Saturday, 31 December 2016
Friday, 30 December 2016
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
The lighting were was very simple, a miniature LED torch placed underneath this sheep's skull. The film is Rollei Retro 80S, and the exposure here was around 20 seconds.
These manequins were quite happy to keep still for the 30 second exposure needed, I've cropped the image slightly after scanning.
Friday, 23 December 2016
This is the last week of the seventh year of the 52 cameras in 52 weeks project. Seven times fifty-two makes 365, so this is something of a special week.
To mark it, I decided to wring some images out of a functionally dead camera, the cloth focal plane shutter on the ancient single lens reflex is broken, but I reckoned that if I stuck to table top photography in artificial light, I could use long enough exposures to bypass the shutter and use a lens cap instead.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Friday, 16 December 2016
Agfa used the "Billy" name for cameras over a nmber of years. This is a folding model that takes 120 film, it is named after the Compur shutter, which, as is usually the case, works perfectly even after many years of inactivity. I loaded it with some expired Kodak Portra colour negative film.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Although the Contax D uses the Contax name, it bears little resemblance to the classic Zeiss Ikon Contax cameras, after world war 2, Zeiss Ikon was split between East and West Germany, initially both companies used the Contax name, but after legal battles, the right to use it was given to the West German branch. The East German part became Pentacon (said to come from "Pentaprism" and "Contax"). These SLRs were the first to use the pentaprism for viewing the focusing screen.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016
Monday, 21 November 2016
Friday, 18 November 2016
Friday, 11 November 2016
This is a simple 127 camera, taking 12 square shots per roll. Cosmetically it isn't in very good condition, and she shutter only works on 1/100th and "B", the 1/50th setting also acts as "B". There are two apertures, and a focussing scale, so it's not the very simplest of models.
I've loaded it with a roll of Vera Pan ISO 100 black and white negative film.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Friday, 4 November 2016
While checking this camera prior to use, I found that the shutter is faulty, and remains open while the release is pressed, effectively leaving the camera with a permanent "B" setting. It occurred to me that this could make it useful for the forthcoming Guy Fawkes night fireworks, so I loaded it with a Kmart branded disc
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Another 126 camera which is a cut above the basic. This one by Zeiss Ikon has an automatic exposure system, but it no longer works. The aperture remains at about the half way point, and the shutter only works on one setting, when placed in the flash setting it acts as a "B" setting, but I'm sure this is not meant to be the case.
With 126 film being scarce, I transferred the part used film from past week's camera, so I only have a few exposure to play with this week.
Monday, 24 October 2016
Friday, 21 October 2016
The Minolta Autopak 600-X is one of the higher spec 126 cameras, most were simple point and shoots, but this one has zone focusing, an f2.8 lens, and automatic exposure control. Of course the film is now obsolete, and only expired stock is available. I've loaded it with a fairly recent cartridge of Solaris ISO 200 colour negative film.
Monday, 17 October 2016
You can just make out the dog in the sky, on the camera packaging it implied that the dog images were not superimposed on the taken image, their example against a clear blue sky shows a very well defined dog.
The results were very disappointing, the dog images were pre-exposed onto the film, but were very faint, and on many photos were all but invisible, having been "drowned out" by the light areas in the scene. This indoor shot is the only one to clearly show a dog!
Friday, 14 October 2016
This bizarre novelty camera has pictures of dogs already imprinted on the negatives, with six different designs. Other than that it is a basic single use point and shoot camera.