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Battery Adapter for Vintage Film Cameras and Exposure Meters

September 29th, 2014

I have a vintage Pentax Spotmatic F that I inherited from my grandfather. When I first got it the batter for the light meter was working correctly. This is pretty surprising since the battery was an original PX625 mercury battery. After a good year or two of usage, it died on me. I did some preliminary searches on the internet and found this Wein MRB625 Cell replacement battery on B&H. Unfortunately, when it came in the mail it didn’t work. Google let me know pretty quick that this is common with these types of zinc-air batteries. I had a choice, I could buy more batteries and hope that they hadn’t died, or I could find a different solution.

Google was my friend again. I found someone who had mentioned buying an adapter that would convert the voltage of a common button battery to the voltage needed for the light meter. I was a bit skeptical since the adapter was created and sold in Thailand, but the person claimed that it was worth the price and worked well.

I decided to take the risk, bought the adapter and have had light meter success! The adapter that I purchased converts a normal Energizer 386/301 Silver Oxide (1.55V) button battery to the voltage of the MR-9 PX625 PX13 Mercury battery (1.35V). You can get the adapter on Amazon for about $30 and it arrives in around 2 weeks. I suppose the ultimate proof is in how accurately the light meter itself is registering. I’ll find that out after I get my first roll of film developed.

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Ernst Haeckel

September 11th, 2014

I’m a sucker for scientific illustrations, especially the ones that are good. The other day I ran across the biological illustrations of Ernst Haeckel published in the book Kunstformen der Natur. These illustrations are truly a work of art. I’ve compiled the illustrations from the book for your easy viewing pleasure. Do your eyes a favor and peruse through the scans.

  Posted in Illustration

I Take Photos

August 20th, 2014

I take photos to remember. Life speeds up with alacrity, yet my memory does not. The photographic moments of the past that seemed so insignificant and trivial become the key that unlocks memories of the past. A plate of food, a sunrise, a smile, are all piled deep with layers of surrounding memories that I never want to forget.

I take photos to forget. Regret and mistakes plague my life and seem to be etched in my memory permanently. The moments that a photo captures are capable of erasing those failures and replacing them with times I forget to remember.

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