If you left comments and did not get a response from me, please accept my apologies. For some reason, I had not realized that Google had changed some settings that I did not fully understand. This morning I saw that there were about 60 comments that I had not seen because the notification was not sent for them to be moderated. I have fixed that, and sent away the spammers, and posted the real comments. I am touched by the responses to my tribute to Marc Akemann. I know that he influenced many people during his life, and he was always helpful to anyone that asked. I still think of him regularly, and grief has given way to acknowledging that he would want us all to be happy with our lives, and to be good people.
I appreciate the comments on film and camera reviews -- I will try and answer those as much as I can, when I can. Old cameras come our way, usually without a history attached to them. If a camera isn't working properly, it may be why it was sold in the first place. For others, it can sometimes be a simple fix, and others... a quagmire of possibilities and sometimes there is no fix. My basic rule is, do no harm, and don't force anything. But sometimes a quick bang on the bottom of the camera against my desktop can do wonders. I am not a camera tinkerer, and certainly do not consider myself a repair person. I have gotten bolder lately, as more people post fix-it solutions on the web.
For film reviews, I am not doing extensive tests, but shooting/developing the film as I normally might. A one-roll review is like that. For films that I shoot a lot with, I use them because they satisfy my concepts of what I am looking for, whatever that may be. They must also be easy to process. If I have to resort to buying some special developer to get the optimum results, then it's pretty unlikely that I will use that film. My usual developers are HC-110, D-76, Rodinal, XTOL, and Caffenol when I am so inclined. For C-41 I use the FPP C-41 kit, and E-6 I usually send to The Darkroom because I don't shoot enough of it to fully utilize the E-6 kit.
I am glad that you enjoy Random Camera Blog, and please keep the comments coming. I'll reply to the backlog of your comments as soon as I can. Again, I apologize for not replying sooner.
Here is an image from a recently-developed roll of the FPP-spooled Kodak Vision 50D. I developed it in the FPP C-41 kit, and will have a film review of it soon.