Friday, 21 August 2015
This is a novelty camera which I acquired last year and have so far put one film through. The top and bottom halves of the negative can be exposed separately using two masks that slide in front of the lens, this gives a blending effect. I've loaded it with a roll of Agfa Vista ISO200 colour film.
I recently found an old roll of Kodachrome 64 slide film in a charity shop. Kodachrome processing was discontinued at the end of 2010, and is a process which cannot be replicated. There is however the option to process the film in black and white chemicals, and this is what I chose to do with mine. The results are quite grainy and contrasty, but at least I was able to get some kind of image out of this much missed film.
You can see from this picture that the camera's focal plane shutter is not running smoothly, resulting in the left hand portion of the negative being over-exposed.
Monday, 17 August 2015
The MTL 3 is one of many cameras made in East Germany under the Praktica range. This is one of the later models, and was generally found to be more reliable than some of the earlier examples. Mine came without a lens, and the lens shown here is a "Cassarit" made for the Edixa cameras.
The Pen EE-3 is fixed focus, and as I was fairly close for this photo, I wanted to maximise the depth of field by using as small an aperture as possible. The camera is fully automatic, but by using the flash setting, which sets the shutter speed to 1/40th second, you can set the aperture manually. I think this was set at f11.
Friday, 14 August 2015
The Pen EE-3 is one of the extensive range of half-frame cameras mae by Olympus in the 1960s and 70s. It is a true point and shoot, with no focussing, or any other controls, other than the ability to set the aperture when using a flash. Apart from the negative size, the camera is very similar to the popular Olympus Trip, which was made and sold by the million.
I've loaded the camera with some Rollei Retro 100 black and white film, pending the replacement of my exhausted C41 chemicals.
This is 2 consecutive frames taken with the Korrol-S. The yellow colour cast is quite different from what I usually get with this film/developer combination. I suspected this may be due to the developer becoming exhausted, a suspicion backed up the by the complete failure of the next film I developed in it.
Monday, 3 August 2015
I've got a soft spot for the Bencini cameras from the 1950s and 60s, I used to think they were ugly, but they've grown on me. This one, as the "S" in the name suggests, takes square images, 12 on a roll of 120 film. The lens collapses into the body when not in use, making it almost pocketable.