After scanning in some old slides from the 1980’s see:- (turning vintage) and being impressed with the quality of the Pentacon, f3.5, 30mm lens I managed to get another copy (gave the last one to a friend when I updated my camera gear to Olympus)
I have an adaptor for M42 to Canon ef, I like the plastic Canon as it has focus confirmation, very good for my ageing eyes. I found that when I focused the lens at infinity the mirror wouldn’t return until I turned the lens to a closer focus distance. Loaded the Canon with a roll of TMax 400 that had expired in June 1994 that I found lurking at the back of the fridge. Developed the film in Adox Adonal at 1-100 dilution, and used semi-stand method for 60 mins. The results were not too bad considering the age of the film, and I know It wasn’t always fridge stored (my fridge isn’t that old !)
All You Need Is Love
This was taken on a very dark path leading to the arboretum, lens wide open. I have yet to post process the other images, spot removal, a bit of contrast, and sharpening, hopefully should be able to run them through LightRoom over the weekend, although I’m out tonight with my buddies for a Beer & Curry evening.
Canon EOS 500n, really like this combination of the Canon and my old Helios lens. Now I’m getting older my eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be, but the Canon gives me focus confirmation which really helps. I loaded the camera with Kodacolor 200 which had expired in 2001 and rather than getting it developed at the fast photo outlet in town I sent it off to the excellent FilmDev lab, what a difference.
These images were taken back in March.
Just Before Spring
Considering the long out of date film I was really pleased with the images.
Last few from the Canon taken in my garden using the lovely Helios lens and an extension tube. It was really hard to focus with such a narrow depth of field and my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.
Musk Mallow (Malva moschata rosea)
I have to admit I needed to look up this flower as it was a self setter. The Bees really like it.
Can’t get these to grow where I want them, they seem to prefer the gaps between the paving slabs, so I guess they like a sandy soil.
I enjoyed using the Canon 500n especially with the Helios lens, it deserves another outing with some fresh film.
My buddy who kindly donated his Nikon FM2 to me also gave me a Canon EOS 500n body. I don’t have any Canon autofocus lenses so I bought a M42 adapter so I could use my old Helios 58mm lens. The adapter also gives focus confirmation and infinity focus. There was a film in the camera, a very old Kodacolor 200.
Prawn, cheese, and wholemeal roll, nicotine tablets, and apple & mango juice.
Lavender in My Garden
Statue of the Rev. Robert Hall (2 May 1764 – 21 February 1831) was an English Baptist minister from Arnesby, Leicestershire.
The camera has got some useful features, and considering the film was very much past it’s expiry date I quite like the colour shifts.
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