that. So it was really easy to edit, and it felt the same while doing the split grades, that was kind of interesting to see how easy that was, and how quick we could often get results that suited our taste and what we had intended to do.
This is a film that I can highly recommend. I really appreciate it’s kind of glowy look for skin tones and skin in general. For Black & White portraits, I really think this gives it a certain modern and at the same time classic look, and I will definitely use this film again and again, especially using it with Kodak D-76 or, if I’m shooting it at ISO 200, with Spur Acurol-N.
So this is a film that I will most definitely order some more of, and that I really enjoy shooting.”