Friday, 31 December 2010
My renewed interest in using film has led my to acquire several more cameras this year, and together with my existing collection, I still have quite a few to use.
I plan to continue into 2011, but maybe not quite so strictly on one camera a week.
Watch this space.
He was a Christmas present from my Aunt Daphne more than 40 years ago, and as she died last week aged 91, this image is dedicated to her.
This week I used another expired film, this one a mere 30 years past its use by date (compared with 60 years last week). There is quite a lot of blotchiness and streaking, but the images are still there.
Monday, 27 December 2010
reflected self-portrait with Eljy camera and silly hat, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
The lens collapses into the body when not in use, and the viewfinder even has parallax correction for closer subjects. Although the shutter speeds range fro 1/10th to 1/200th of a second, they all seem to be the same now.
We'll soon see if there was any life left in the 60 year old film!
Eljy (type 4) with film and 35mm box for comparison, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
reflected self-portrait with red hat, red fleece, red camera and redscale film, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
I've had this camera a long time, I don't remember where I got it, but I don't think I paid much for it.
It takes 8 6x9cm exposures on 120 rollfilm, originally it would have had a mask to allow 16 6x4.5cm exposures, but this is missing, though the viewfinder still has the appopriate supplementary window for this format.
The Bessa 1 was made for a number of years, I think this one dates from the late 1930s or early 1940s.
Friday, 10 December 2010
reflected self-portrait with very small camera and very large hand, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Saturday, 4 December 2010
It is an excellent little camera, and while there is no manual overide, the auto shutter speeds are from 1/500th to 2 seconds, so the camera can be used in a wide range of lighting conditions.
As befits a red camera, I am using a redscale film this week.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
The Tenax I was first produced in 1931, but this is one of the post war examples made in the late 1940s.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
reflected self-portrait with Bilora Radix camera and crumpled plastic witch's hat, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Friday, 19 November 2010
I've loaded approximately half of a 36 exposure roll of Rollei Retro black and white film into an old Agfa Rapid cassette.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
I bought it new in 1981, there were various "kits" available, I had the one with the 18mm, 24mm and 50mm lenses, a motor drive and flash unit. There were more extensive kits including a whole range of filters and close up lenses.
Over the years I acquired the 70mm and 20-40mm zoom lenses, together with various close up lenses, and even a third party tele-converter.
I last used it nearly 10 years ago, and the film I have expired in 2003, but I hope to get something out of it. With a new set of batteries, after a few hesitant exposures, it seems to be fully working.
There are still several mail-order firms that process 110 film, even though the format is no longer manufactured (though there are rumours that this may change.)
I'll try to use the 24 exposures next week and get it in the post by the weekend, but it will be a little longer than usual before I can upload the results.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
reflected self-portrait with Kiev 15 camera and Russian hat, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Friday, 5 November 2010
The aperture is set with a dial on the camera body, and there is no way to set the diaphragm directly on the lens, so even if adaptors were available, these lenses would be of very limited use to someone without the correct camera. That probably accounts for the relatively low price of these systems. The metal focal plane shutter has an unusual fan arrangement, which I have not seen on any other cameras. This is a heavy camera, and feels solid, but with fairly basic engineering standards, changing the lenses for example involves quite a lot of gentle persuasion!
I've loaded it with a roll of Rollei Retro black and white film.
reflected self-portrait with Minolta Dynax 5 and asian conical hat, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
This is a class of camera that I have never owned or used before, coming right at the end of the era of popular highly flexible film cameras, soon to be replaced by digital.
As well as being "auto-everything" is is extensively customisable and can be used fully manually.
I've loaded it with an ISO400 colour negative film, and, weather permitting, will take it to "Fright Night" tomorrow.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
This is one of the few 127 rollfilm SLRs ever made. They were first manufactured in 1960 and produce twelve 4cm x 4cm photos on a roll. If used with reversal film, they could be mounted as "superslides", which could be projected in a 35mm projector, but had a larger (40mm x 40mm compared with 24mm x 36mm) picture area.
This model has a reputation for unreliability, partly because the wind on and cocking mechanisms are far from intuitive, and without a manual, there is little hope of getting it right, and every chance of damaging the camera! This example seems to be in working order, but this will be the first film I have put through it.