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September 11, 2005 - The Last SMP Column

September 4, 2005 - The Magic Bullet

July 31, 2005 - Nothing About Noise

July 24, 2005 - (no article)

July 17, 2005 - Modes

July 10, 2005 - The Tale Told by Two Pictures

July 3, 2005 - Catch the Rave!

June 26, 2005 - Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New

June 19, 2005 - The "Compact Disc Effect"
and the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D

June 12, 2005 - Keeping Up

June 5, 2005 - "Tough" and "Sweet"

June 2005 - Fun Stuff: Bokeh Ratings and Lens Awards

May 2005 - Why 40mm?

April 2005 - SMP's Third Anniversary:
A Digital Black and White Update

March 2005 - Just to be Contrary

February 2005 - The Filter Flare Factor

January 2005 - The K-1000 of Digital SLRs

December 2004 - The Best Lens for a Leica

November 2004 - Killer Digital Lens
(And Other Digital Notes)

October 2004 extra - Thoughts About "Full Frame"

October 2004 - Mo' Betta

September 12, 2004 - Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

September 2004 - Bronicas and Robot Friends:
What I Did Last Summer

August 2004 - Uses and Applications of 35mm Lenses

July 2004 - Comparisons and the Odious:
Fakery, Actual and Conceptual

June 2004 - Scenic Fatigue

May 23, 2004 - Do You Have a Color Balance?

May 16, 2004 - (no article)

May 9, 2004 - Finding The Best CD-Rs

May 2, 2004 - (no article)

April 25, 2004 - 'Almost Every Night We Send Them Home'

April 18, 2004 - Secrets of Success

April 11, 2004 - The Reviewer's Life

April 4, 2004 - Bokeh in Pictures

March 28, 2004 - Review: Cone Editions
Press Complete Digital Workflow Workshop

March 21, 2004 - (no article)

March 14, 2004 - Moving Pictures

March 7, 2004 - Evidence, not Proof

February 29, 2004 - Set Yourself Free!

February 22, 2004 - Parameters of Lens Specification
and the Properties of Lenses

February 15, 2004 - Digital Sizzles in the Desert

February 8, 2004 - (no article)

February 1, 2004 - Of Old Dogs and New Tricks

January 25, 2004 - Friendly Essays: Frank Van
Riper Talks Photography

January 18, 2004 - Lost in the Gutter

January 11, 2004 - Working For Pay

January 4, 2004 - Has Leica Lost It?

December 28, 2003 - The Other eBay

December 21, 2003 - Can't See The Pictures for the Pixels

December 14, 2003 - Hooray for Hewlett-Packard!

December 7, 2003 - (no article)

November 30, 2003 - Books, Nikon Bigots, and B&WP

November 23, 2003 - Camera Envy: the Nikon D2H

November 16, 2003 - Wedding Photography and the "$39K Schmuck"

November 9, 2003 - (no article)

November 2, 2003 - My Favorite View Cameras

October 26, 2003 - Choosing A First Lens for Large Format

October 19, 2003 - (no article)

October 12, 2003 - The Gestalt of 35mm Tri-X vs. Digital

October 5, 2003 - Got a Question? Ask SMP

September 21, 2003 - Taste, Part I: Schubert and Schoenberg

September 14, 2003 - (no article)

September 7, 2003 - Arguments, Strife, and Polemics:
More on the Killing of Mazen Dana

August 31, 2003 - Rogues

August 24, 2003 - Sony Man

August 17, 2003 - (no article)

August 10, 2003 - (no article)

August 3, 2003 - Odds and Ends (and More About Digital B&W)

July 27, 2003 - Where the HECK is Digital B&W?!?

July 20, 2003 - (no article)

July 13, 2003 - The Case Against Zooms

July 6, 2003 - Headlines from 2011

June 29, 2003 - (no article)

June 22, 2003 - Clean, Lube, Adjust

June 15, 2003 - Happy Sunday

June 8, 2003 - More on Clichés and How to Avoid 'Em

June 1, 2003 - Eschew Cliché

May 25, 2003 - The Nun's Hand (and Other Thoughts About Taste)

May 18, 2003 - Photographing Models and Nudes

May 11, 2003 - Getting Better: The Crucial Sentence

May 4, 2003 - Land of the Free

April 27, 2003 - (no article)

April 20, 2003 - The High and Lows of the Canon 10D

April 13, 2003 - (no article)

April 6, 2003 - Two Nikons and a Minolta

March 30, 2003 - SMP's Gala First Anniversary

March 23, 2003 - So You Say You Want To Turn Pro?

March 16, 2003 - SLRs Part Two: Finding the View

March 9, 2003 - The Digital Shopping Dilemma

February 23, 2003 - The Public and Me: What's an SLR Supposed to Be?

February 16, 2003 - The Bronica RF645 Rangefinder Revisited

February 9, 2003 - Lashed to the Mast: The Digital Odyssey

February 2, 2003 - Collecting Photography Books

January 26, 2003 - Best of 2002

January 19, 2003 - Pentax Under Glass

January 12, 2003 - Flare

January 5, 2003 - Simplicity, Thy Name Is...Digital?!?

December 22, 2002 - I Get Mail

December 15, 2002 - Confessions of a Cameraholic

December 8, 2002 - How Many is Too Many?

November 24, 2002 - My Favorite Lens

November 17, 2002 - Leica vs. Zeiss: Whose Lenses are Best?

November 10, 2002 - On Photography Magazines

November 3, 2002 - Impressions of the (Particular) Past

October 27, 2002 - This Bothers Me

October 20, 2002 - Miscellaneous Notes #1

October 6, 2002 - Give That Cat The Boot: Editing 101

September 29, 2002 - Kodak Fights Back

September 22, 2002 - The 50mm Lens and Metaphysical Doubt

September 15, 2002 - That Classic Look

September 8, 2002 - Readings for Practicing Photographers

September 1, 2002 - On Self-Assignment

August 25, 2002 - Grandfather Mountain

August 4, 2002 - Photokina 2002 and the 'Olydak'

July 28, 2002 - Real Photographers Don't Use Sonys

July 21, 2002 - 'Just Say NO' to Digital SLRs

July 14, 2002 - Black-and-White Tonality

July 7, 2002 - Key Thoughts and the Zen of Fishing

June 30, 2002 - Hartmann Single Black: Interview With
Nicholas Hartmann, Part II

June 23, 2002 - Caring for Your Cameras

June 16, 2002 - Hartmann Single Black: A Procedure For
Printing Scanned 35mm Black-and-White Negatives

June 9, 2002 - Twenty Aprils: The Classic Era of the SLR






Mike Johnston is the publisher of "The 37th Frame," an ink-on-paper quarterly for a small but select audience that's sardonic, sarcastic, intelligent, independent, practical, entertaining, funny, and well written. It's especially notable for detailed subjective reviews of lenses.

He was East Coast Editor of Camera & Darkroom magazine from 1988 to 1994 and Editor-in-Chief of PHOTO Techniques magazine from 1994-2000, where his editorial column "The 37th Frame" was a popular feature and where he presented, among other things, a set of three articles on "bokeh" by John Kennerdell, Oren Grad, and Harold Merklinger that were subsequently widely discussed among photographers.

His critical and technical writings have appeared in various publications and newsletters such as The Washington Review and D-Max. A number of his articles written under the pseudonym "L. T. Gray" (el Tigre) appeared in the English magazine Darkroom User.





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