Category Archives: Old Camera

Ricoh Shotmaster Ultra Dual #1


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. 


Photina Reflex

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.

Lomo in the chemists #5

The last 2 images from the Lomo (the film tore when rewinding and I lost a few frames)

That Dickensian Look
About 5 seconds after I took this shot a chap came out of the house and asked “can I help you ?” I said I really liked the house as it stood out from the crowd, “my son chose the colour scheme” he said defensively, great I said, well done. As I walked further on I noticed there was a Blue plaque on the side of the house to say Edward Thomas Loseby, clock maker once lived there.  There’s a Loseby Lane in Leicester which I guess could be named after his ancestors. 

Can’t resist flakey paint.

Lomo in the chemists


I bought this Zenith Lomo about 15 years ago from a chemists shop for £8.00p. It was one of those lovely old fashioned shops, the owner being an active member of the local photographic community, and he always had a few cameras and lenses for sale in the window. Sadly he passed away sometime ago and the shop which is still a chemists has become like all the other aluminium windowed shops. I have only used the Lomo once or twice and liked it’s vignetting and the weird colours it produces sometimes.

Thought it was about time it had another outing. While loading the camera I noticed the light seals are disintegrating and really need replacing. After finishing the film it promptly tore in half during rewinding, so into the changing bag and after some cussing I managed to get most of the film back into the cassette.

Suburban Blues


Agfa Vista 200asa