Holga in Dundee

I found a couple of rolls of 120mm Kodak Tmax sitting in my desk that I had exposed almost a full year ago. Decided to get them out and developed. Always a nice surprise with film because you can never remember what you shot. These were shot on a Holga 120 GCFN film camera around January time, although the images of the Dundee council building coming down may have been more recent. June I think.



Ilford XP2 in the Olympus XA

These images were shot a while back on Ilford XP2 400 film. The film doesn’t produce the most contrasty black and white images you’ll ever see but the shadow details seem quite nice and the overall tone of the images seems pretty balanced. Whether that was the camera or the film is debatable.

Experimentation with the Lomography Sprocket Rocket

Photographs from the Sprocket Rocket on expired Kodak Gold 200 film. Some interesting colours and light leaks. Tweaked the saturation a little and some exposure settings but not a great deal. The colours really pop!

Tentsmuir Forest with the Sprocket Rocket

Found a roll of film I’d shot in the summer so thought it best to get it developed. These shots turned out to have been captured with my Sprocket Rocket camera on expired Kodak Gold film. The images have a strong blue hue to them and I’m wondering if this is caused by the film being out of date and possible stored in warm temperatures. When I bought the film it was from a car boot sale and was sitting on a table in direct blazing sunshine.

Testing the Recesky TLR Camera

The Recesky Twin Lens Reflex camera is essentially a clone of the GakkenFlex TLR camera. The GakkenFlex was originally given out as part of a kit with a Japanese photography magazine. The kit is no longer available new but the Recesky is the closest you’ll get to it and you can grab them on ebay for ¬£9 or there abouts. A bargain for anyone looking for their first dabble with a true TLR camera. I know, it’s hard to believe that it is a true TLR for the price.

The kit is relatively straight forward to put together despite the best efforts of the translated assembly instructions. One issue that may confuse is spring C is actually spring D and spring D is actually spring C, but you will work this out from the photograph in the instructions. All you need to put the camera together is a set of precision screw drivers, some patience and around 2 hours of your time depending on how your mind works.

The camera feels great to use. It’s tiny comparatively speaking. Because it is a 35mm camera the body is small and compact as you’ll gather when assembling it. The view finder is remarkably sharp for a camera of this nature and focusing isn’t an issue. There are reports of people having difficulties with turning the focusing lenses but actually if you screw them in right against the body you’ll breach the barrier that stops the lenses coming off the body when you turn them too far for closeup images. This is deliberate. Once the lens has been screwed into infinity they should turn a lot easier and will loosen up over time.

The images that you see on the left are shot on this camera. This was my first roll and that was an expired roll of Kodak Gold 200 that I found for 50p at a car boot sale. There are some hints of light leaks and some serious vignetting and loss of sharpness in the corners but this adds to the charm of the camera, and very much is the reason why it’s a favourite among Lomography fans.

It’s a lovely little project to keep you occupied for a few hours and it’s a pleasure to use. The shutter is snappy, giving you a 1/125 shutter speed. The aperture is f6 I think and the recommended film speed to use is 200 but the film speed really is the only variable you have to worry about.

Make no mistake though, this is in terms of build quality a terrible camera. I had issues with the film sprockets not catching on the sprocket gear but I managed to fix this by taping some thick paper to the back door over the sprocket gear to put pressure on the film. This worked a treat and the film advance mechanism works perfectly, but if you want to measure satisfaction based on how much fun you’ll have with it then it’s a no-brainer.

Glen Isla Test Shots with Bronica ETRSi

I shot these at the start of the year with my Bronica, I think it was my second roll through that particular camera and again was estimating exposures so these are the results of experimentation. Again composition isn’t that great as I was focusing on learning the camera.

Again these were shot on 120 Kodak TMax 400. What you see here are what came of the scanner. The only modification to the images is that some have been cropped to 1×1.

Developed my First 120 Film

I’ve been quite excited about shooting medium format film for a while and I finally got around to it with a few old medium format cameras. I’ve been waiting a while to actually get around to developing the rolls that I’ve shot and wanted to share the results of the first roll.

The actual process of developing 120mm black and white film is the same as the 35mm film, just with a bit more chemicals and a larger developing tank. A single 120mm film requires 590ml of developer, stopper and fixer. Almost twice the amount needed for regular 35mm film which is actually quite handy because it means that when you have 1l of fresh developer, the 310ml that’s left can be used for your 35mm film developing. It’s not a great idea to leave developer sitting too long, especially when you have air in your chemical containers the developer can go off over time, so it’s a good idea to try and coordinate your developing when you have some 120mm and 35mm film to develop.

So after 8 minutes of developing with agitation every minute for 10 seconds, stopping for 30 seconds with 30 seconds of agitation and fixing for 5 minutes with 10 seconds of agitation every 30 seconds, here are my first results. You can see that they are over exposed with the sky blown in most of them, but I was using the Sunny 16 rule and I think I did well overall. Once I get a light meter I’ll get better results. For the most part though these images are what I got straight out of the developing tank.

The Dacora I

Dacora I is a medium format folding camera made by Dacora and introduced in 1952. It is in the Dacora 120 film folding cameras series. The Subita was a folding camera with optical viewfinder for 120 film made by the German manufacturer Dacora. The Dacora 120 was a slightly more sophisticated version of it, and the Dacora I was the top model of the line.

This is the first bellows type camera I’ve owned and found it in a box from a family friends loft. No film inside, but mechanically seems sound so looking forward to putting some 120 through this and see what it can do.

Testing My Yashica Minister 3

This old worthless camera has been lying around gathering dust for a while so I thought I’d take it out and put a roll of film in it. I was given this camera by a family friend who was clearing out their loft and thought I’d make some use of it… let’s just pretend that’s what I’ve been doing since I received it.

The following images are the results. I was using the Sunny 16 rule as I did not have an exposure meter with me and I’m quite happy with the results. Some signs of light leaks here and there but nothing major. Interesting colour reproduction.