Category Archives: Analogue PHotography

Minolta Hi-Matic – Silly Mistake

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I bought this camera about 3 months ago from that auction site, cost me £6.51p, ($8.51 – €7.52) I was the only bidder. It’s the original 1962 model and came with a nice leather holdall, camera case, Actina lens hood, a lovely cable release and the Metz flash gun which had badly corroded batteries inside, but it’s also mains powered. After replacing the 1960’s 2 pin mains plug with a modern 3 pin the flash functioned as it should. The focusing is slightly stiff but got better with use, and the meter functions, good job as it’s an auto only camera. So I loaded it up with Eastman XX and went for a walk.

Serbian Orthodox Church #1
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My silly mistake was during processing the film, after the developer I poured in the stop bath, got distracted and poured in what I thought was the fixer solution, after a minute I realised I’d poured the developer back in, not a good thing to do with this film as it blows highlights really easily.

Serbian Orthodox Church #2
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19th-20th-21st century architecture
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The rangefinder seems accurate
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Sharp Lens
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100% crop from above
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Photina TLR (and Mimi !)
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Creepy
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The camera was good to use, I soon got used to the front shutter release. Will be taking this one out again soon, and will make sure to dev the film properly.

Riga – Olympus XA Ilford HP5+ #5

Riga Central Market

The market in my hometown (Leicester) is quite big and has been around for about 700 years. Riga central market on the other hand was opened in 1930, having been built in and around disused Zeppelin hangers.  It is enormous and a fantastic place to visit.

Hustle & Bustle
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A Quick Drag
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Day Dream
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Shall I or Shan’t I
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Two digital images from the Olympus EPL1
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Riga – Olympus XA Ilford HP5+ #4

Chez
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The shutter button on the Olympus XA is very sensitive and it’s easy to take an inadvertent shot, but I liked the way this one turned out.

Feline
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This women caught my eye ! while I was waiting for the tram.

Break
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A pair taking a well earned rest from all the hustle and bustle of lunchtime.

 

Canon T70 – Last Few

Used a B&W Red filter on these last few shots.

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The red filter darkens the leaves and foilage

No 3, next to the boxing club
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Y’s
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The Red filter also darkens skies and lightens red brickwork

Straight Curve
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Curve Theatre Leicester

Canon T70 #3

2 to try 1 to keep
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I’ve had the Konica MT9 and Olympus AF1 Super for about 8 years, only put a film through the Konica (8 years ago) and it seemed to have a good lens. Looking forward to trying the Olympus as it is reputed to have a similar lens to the Olympus Mju. The Minox was given to me in the early 1980’s by my great aunt, It’s an original Riga made camera but needs a service, and film is quite difficult to get so I will keep it for display only.

French Lavender
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This came out quite abstract looking, it must be the way the film records Green.

My favourite tree (yet again)
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This was taken with the Tamron 28mm 2.5