The conservation lab was temperature and humidity controlled, great for helping to preserve priceless art objects undergoing restoration, but not so great for cold camera
lenses, several of which were immediately rendered useless because of condensation.
Ron's application of the cold camera as an astrophotographic tool came at a time when many amateurs in the UK had only just begun using 35mm cameras.
Newcomers who have been spoilt with modern 'plug-and-play' techniques cannot fully appreciate the difficulties and frustrations encountered in the dark days of ultrafast 100 ASA film, the high-tech world of dry ice and cold cameras, long hours spent at the telescope and in the darkroom, the necessity of an inventive and creative mind, and skills in other fields including optics, engineering and electronics.
Then I became intrigued by someone's claim that the plane-parallel optical plug in the Celestron-Williams cold camera
of the mid-1970s helped reduce coma.
The cold camera's niche lies with astrophotographers who desire original transparencies rendered in the most accurate color that Ektachrome 400 can given.
A time-honored way of beating reciprocity failure is the cold camera. Cooling film to subzero temperatures during the exposure dramatically reduces exposure times without increasing fog or shifting color balance.
Fortunately, a commercial cold camera is again available.
Some of the protocols are unique to the Newton Cold Camera itself.
Is the cold camera about to go the way of the 8-millimeter movie and the slide rule?
A cold camera being marketed by CCD expert Jack Newton?
Manager of a Marks and Spencer department store by day, Newton makes these cold cameras as a moonlighting enterprise.
For those of us who were cooking our film in hypering tanks in our basements 10 years ago and used to freeze our fingertips with our cold cameras
, those times are over!