Well I seem to have cured the hickey (UK definition !) problem by filtering the D76 developer before mixing it 1 to 1 with demineralised water, only a few spots on the negatives.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been using an Olympus 35DC, a fully auto compact rangefinder camera. The weather has been really mixed so I loaded it with Ilford HP5+ and pushed it to 800asa, the maximum the camera will set. It has a nice 40mm f1.7, 6 element lens, and is surprisingly heavy for a small camera.
After scanning in some old slides from the 1980’s see:- (turning vintage) and being impressed with the quality of the Pentacon, f3.5, 30mm lens I managed to get another copy (gave the last one to a friend when I updated my camera gear to Olympus)
I have an adaptor for M42 to Canon ef, I like the plastic Canon as it has focus confirmation, very good for my ageing eyes. I found that when I focused the lens at infinity the mirror wouldn’t return until I turned the lens to a closer focus distance. Loaded the Canon with a roll of TMax 400 that had expired in June 1994 that I found lurking at the back of the fridge. Developed the film in Adox Adonal at 1-100 dilution, and used semi-stand method for 60 mins. The results were not too bad considering the age of the film, and I know It wasn’t always fridge stored (my fridge isn’t that old !)
All You Need Is Love
This was taken on a very dark path leading to the arboretum, lens wide open. I have yet to post process the other images, spot removal, a bit of contrast, and sharpening, hopefully should be able to run them through LightRoom over the weekend, although I’m out tonight with my buddies for a Beer & Curry evening.
Arranged to meet the PhotoBuddies on Friday for a walk around the town, but the weather was awful so we ended up coffee drinking and going to the Peace Cafe for some homemade soup and ciabatta, it was very good.
Earlier in the week I finished off a roll of expired Fuji Reala 100 that I had run through my Pentax MX. I was impatient to know if the camera was working OK so had the film processed by the local High Street quick photo store. What a difference compared to a professional lab, lots of scratches and an overall green tint that took a bit of tweaking in Lightroom to tame. Fuji Reala seems to have a natural bias towards Green and is quite soft and muted.
Hope to be using this over the next few weeks.
Even using digital ICE on the scanner couldn’t eliminate the scratches.
In The Garden
I will try and curb my impatience and send all future rolls of colour film to the professional lab.
I bought this camera over 10 years ago, ran a roll of film through it and put back on the shelf, I wasn’t that impressed with the images, they looked flat and grainy to me. So I thought it deserved another chance to redeem itself. The camera has a fixed 40mm lens protected from the elements by a permanently attached glass filter, and a rubber covered waterproof/shockproof body. I loaded it with some fresh Fuji C200 and took it with me on one of my walks to the local arboretum and into town.
I have changed my opinion about the Konica, the results this time were really good. A lot of this has to do with the developing and scanning by FilmDev their service is excellent and very quick, I opted for the smallest scans for these images. So if it’s raining (most likely) when I go out, I’ll take the Konica with me.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been shooting some film on the few bright days we have had.
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.
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.
I was really surprised given the age of the camera and the bright contrasty lighting how well it functioned.
My feeble attempt at a diptych !
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)
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.
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.
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.
Shoot a film roll underexposed, send it to an enthusiast in the other corner of the world through snailmail. Let them reload and reshoot the film, again underexposing. Get the film processed and create bizarre cross country double exposures! We are on more social networks than you can imagine. Contact us at to join the fun on your preferred network.