Monday, 28 February 2011
The Kodak Instamatic range is normally associated with very basic point and shoot cameras, but there were a handful of more high spec models, and this one is the top of the range. It has a Xenar lens and a Compur shutter, with a built in coupled Selenium cell exposure meter which still seems to work.
The main problem with using these cameras is that the 126 cartridge format is long obsolete, and one has to rely on using old film. There was an unopened film in my dad's garage, which expired in 1993, and I've loaded that into the camera, it remains to be seen whether there is any life left in it!
Sunday, 27 February 2011
This film, which I have never used before, is extremely curly, some of the softness is probably due to the film not being flat during scanning, though the limited depth of field is also a factor.
reflected self-portrait with Leidox camera and silly hat, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Friday, 18 February 2011
stereo-pair reflected self-portrait with Wray Stereo Graphic camera and Turkish hat, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
I'll develop it in the next few days, but the main reason I wanted the film was for the reel and the backing paper, so I can re-spool it with some un-perforated 35mm film.
Monday, 14 February 2011
This is the same arrangement as the Iloca camera that I used in week 9, but that camera is considerably bulkier, though it does have full range shutters and better lenses.
The Wray has a fixed shutter speed (approx 1/50th, plus "B") and has four Waterhouse stop style apertures from f5.6 to f16.
Friday, 11 February 2011
reflected self-portrait with Lubitel 2 and Russian hat (flaps down), originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
Thursday, 10 February 2011
I last put a film in this camera in the mid 1970s. I bought it new in around 1974 (the serial number shows that it was made in 1973). At the time it was very cheap for a twin lens reflex. I think that the 30 year expired film I used in week 52 would have been bought for use in this camera, this time I've loaded it with Shanghai GP3.
reflected self portrait with Ilford Sportsmaster and jester's hat, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
You can clearly see that I am using the last of the four shutter releases, this one is marked with a symbol for portraits.
The camera is fully automatic, and the natural light level was low, so this wold have been at full aperture, f2.8
I knew this was coming, so ordered a Tetenal C41 kit, to take the plunge and try developing my own colour films. It should have been here by now, but the suppliers have accidentally sent it to Ireland by mistake! I took last week's film to the local Jessops for developing and scanning, and the results are OK, but their "auto-correct everything" software produces variable results.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
I've had this camera for ages, I can't remember where it came from, possibly a car boot sale, I've never used it before.
The Sportsmaster has an unusual feature - there is no focusing ring, but it has four shutter releases, each one for a different distance, when the button is pressed, the lens is moved forward to a preset position. There is a built in selenium exposure meter which can be used in a fully automatic mode.
Having loaded it, I've found that the exposure counter doesn't work, so I'll have to try to keep track of how many I've taken.
It's only Wednesday, so I've selected another camera. The show must go on!