I couldn’t resist, it was on that auction site at a £1.00. starting bid, but the postage was £5.00. (a bit steep) No one else bid so it was mine. I have always liked Ricoh cameras and this was a model I hadn’t seen before. It has a dual lens (35mm & 55mm) rather than a zoom, the flash can be turned off by a flicking a slider, there’s an infinity button and the viewfinder cover acts as the on/off switch. The camera is quite small and easily fits in a coat pocket, and an added bonus is that it takes two standard AA batteries.
Loaded it up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200asa and took it out with me on my walks to town.
Natural Green (35mm)
The light was quite tricky for this shot, sun and shade. I have found Agfa Vista 200 has a slight magenta cast, but the Ricoh coped well with the lighting conditions.
Brightening Up The Park (35mm)
More tricky lighting.
Pegs & Finials (55mm)
Having recently bought a Nikon TW zoom 35-70 and then donated it to a charity shop because of the really slow autofocus I didn’t know what to expect from the Ricoh, I needn’t have worried, it has one of the quickest autofocus systems of all of my compact cameras.
The film was developed by a local high street photo store, and scanned in by me on my Nikon Coolscan as near to neutral as I could get, with some contrast and sharpening adjustments in Lightroom to get rid of the digital fug.
These photographs are from my first visit to the island of Crete in 1990, can’t believe that’s 27 years ago !!!! All the images are from an Olympus OM2n film camera which I had just bought before the holiday. The film is Fujichrome 100.
Crete – Rethymnon Harbour
Church of Four Martyrs Rethymnon
One of the main reasons to visit Crete was to walk theSamaria Gorge(click the link if you would like to find out more)
On The Way to The Gorge
Approaching The Walk
My ex waving at me, in other words Get a Move On !
It was quite rough going in some parts of the gorge.
End of The Line – Agia Roumeli
It was a scorching hot day, I was glad when we reached Agia Roumeli so we could have a drink and a bite to eat, not to mention resting my feet. We caught the ferry from here back to the transport. I’m not very good on boats especially the flat bottomed variety, the Mediterranean can get quite choppy and it did, but it was an experience not to be missed.
Here are a few shots on film from my visit to theBotanic Gardensa couple of weeks ago. I took the Olympus OM1n together with 50mm and 24mm Zuiko lenses. The film was Rollei Superpan 200, first time I’ve used this emulsion, apparently it can have a near infrared look when the lighting permits (sunshine) so ever the optimist I used Red and Green filters on the lenses to see what they would give, of course the day was fairly dull ! I developed the film in Rodinal which due to it’s age has now acquired the colour of a mature burgundy wine, but it worked really well.
Main House (very grand)
50mm and Green filter
Take a Seat
Definitely a touch of the infrared, 50mm and Green filter
Got that infrared glow, 24mm with Red filter
50mm and Green Filter
24mm and Red filter
24mm Red filter
Looking forward to better weather so I can use some more of this film.
I did a quick count up of the 120 size film I had in the fridge, 24 Rolls. So thought it was time I used some of it and made a bit more space for food ! I bought the Photina in 1989 for about £18.00 from a now long gone photographic shop in Leicester. It’s in good condition but I wasn’t sure if the shutter was still ok. A roll of Ilford HP5 (expired in 2006) was loaded and a walk to Welford Road cemetery to test it out.
To focus the camera you need to turn the taking lens (lower) which is geared to the viewing lens (top). What I didn’t realise is that if you focus by turning the taking lens it is all to easy to move the shutter speed to the “B” setting.
This is at the “B” setting, I normally release the shutter button after I hear the click, so at least I got an image. I now know to focus using the viewing (top) lens and to check the shutter speed, in other words slow down. I quite like the slightly blurred image it has an old feel about it. The demineralised water certainly helped with the final rinse of the film, far fewer hickies.
The cats kept me company while I was scanning in the negatives.
It was bright and cold this morning so off to the town. Decided to pay a visit to where I used to live in my childhood. Haven’t been back for many years, and when I turned down the old street all the memories came back even though one side of the street is no longer there. My old house is still standing and it was great to see it, shame I had just filled the memory card up !!! but got a shot on a film camera.
Lets Hope Not
Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian, Polish, and Hungarian
Must give this place a visit, be nice to get some Latvian beer. The area has always been very cosmopolitan, one of the first delicatessen’s in Leicester was just around the corner, much to my mums delight.
The old computer that sits in the spare bedroom has got to go,(it’s still on Win98) The room needs decorating and it’s where I dry and scan my films. Checking the hard drive to see what was on there I came across a lot of images taken in 2006, these two in February, seems like 5 minutes ago.
VW Camper #1
VW Camper #2
Both taken on my Olympus OM2n with Zuiko 24mm early on a Sunday morning. We still had a really good photo lab in 2006, and if you dropped a film off it would be ready in a couple of hours.