I took this image on Kodak Tri-X with the Minolta X700 using the macro setting on the zoom lens.
I bought the little Agfa Paramat about 10 years ago, ran 1 roll of film through it to check it was working and then put it away. Thought it was about time for another outing. It’s a half frame camera, fully auto, if there’s enough light you see a green dot in the viewfinder, and a red dot if there isn’t. Focusing is by guesstimating although there are markings for Portrait, Group, and landscape. The fastest film speed the meter will handle is 200 asa, so I loaded it with Agfa Vista 200 and set off on a cold but very bright day to the Botanic Gardens.
I was really surprised given the age of the camera and the bright contrasty lighting how well it functioned.
My feeble attempt at a diptych !
About half way through the roll of film the wind on lever started to get tight, I guessed it must have been condensation as the film had been in the fridge and I probably hadn’t given it enough time to acclimatise, but all was OK. The local quick photo store had their film processor down so I sent the film off to FilmDev, they did a really great job, lovely clean negs and scans (their minimum size)
Thought it was about time the Holly Tree had a good pruning. With all the rain we have had this year it’s grown like mad and is blocking out a lot of light in my back room. So out came the ladder, and armed with a pruning saw, teetering at the top I managed to reduce it’s height without getting too horribly scratched up. Not quite a work of fine topiary but the room is now much brighter.
A few more film images from the Yashica Samurai.
Street Art With Waste Pipe
Behind The factory
I love the old Victorian factories in the city, lots of them are sadly being demolished to make way for bland apartment blocks, but some are being converted to living accommodation.
This was the central post office, I used to top up the franking machine here in the late 1970’s.
Thought it was about time the Yashica had another outing, bought this lovely camera around 10 years ago, and only ever put 1 roll of film through it. So when I met up with my photowalk buddies a couple of weeks ago I took it along loaded with some Kodacolor 200 that had expired in 2001. The Yashica is an auto only camera but has a 35 – 105mm zoom lens and through the lens viewfinder.
Really enjoyed using the Yashica, and considering how old the film was the results were pretty good. Think it deserves a fresh roll of film for it’s next outing.
The remaining images from my Konica AA35, considering the film got stuck in the processing machine at the shop I’m surprised so many came out OK.
Urban Pampas – Again !
Gravestone with Flash
Could Be Anywhere
Old & New
Day & Night
I could barely see an image on the Fancy Iron shot but the Nikon scanner managed to extract what there was. Really impressed with the Konica and with Kodak Colorplus. Another roll is already in the camera, hopefully it will have an uneventful journey through the processing machine when I take it in.
Same place a few days later with the Olympus OM2sp and Vivitar 19mm wide angle lens. Shot on Fuji Superia 200 (only just out of date) The wind on mechanism decided to stop working properly so I only got a few shots off this roll.
That Riviera Touch (Olympus OM2sp)
I think the Pen EE3 does a great job when compared to it’s full frame brother.
It was quite dull weatherwise on my walk into town today and I didn’t really feel that inspired. So I went to an area of the city that we used to go shopping when I was a kid and took a few shots with the Olympus OM40, it did lock up on me, but taking the batteries out and popping them back in sorted it. I’m guessing it’s the shutter magnets sticking, but I really like the camera so will see if I can pick up another from somewhere. After about an hour of arriving back home the sun started to come out, oh well.
I took my Olympus OM2sp with me when I was shooting these shots, but it didn’t feel quite right when winding on the film. Sure enough when I got the film back from processing it was winding on 2 to 3 frames at a time !!!! £99 for a complete overhaul. So I dug out my Olympus OM40 which had been put away because it refused to power up, cleaned the battery chamber even though it looked clean and it powered up yay. Took it with me to town today and although it was cold it worked perfectly. The OM40 hasn’t got the best reputation for reliability but I really like the viewfinder and ESP metering, we will see.
I managed to replace the light seals in my old Olympus Pen EE3 and it seems to have worked. Loaded up with Fuji Reala 100 asa expired 02-2003 and sent the film off to Filmdev this is the first time I’ve used this company. They are really friendly and helpfull.
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