Sunday, 30 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
This is a lovely little camera dating from the 1930s, it takes 127 rollfilm, and has a lens which retracts into the body when not in use. The slow shutter speeds are unreliable, but otherwise it seems to work. I will be loading it with Efke 100 Blakc and white film.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
reflected self-portrait with Cosmic 35 camera and embroidered hat, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
Saturday, 8 October 2011
The film is a proprietary format using 17mm film wide on a spool with backing paper. Fortunately my camera came with four unused rolls of film, with expiry dates of 1964. I have managed to get images from older stock than this, so was cautiously optimistic that they might be usable, but there was only a trace of a picture to be seen. Film loses speed as it ages, a rule of thumb is to allow one stop per decade, but this camera has only one shutter speed and no "B" setting, so it was impossible to compensate for this loss of sensitivity.
I have re-rolled that old spools and backing papaer with some of the 40 year old FP4 16mm movie film that I used last week, I've already shot one test roll, so I know it works. The film has perforations, unlike the original, but this shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
reflected self-portrait with Mikroma miniature camera, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.
Sunday, 2 October 2011
I've already done a trial run with some of the 40 year old FP4 film that I bought, so I know the camera works. The use manual tells you what length of film to use for a given number of exposures, the maximum being 90cm for 50 exposures, which is roughly what I've loaded it with.
Saturday, 1 October 2011
reflected self-portrait with Fuji Instax 200 camera, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.
This reflected self portrait was taken in a shiny metal sculpture at Chatswoth House in Derbyshire. It shows that the camera is quite large!