Camera collection on YouTube

November 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

 So I'm needing a creative project to sink my teeth into and so I've been researching videos on YouTube channels and video creation. And the one thing I learned with all of this is that I need to select a project that I care about and have a lot of passion about. And I came up with one thing above all others....

Vintage camera equipment....

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I grew up in a camera store, I lived, breathed and ate camera equipment from the age of 6 (my age when I received my first film camera.) And from the age of 9 I worked alongside my Dad in Lee Photo up to 2011, when I had to close the shop. But by passion for photography and camera gear hasn't diminished in the slightest.

Starting in January I'm going to begin doing a YouTube "series" highlighting the camera collection of Lee Photo which spans 3 generations. It will be a long process. So I'm going to take it a step of a time. I hope to include a few interviews of my Dad as well to highlight his favorite equipment.

So if you aren't already a subscriber to my channel please sign up @jbleephoto and help me move forward in this project and make it great.

Thanks in advance for your support.


Dusting off the Hasselblad

May 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Dusting off the Hasselblad...

I grew up shooting film and it's nice to see that once again people are taking a look at how to use and shoot film cameras.

Because not only did I work as a professional photographer, but also owned a camera store I had the chance to shoot will "almost" every camera ever made I acquired a lot of knowledge about all different types of film cameras, how they work and what all the buttons and knobs did. But out of all the camera's I ever used, I have a favorite... The Hasselblad, I used this in studio, and at weddings so I could get stunning results due to the large 2 1/4 inch negative.

So this last weekend I dusted off the "ol" Hassy loaded up two 120 backs with Kodak Portra 400 and took the camera and 2 lenses out to take photos of my Daughter and her friends along side my Sony A7R III to take pictures of them before their Senior Ball. Next thing I know it was like I traveled back in time after I heard the first click, flapp, kuchunk.... of the distinctive Hasselblad shutter release, and following film crank rotation. As soon as some of subjects heard the loud sound my camera made the question came up. What was that noise?

Gear List:

  • Hasselblad 
  • Zeiss 150mm f4
  • Zeiss 60mm f3.5
  • 2-120 format film backs
  • Gossen
  • Gitzo GT3530

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Planning for Banff!

February 02, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Our summer excursions have come full circle, this Summer we will return to one of our favorite places, Banff, Canada. The last time we were there 6 or so years ago it was still a great trip, but the scenery was shrouded in smoke from a forest fire. And to make matters worse, my camera malfunctioned and all the photos were terrible, so the only pictures we returned with were from lackluster cell phones.

This time will be different. I've got my 2 Sony mirrorless cameras and a pair of Zeiss lenses and the Sony 70-200 f4 polished up and ready to go. And as my video kit my Samsung S9+, DJI gimbal and a full case of moment lenses and a RODE mic.

As soon as we told the girls what we were doing this Summer they squealed with joy and have already created their packing lists.

Look out Canada... here we come.


Samsung S9+ and Moment case

March 13, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

With so many photography related (gear mainly) problems of late my shooting days have been few. Between new dell laptop frying and loosing all photo editing capabilities, and my Sony A7II camera dieing. All I have left in my camera bag is an old Sony A7r and my Samsung Galaxy 9+. 

So I began to look into what photo options that I can afford (Being a Middle School Library Clerk pays just under nothing)

I found a case for my 9+ made by Moment https://www.shopmoment.com/ 

The cool thing is you can purchase a useful variety of lenses for a reasonable cost and give your phone added options. Moment also has a photo app that is just as useful with good manual controls.

Next month I'll purchase the 58mm (tele) lens and see if this could be a good option while I save up my dimes for a Sony A7r III

In the meantime Keep pressing the shutter button.


My ignored blog.... sorry

March 28, 2017  •  1 Comment

Seems like lately I haven't had anything new on the blog. This is quite true. I decided to embark on an abandoned journey and re-enrolled at Sierra College to complete my degree. Subsequently I've been so busy with classes I haven't had any time for adventures nor free time. But take heart, this summer I will embark on a new excursion and give you all the details along the way. Thanks for sticking with me through the "dead air" period on my blog and I will have new content soon.

Jason Byron Lee

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