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36 Films 2019

Cameras: Kodak 35 ‘special’

I bought this camera a few months ago from Goodwill and it has sat on my shelf since then; mostly due to the fact that the focusing ring appeared to be seized.  I kept picking it up and considering whether to try to take it apart and see what was wrong but each time ended up just putting it back on the shelf.

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Then one day whilst pondering this camera I was thinking of ways to try to get the lens to move by applying the right pressure – I considered pliers (with rubber over the tips) and other means of gripping the front of the lens. I picked up a small rubber disk that was somehow conveniently on my desk at the time and with it in the palm of my hand pushed the front of the lens into it and tried to twist – it moved!  I tried again and moved it more; after a couple of minutes I had managed to release it enough to be able to focus fairly easily.  Now I had no excuses, it was time to try it out. Continue reading “Cameras: Kodak 35 ‘special’”

Out in the country with the Petri

I took these a while ago and hadn’t posted them until now.  They were shot with the Petri 2.8 Color Super on Fuji Pro 400 and came out a little on the hazy side for some reason and I hesitated to share.

I suspect that the lens has some issues which weren’t fully apparent previously which I guess a good clean might resolve. Continue reading “Out in the country with the Petri”

Expired film in Mamiya C330

As I have mentioned before my Mamiya C330 is living on borrowed time due to a small gear wearing out in the winding mechanism; a gear that is no longer available for replacement.

I recently bought a replacement an here are a few shots from the first roll (#25).  I used an expired roll of Ektachrome and used the +1 stop for each decade rule to compensate the exposure. Continue reading “Expired film in Mamiya C330”

Mamiya 35 Executive

As well as being roll 22 and 24 of my 36, this is also a review on another new to me camera; the Mamiya 35 Executive.

I am not really sure why I bought this as I have several other 35mm rangefinders two of which are very good and my ‘favourite’ brand.  But Mamiya is also a trusted brand for me and when browsing recently to find a replacement for my soon-to-be-dead Mamiya C330, I stumbled across this.  It wasn’t cheap so I can’t use that to justify my purchase.

I didn’t actually know that Mamiya made 35mm rangefinders and so seeing this, I was intrigued.  Continue reading “Mamiya 35 Executive”

A change in direction…

At the beginning of this year I started a project to shoot all the film I had in stock which amounted to about 36 rolls.  I am three quarters through the year and pretty much on target for what I set out to do.

However, although it has been interesting and I have shot a lot of film through a small selection of my cameras, I think I am going to slow down and pretty much call an end to the project.

I have come to realize that I am trying to shoot rolls just for the purpose of keeping up with the project and as a result I am somewhat wasting rolls (as well as time and money) achieving a goal which is not about creating quality images.  Some of the images I have posted recently have been great but I think many were posted just to show that I shot a roll and they are below the standard of quality and interest that I would like to present.  I also don’t think I have giving anyone interesting in terms of my experience or learning through the process.

I will keep shooting but it will be in my own time and not trying to achieve an unnecessary goal set by myself.

With a baby under 4 months getting quality photography time is hard and so the opportunity for taking good pictures is limited; this just makes me shoot things for shooting’s sake and that’s not my goal.  I could go out and spend time taking the sorts of pictures I like but I would rather spend time with my family.  Also, many of the pictures I want to take right now are of my family and I rarely share those images here.

So, I will keep posting images and sharing (hopefully) interesting things but not in the same way or rate and if I happen to shoot 36 rolls, great – if not, I don’t care.

In the meantime, here is am image I shot recently using Ilford Pan F Plus in my 1937 Voigtländer Bessa folding camera (roll 23). Continue reading “A change in direction…”

The Thirty Six: Film #21

I shot a roll of Fuji Pro 400 using a new camera acquisition in the form of the Mamiya 35 Executive; I’ll do a full review of the camera in a later post when I have shot another roll (or two) through it.
In the meantime this roll came out really good and I’m very happy with the results that this camera returned.

I shot some of the film on the streets around where I work just capturing scenes that I saw.

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #21”

The Thirty Six: Film #20

This the second film from the recent UK trip (see the first here).  I took used a roll of Ilford FP4 this time; one of my favourite black and white films.

I only took the one film camera on this trip so again this is using the Voigtländer Prominent.

Took these around the beach are at Southsea Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #20”

The Thirty Six: Film #19

I went on a trip back home to the UK last month and took my Voigtländer Prominent with me.  I started the trim with a roll of Porta 400.

The first day my daughter and I went to Bletchley Park famous for the code breakers during WWII.  It’s an interesting place with lots to learn about. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #19”

The Thirty Six: Film #18

Half way through this project now and I am pretty much on track for the year.  I am struggling a little with motivation  as I am shooting the same films a lot ( particularly in 35mm) and I’d like to shoot something else (guess I should have bought a more varied stock).  A few of these films I just don’t like as they seem to not really fit well with my subject matter and as a result I am reluctant to shoot them – ideally I’d like to swap the Kosmo Foto and/or the Fomapan for some Ilford or Portra – any takers on a 2 for 1?

I realized this week that somehow my blog settings had got changed so that it prevented any comments on recent posts; it’s fixed now. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #18”

The Thirty Six: Film #17

As (sort of) mentioned here, my Mamiya developed a fault and has been away for repair.  The bad news is that the part it needs is no longer available but the good news is they managed to get it working anyway; who knows for how long, it could be one roll or twenty so while I hunt down a replacement I will get as much out of it as I can.

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As such here is a roll of very expired Kodak Ektar (EPP) 400 Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #17”

The Thirty Six: Film #16

Like the Voigtländer Prominent, my Miranda Sensorex  has just had a CLA and for it’s first run out I used FujiPro 400 film.

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #16”

The Thirty Six: Film #15

Just got my Prominent back from a full CLA and slapped a roll of Kosmofoto in there as soon as I got it home.

Decided to underexpose this roll slightly as previously I have struggled with the extreme contrast of this film with blown out highlights – I think it prefers the northern Europe weather. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #15”

The Thirty Six: Film #14

I shot this roll of FujiPro 400 over a few weeks as I didn’t manage a full photo walk and shoot it in one go.  I used the Vitomatic II for this as my Prominent and Sensorex are both away for a service at the moment and it’s been a while since I used this one anyway (I was also inspired by a few recent posts and comments on 35mmc).

Still like this camera and it remains a favourite especially for travel as it is compact and self contained.

As a result there is a range of subject matter… Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #14”

The Thirty Six: Film #13

Roll 13 was another outing for the little Vito C which is now light-leak free.  Actually I loaded this roll of FujiFilm Fuji Pro 400 a few weeks ago and took a shot here and there which is how I am likely to use this camera going forward; just a camera to keep handy.

Mid-century house in my neighbourhood

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #13”

The Thirty Six: Film #12

My Bessa got another outing, this time on a weekend trip to Monterey, CA.  I decided to shoot Ilford Delta 100 and both the camera and film performed well.

The Lone Cyprus

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #12”

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