Welcome to Huemaxx.

What we call Huemax-"X"


This site is an extension from the "Huemax" photofinishing specialist. The original Huemax Company was established in 1980.  In 2005, we started a new division, HuemaxX. The addition of "X" means "expansion" and "retro."

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Mission Statement


In this site, we are stepping away from the microprocessor-controlled digital photography and its equipment. We are sharply focusing on the essence of image capturing devices and its related materials (silver halide vs. digital sensor).

During the 1960’s, there were small differences between cameras used by professional photographers and amateurs.
These cameras were mechanical, wonderfully engineered, and well-made. 

I admire both the serious amateurs and professionals who could successfully use these cameras to capture images and develop them.  While both types of photographers were serious and very good, the professionals were the greatly experienced craftsmen of photography.  What divided the amateurs from the professionals were the easy "automatic-exposure," cameras which helped amaters reduce mistakes and save time. These cameras also lacked manual control and were cheaper to manufacture.

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There were also cameras with a built-in exposure meter.  There are some people who believe the death of built-in exposure meter is the death of the camera. But, the exposure meter is NOT an essential part of the camera, but merely a convenient addition to the image capturing device.

Although there maybe some features that are not fully operational on a mechanical camera, these features do not interfere with the camera as a image capturing device.  But, this is not the case with a microprossessor-controlled camera.

The microprocessor-controlled camera can either lose control or cease to operate despite a good battery. I say the death of the battery is the death of this type of camera. Therefore, I have been collecting, restoring, selling and trading those "mechanical" cameras that are capable of capturing images with silver film materials WITHOUT batteries.

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My Photography Background


My serious photography had begun at the time of the successful Moon landing of mankind, the "Apollo project" of NASA in the late 1960's. At that time, the image capturing devices were mechanical cameras, which were driven by power-charged springs, cams, gears, inks, and no battery. However, TTL (through the lens) metering (manual match operations; which requires use of a battery) was very popular. I used SLR (single lens reflex) interchangeable lens camera through my college years. At that time, there were no automatic focus cameras and few auto-exposure controlled cameras.

I do remember, but I did not possess, a non-battery driven camera, such as the selenium cell (solar powered battery) semi-automatic exposure control device (some manufacturers called as "EE" electric eye). And also was small battery operated electric motor drive for quick advance and charging shutter operations.


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My Photography Background (continued)


In the mid to late 70's, the advancement of "AUTO" exposure controls (e.g. Canon AE-1 and Nikon EL) certainly sped up photo taking, and those micro-processor (computer)-controlled cameras helped amateurs to obtain quality photos and frozen moments. While I was impressed with the overall results from this technology, however, I wanted more control of my own picture taking.

In the 1990's, the emerging success of the "AUTO-FOCUSING" cameras clearly dividing the amateurs from the pros. I think that the “general purpose” cameras become "TOYS" rather than "TOOLS" of the pro trades.

Today, some cameras can link with human eye movements as you see (for focusing); and maybe later can read your mind?




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Contact Info

Physical Address:

HUEMAXX
2313 Geddie Place
High Point, NC 27260

Phone: (336) 885-2000


  

huemaxx@yahoo.com






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