Here are my favourite shots from this year in no particular order
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.
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’”
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”
So this year I got close to owning 50 cameras. I know there are those that own way more than that (or have) but for me it’s just a little too many. To settle this, I have been trying to whittle the numbers down and pass some cameras on to new owners; I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be and for some of them its a painful experience to let go.
It’s also not helped by me continuing to acquire more 😀
In the process though I am identifying the few cameras that I really like, use regularly and expect to do so more going forward. Those few will get (or already have had) a CLA so I can be sure they are in good shape to provide me with years of enjoyment and reliability.
So what are those few favourites and why do I like them?
In no particular order…. Continue reading “My Top Five (film cameras)”
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”
I decided to spend much of 2019 shooting the stock of 36 various films I have in stock and hope to shoot all of them before the end of the year.
The first film was already loaded in my Voigtländer Prominent (currently fitted with the Ultron 50mm 2.0 lens) and was the Fuji Pro 400 film.
I decided that as I was heading to the West of LA anyway for an evening get-together with Cameras and Beer, I would spend an hour or two at the Getty Center. They were running an exhibition of Sally Mann that I was keen to visit and also I love the architecture around the Getty.