Sunday, 28 June 2015
The supply of the now obsolete APS film is finite, but I still have a few rolls left. This camera is fairly basic, though it does have some degree of automatic exposure. The focus is fixed, as is the aperture. I've loaded it with some Agfa ISO 200 colour negative film.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
The "Billy" name was used by Agfa for several decades, and the cameras evolved considerably over this period. This is on of the first Billys, dating from between 1928 and 1930. It is very simple, with little to go wrong. I've loaded it with some expired slide film which I intend to cross-process.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
This is a very simple camera using the obsolete disc system. There is a motorised wind on, but the electronic flash doesn't work. There are two aperture settings for sun and cloud, but given that the only disc film available is now considerably expired, I will be mainly using the "cloud" setting to maximise the amount of light getting to the elderly emulsion.
The Agfa Copex Rapid film that I used has an ISO of around 50, so I was pushing the limits with this dimly lit scene. Even using the full aperture of f1.7, and the slowest shutter speed I could hand hold, 1/30th second, the negative is rather underexposed.
Monday, 1 June 2015
This came from a charity shop for £10, and also included a 24mm "Prakticar" lens. It uses the M42 mount, so there is no shortage of lenses that can be used on it. There is a coupled TTL meter, but although it appears to work, the results are erratic, so I will use a handheld meter to determine the exposures.
The Ricoh Auto 35 is only barely working, the shutter will fire with "Type 6" film selected, all other settings are sticky, the aperture can be selected to a degree by using the flash settings. Given these limitations, I stuck to outdoor subjects in good light.