Thursday, 31 December 2015
Monday, 28 December 2015
This one was taken in the unrestored area of Sheffield's iconic brutalist materpiece, Park Hill flats. I included the sprocket holes in the scan, as they seemed to suit the grid-like subject.
Another indoor available light photo, I think I was able to use f4 for this one, but the depth of field is still shallow.
Technically this is not a great shot, but it means a lot to me. This is my grandson Eric, who was born six days after my father died. The photo was taken on Christmas eve, using Eric's late great-grandfather's favourite camera, a Zeiss Ikon Contarex "Bullseye".
It was taken at full aperture and a shutter speed of 1/30th second, with a close range moving target, it's not surprising the focus is a bit off!
Friday, 25 December 2015
This is rather a special camera to me, it belonged to my father who died in October, this was one of his favourite cameras. It's a very heavy, but precision made camera, and was the first of the Contarex series of SLRs made from the late 1950s. I've loaded it with HP5 Plus, ISO400 black and white negative film.
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
This is essentailly the same as the Ensign Selfix 820 Special that I used in week 104, the difference being that the Special has a built in un-coupled rangefinder. Both cameras can be used in either 6x6cm or 6x9cm format, so as I used 6x6 with the Special, I've opted for 6x9 this time.
I've loaded it with a roll of expired Fujicolor NPC 160 colour negative film.
Sunday, 20 December 2015
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Although the camera seemed to be fully functioning when I put a batery in it after buying it, once I'd loaded it with film, it became apparent that the LED display was playing up, it didn't show the frame advancing, and out in the cold, it stopped working altogether, which may have been caused by a tired battery getting too cool. Anyway, I decided to push ahead with it, accepting the risk that there might be problems. This is a scan of three consecutive frames.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
I found this on a bric-a-brac stall for £1. There was no battery in it, but at that price I was prepared to take the risk of it not working. One I installed the correct battery, all seems well. The camera is a bit of a monster, I'd seen photos of the model before, but hadn't realised how big and bulky it is.
Friday, 4 December 2015
Monday, 30 November 2015
This is a large range-finder camera from around 1965. It has a fast lens, and unlike some similar models, has full manual control in addition to the automatic exposure system. I didn't even try putting a battery in, as there was evidence of previous battery leakage, and I'm quite happy to use manual mode.
I found a roll of expired Jessops PAN400 SX black and white film, which expired in 2008, so I thought I'd give that a go.
Sunday, 29 November 2015
I used another of my extensive stash of expired slide film this week, which was cross-processed, explaining the odd colours here. The subject is a large metal spider which hangs beneath a railway arch, through which a foot bridge goes over the river Don. At this time of year, the sun is low in the sky, and directly illuminates the spider, bringing it out of its customary gloom.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Monday, 23 November 2015
The EM is a small, light SLR firmly aimed at the amateur market, it has automatic aperture priority exposue, with no manual overide, other than the option to set a single shutter speed, 1/90th sec, if there are no batteries.
This one has an "E" series 28mm wide angle lens on it. I've loaded it with Ilford HP5 Plus black and white negative film.
Saturday, 14 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Saturday, 7 November 2015
Sunday, 1 November 2015
I've had this one a while, I can't remember where it came from. The electronics appear to be dead, but it can be used in full manual mode, and all seems to function as it should. The lens is probably the entry level for this system, as it would seem that there were fater lenses made.
I've put some Kodak Gold colour negative film in it (expired 2009).
Friday, 30 October 2015
The Solinette II is a folding 35mm camera from the mid 1950s, it is very similar in style to the Kodak Retinas of the same era. This one has an f3.5 Solinar lens and a Prontor SVS shutter with speeds down to 1 second, all of which sound to be accurate.
I've loaded it with some fresh Agfa Vista ISO200 film from Poundland.
Sunday, 25 October 2015
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
I found this in a charity shop for 75p a couple of years ago and it's been sitting around ever since. At heart it is a generic "disposable" single use camera, pre-loaded with 12 exposures of ISO200 film. This was obviously a promotional gift to advertise an Avon sun protection product.
As it happens there was no need for sun protection on the day I used it, which was a very dull October day, which will probably result in rather under-exposed negatives.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Unlike the Kalimar Actionshot 16, which has the option to fire each shutter at will, the Rensha Cardia only allows a choice of the rate at which the shots are taken, once the shutter is pressed, all eight shots are take.
The camera is designed to record the positions of a moving subject, but as this subject was stationary, I moved the camera instead.