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.

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.

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.