Tag Archives: Film Camera

3 Film Cameras #1

14-04-18

Over the last few weeks I’ve been shooting some film on the few bright days we have had.

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The 3 beasties, they are sitting on an album by a great band called “Snowapple” (click the Link to have a listen) I saw them a few years ago when they were the support for the brilliant “Handsome Family” and was blown away by their performance.

Samsung AF Slim
I bought this camera in 2002 to take on my first road trip to France. I wanted a camera I could easily carry around when I didn’t feel like lugging an SLR. Thought It could do with another outing.

Click on the images for a larger view.

The Samsung worked well after it’s long slumber, but I didn’t quite gel with it. It’s great to slip in a pocket and has a macro function, I’ll have to give it another try.

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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)

 

Coronet Rapier #2

16-11-17

Ratae Corieltauvorum
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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.

Tombstone
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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

Konica Lexio 70W

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Put a couple of rolls of film through this Konica in September for the first time. I bought the camera about 2-3 years ago for £7.99p, It didn’t look as if it had been used very much at all, It came with a case, the instruction manual and original box. 

The weather was really dull when I used the camera, and the film I was using had an expiry date of 2001, so there were some strange colour shifts on some of the shots, but I don’t mind that.

Workplace Plastic Chair & Graffiti 
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Down By The River
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The water wasn’t this colour, but I like the effect.

Footbridge
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This was more like the true colour of the water.

Old Factory
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The factory is still be used

Nature & Water
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On the Turn To Autumn Colours
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This was taken on a brighter day near to home.

I’ve seen a couple of reviews for this camera which really didn’t rate it that much. Well I like the camera, 28-70mm zoom lens, part metal clad body, and you can switch the flash off.

Mimi and the last Rose

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It’s not often Mimi is still when she’s out in the garden but something had caught her eye and she was mesmerised for a while.

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The last Rose in bloom in my garden, it flowered late because of the poor summer we have had here in the UK. Here’s hoping for better weather next year.

These images were taken with my Chinon CPX film camera with a Chinon 28mm lens, I really like the way film can capture colour and texture.