Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Week 356 - Zeiss Ikon Ikomatic A

Zeiss Ikon Ikomatic A
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.

photo from week 355 - Minolta Autopak 600-X

Miro's Studio
This is the exterior of the studio of the artist Joan Miro. I thought the square elements of the building fitted well with the square format of 126.

Monday, 24 October 2016

photo from week 355 - Minolta Autopak 600-X

reflected self-portrait with Minolta Autopak 600-X camera and royal crown
Indoor mirror self-portraits can be a challenge for 126 cameras, but this one has focussing, and exposure control, so it coped fine in the relatively low light.

photo from week 355 - Minolta Autopak 600-X

Palma Marathon & Cathedral
I took the Minolta to Palma, Mallorca. This was taken near the finishing line for the Palma Marathon, and shows an award ceremony with the cathedral in the background.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Week 355 - Minolta Autopak 600-X

Minolta Autopak 600-X
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

photo from week 354 - "Dogs show up in every photo" - Novelty Camera

Palma tower with ghost dog
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.

photo from week 354 - "Dogs show up in every photo" - Novelty Camera

reflected self-portrait with "Dogs show up in every picture" camera
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

Week 354 - "Dogs show up in every photo" - Novelty Camera

"Dogs show up in every photo" - Novelty Camera
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.

Monday, 10 October 2016

photo from week 353 - Exakta TL 500

reflected self-portrait with Exakta TL500 camera and decorated Fez (square crop)
No problems using an SLR indoors, this was shot at f2.8

photo from week 353 - Exakta TL 500

window drawings
Childrens' drawings on the windows of the Crucible Theatre, shot at full aperture to throw the background out of focus.

photo from week 353 - Exakta TL 500

Empty Crucible
This was taken in the dimly lit Crucible auditorium, I braced the camera against a seat for the 1 second exposure.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Week 353 - Exakta TL 500

Exakta TL 500
The TL 500 is one of the last "Exakta" range, it bears little relation to the original Exakta SLRs, and this one even has an M42 lens mount instead of the Exakta bayonet. It's in good working order, but not of any particular interest.

Monday, 3 October 2016

photo from week 352 - Le Clic Caption Camera

Park Hill Elephant (Congratulations)
One of the "Herd of Sheffield" elephants, seen here outside Park Hill Flats.

photo from week 352 - Le Clic Caption Camera

Deck Chairs (Merry Christmas)
"Merry Christmas" was maybe not the most appropriate caption for this shot, unless of course you live in Australia!

photo from week 352 - Le Clic Caption Camera

Eric & Ollie (It's a boy)
The numbers that indicate the caption chosen are very small and seem to be worn away as well, so caption choice was a bit hit and miss. This time I got lucky with a photo of my grandson.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Week 352 - Le Clic Caption Camera

Le Clic Caption Camera
This is a point and shoot camera with the added feature of being able to select 12 different captions to appear on the negative.