Category Archives: Old Camera

Agfa Paramat #1

26-02-18

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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.

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I was really surprised given the age of the camera and the bright contrasty lighting how well it functioned.

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My feeble attempt at a diptych !

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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)

 

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Praktica Super TL #2

09-01-18

A few more images from the heavyweight Praktica Super TL with well out of date colour film.

Easter Island !
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Keeping Time
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Silver Birch Catching The Morning Light
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Polarised
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I used a Polarising filter on this shot and it gave a night time feel to the image.

Short Back & Sides
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My Obsession 
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This fencing sits around a lovely old large house which is currently empty awaiting conversion to apartments !!!!!! Can’t resist photographing parts of the fence line almost every time I walk past. 

I’ve just ordered some fresh colour film, wish I could afford Kodak Porta, maybe in the spring ?

Praktica Super TL

06-01-17

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I bought this camera a couple of years ago but hadn’t used it because the original 50mm lens (Meyer Optik Görlitz) was well and truly gummed up, didn’t mind too much as it was from a charity and wasn’t expensive. So when my sister dropped in the Zenit 19  for me to look at I used the Bell & Howell 35-105mm macro zoom lens that came with it to test out the Praktica. I had some Kodacolor 200 film that came with another camera, I had no idea how old it was and judging by the results it was well past it’s best. 

What A Relief
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Alternate Universe
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Keeping Watch
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Winter Eye
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The camera weighs a ton with the zoom lens, but I enjoyed using it. The lens is very good, think it’s made by Tokina. 

Zenit 19 (House Brick !)

23-12-17

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My sister bought the Zenit 19 from a charity shop for £10.00p hoping it would be a good starter film camera for my niece, and would I try it out to see if it works. I’d never seen this model before, it’s quite old but has some good features, shutter speed to 1/ 1000th of a second and stop down metering. The bad thing about it is that it should take two PX625 mercury batteries, I used 675 hearing aid batteries and a coil of silicon tube to hold them in place. The Zenit weighs a ton and the meter is really slow to react compared to a more modern film camera.

It came with a Bell & Howell 35-105mm zoom lens, which looks very similar if not the same as a Tokina. I decided to try it with my newer version Helios 58mm lens and a roll of Kodacolor 200, expired in 2001. The hardest part was trying to find a day with some semi reasonable weather.

Still Clinging On
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Contre Jour Cafetiere & Hands
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Watchful Eye 
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Bokeh and Barbwire
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St Stephens & Winter Sky
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Barbwire & Snow
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Captured Star
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Knot & Ice
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Not really a camera for a beginner, although I really enjoyed using it. Managed to get a Pentax Z50p with 28- 80mm af zoom lens for my my niece for only a couple of pounds more than the Zenit, it should be a lot easier for her to use, it’s certainly a lot lighter ! 

Coronet Rapier #2

16-11-17

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Ratae Corieltauvorum is the Roman name of the city I live in, the town has a long history and this structure is the Jewry Wall a part of a Roman bath house. There is a museum on the site which is being refurbished but no date for it’s completion. 

Inner City Skyline
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Fomapan 200, Ultrafin Developer, 7.5 mins @ 20 C

Coronet Rapier #1

14-11-17

I scanned the negatives from the Coronet Rapier and was pleased with the results, especially as the developer was 20 years old. But there are things I need to improve on, like wearing disposable gloves when loading the film onto the developing spiral, there were finger marks on some of the frames (I’m guessing mine), use hardener in the fixer solution to toughen up the film emulsion, and buy some Tak clothes to get the dust off the glass on the scanner.

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Figaro
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Corrado
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Considering it’s a 1 element fixed focus lens and the camera has only 1 shutter speed, I thought it did very well. In it’s day it was sold as a family snapshot camera, place the subject 6 feet away in the centre of the viewfinder with the sun behind the photographer, and you had an acceptable photo for the family album.

Fomapan 200, Ultrafin Developer, 7.5 mins @ 20 C