Saturday, 27 February 2016
The Smena 8M is one of a long line of work-horse 35mm cameras made in the Soviet Union over several decades. I have used a number of models from the range, and the shutters all seem to work fine, unlike some of the European budget cameras of the same era.
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
This is a simple faux-panoramic camera. It uses standard 35mm film, and masks the film plane to give a letterbox format. There were many variations of this type of simple camera, often identical models would be badged by different manufacturers. I've used a few variants in the past, but not this particular design.
Monday, 15 February 2016
This was shot semi-blind, I didn't fancy laying down on the wet grass, so I held the camera at a low level and did my best to aim it. I used a fairly wide aperture, and set the focus to the minimum distance, on order to throw the background out of focus.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
The Diax is a neat little 35mm camera, made in Germany in the late 1940s. It has a full range of shutter speeds and a Xenar lens. I found this one in a posh charity shop, and paid £39.99 for it, which wasn't a bargain, but it was for a good cause. It is in very good condition, and all seems to function as it should.
I loaded it with a part roll of expired Jessops PAN400 SX black and white negative film.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
This is a little plastic point and shoot, that is a notch up from the very basic models. It has a hot shoe for flash, and three different apertures, identified by symbols. Thesr is a fixed shutter speed, and no focussing, but the choice of apertures should make it usuable in winter daylight.
I've loaded it with a roll of Agfa Vista ISO 200 film from Poundland.
Monday, 1 February 2016
One of my regular subjects, a horse chestnut tree in my local park. The "Nightbird" is a redscaled film, allegedly rated at 500 to 800 ISO, but it seems that really it should be rated at ISO 50, and all my photos were very under-exposed.