Saturday, 19 March 2016
The Hanimex compact R is a neat little camera with a coupled rangefinder and a shutter priority automatic exposure system. It also has full manual override, with shutter speeds going down to 1/8th second, which is a better range than many similar cameras of this era. I've loaded it with Agfa Vista ISO 200 film from Poundland.
The Kiev 10 is the forerunner of the Kiev 15 that I used in the first year of my project. Both share a unique lens mount, and lenses which have no aperture control on them, the aperture is set by a control on the camera body. The metal focal plane shutter is an unusual fan design.
There is an automatic exposure system, but sadly on this example the coupling between the body and the lens is broken, so not only does the auto exposure not work, but there is no way of using the lens other than at full aperture.
Although the film is only a couple of years past its sell by date, there is clear evidence of backing paper markings on all the frames, but most noticeable in areas of sky, as in this photo of the Wolseley Road Mosque in Sheffield.
Friday, 11 March 2016
Kodak made Vest Pocket "VP" cameras for a number of years, this is one of the later versions. An earlier "VP" was dubbed the "Soldiers' Camera" as many were taken on active service during World War One. This is a very simple camera, it has a single shutter speed plus "B", there are four numbered apertures provided by Waterhouse stops. I loaded it with some expired Efke 100 black and white negative film.
Although this is an automatic camera, it's fairly crude, with a single aperture being determined by the film speed, and the shutter speed automatically set according to the light level. I decided to stick to manual mode when I used it.
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
At getting on for 60 years old, the Durst Automatica is one of the earliest cameras to have an automatic exposure system, albeit fairly crude by modern standards. Durst are best know for making darkroom equipment, but they did produce a handful of cameras as well. This one seems to work OK, though I think I'll stick to manual, as I'm not sure I trust the auto exposure.