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International

I have been using a new to me Canon 7 recently as you may have guessed from my post here.  I have not done a full review as really I think there are plenty of articles about this camera and it’s brothers & sisters.

It is possibly the most fully featured rangefinder I have used and it is really nice.  I am debating whether I really need yet another rangefinder in my tool-set however and I am sure that debate will continue.

In the meantime I will continue to try it out and find out what (if anything) turns me off.

While I was at one of my customers before the whole lock-down thing came a long I took it on a lunchtime walk. I found this old truck parked in a residential area close by and took this close up image.  I like the way that there is just enough rust with the paintwork old and faded.  Part of me wonders if that is natural or through some clever technique to make it look just like that; maybe a bit of both.

Continue reading “International”

3D: light meter cover – Canon 7

Last time I talked about the 3D printer I said I was going to design and make a cover for the selenium meter on my Canon 7 rangefinder and here it is!…

IMAG1403 (Large)

Okay so I didn’t design it!

The world of 3D design and printing is fast moving and before I could get around to completing my design for a little cover someone else beat me to it. Continue reading “3D: light meter cover – Canon 7”

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”

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”

My Top Five (film cameras)

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)”

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”

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