Tuesday, 21 April 2015
This is a very basic toy camera, with the addition of a built in flash which has four different filters, selected by rotating the knob on the top. It was in a terrible state when I got it, sticky and fikthy with the batteries corroded and he flash no longer working, and the wind on knob had come off. Also, rather puzzlingly, the swing in Waterhouse stop to reduce the aperture is absent, so there is only one aperture, f8.
I was able to revive the flash by cleaning the contacts, and apart from the problem with the aperture, all seems well.
All of the photos were grossly out of focus. I haven't yet had a chance to investigate the reason, but it doesn't seem to be a case of using the wrong focusing scale (plate instead o f film) as there is only one scale on this model.
Thursday, 16 April 2015
The Folding Ensign 3¼ uses the long obsolete 118 roll film, which is 3¼" wide, hence the name. The negatives are 80mm x 105mm. As the film is no longer available, I'm using 120 film, with the take-up spool "padded" to accommodate the narrower format. Using an old film/backing paper combination, I worked out how many turns of the wind on knob would be needed between each exposure, I should get around six negatives from a 120 film.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Thursday, 9 April 2015
I found this in a charity shop a couple of years ago, I've not seen one like this before, inside it is simply one of the generic action-tracker/action-samplers, that take four shots in quick succession. This one is shaped and coloured to appeal to children.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
The Halina 35-600 is similar to the Olympus Trip 35, but it uses a CdS cell for the exposure meter, and therefore needs batteries. Like the trip there are two shutter speeds of around 1/40th and 1/200th, and the aperture is set by the camera according to the light levels and film speed.