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.
Saturday, 10 October 2015
I used another of my stock of expired Fuji slide films this week, this is the Velvia 50, cross-processed in the Tetenal C41 kit. These sculptures were in deep shade, meaning that I had to use a wide aperture with consequent shallow depth of field. The figure on the left is certainly not well focussed.
Sunday, 4 October 2015
As the camera's name suggests, this is a Bakelite camera, it was made in Germany in around 1934. This one has an f2.7 Trioplan lens and a Compur shutter with speeds from 1 sec to 1/250th. All the speeds seem about right, and as it takes 120 film, there is no problem using it today. It takes sixteen 4.5cm x 6cm negatives per roll. I've loaded it with expired Fuji Velvia 50 film.
Using 120 film in this postcard size camera means that the negatives are long and thin, with only five exposures per roll, I put two rolls through it this week. This is from the first roll, Ilford Delta 400 black and white negative film. The exposure here was about 30 seconds, and it is clear that I was unable to keep my head as still as my hands!