Category Archives: Ilford HP5+

Photina Reflex

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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.

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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.
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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.

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The cats kept me company while I was scanning in the negatives.

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Nikon F801s – 20mm af Nikkor

Thought it was about time the Nikon F801s had a workout with the 20mm Nikon af lens which had just been repaired as it had decided it wasn’t going to stop down. I have never been impressed with this lens’s performance. So I loaded up the camera with some Ilford HP5+ rated it at 1600 asa and set off on a walkabout. Of course it was very bright and sunny, I alternated between a red filter and a polariser, the Nikon has a top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second and it easily dealt with the 1600 asa (and I really wanted to try push processing) The photo’s are nothing special but achieved what I wanted, to see if that 20mm lens was worth keeping.

Victoria Park War Memorial , designed by Edwin Lutyens


Statue of Robert Hall – Baptist Minister
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Around The Town


King Richard and the cathedral

Well I’m not impressed with the Nikon 20mm lens, very soft edges, I have a Vivitar 19mm 3.8 which I use on the Olympus OM’s and it’s almost as sharp but with slightly more distortion, and was considerably cheaper. I don’t make many adjustments to my neg scans, a little bit of gentle sharpening and a very small curves adjustment to counter the digital fuzz. Had to work on these a lot more, so I think it’s going to be traded in, probably for some lovely Olympus glass.

Olympus OM40 re-scan #2

Lionsgate
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Olympus OM40 – Zuiko 24mm 2.8

I really love my Nikon scanner but it picks up every little detail (as it should) and every spec of dust. Colour is not such a problem as I can switch in the dust and scratches filter and grain reduction just like the photo labs.