Friday, 19 September 2014
The Olympus XA series were very popular, and the XA2 in particular is easily found for very little money. Arguably the XA is the top of the range, with a coupled rangefinder and aperture prioity automatic exposure, together with a 35mm f2.8 lens. My own favourite of the series is the XA4, which, while it is fully automatic with no manual over-ride, has an f2.8 28mm lens, and focuses down to 30cm.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
The Brownie Cresta 3 was made between 1960 and 1965 and was one of the workhorses of family holiday snapshots well into the 1970s.
This one was £2 at a local market, and was in its original box and still had a film in it. The film was on exposure 11 out of 12, so I wound on, took the last frame and then developed the film to see what was on it.
In addition to my photo, there were some grossly underexposed indoor shots, presumably taken without flash, and a number of photos of 2 young women standing in a garden.
The film was Kodacolor II, which was introduced in 1973, so the photos must have been taken after that date, but the style of dress suggests they were taken in the 1970s. Here's an example:
The price written on the camera box is £2-2-5 (2 pounds, 2 shillings and 5d), so it must have been sold before decimalisation was introduced in 1971.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Taken indoors, with daylight from a window, this one was taken at almost maximum aperture, I took a couple of shots with the focus slightly different as there is no indication of the actual distance, just pictograms for portrait, group, scenery etc.
The lens seems quite sharp, with a fixed shutter speed of around 1/100th second, and using ISO400 film, most of the time I was using a small aperture, which will have helped the depth of field and reduced the impact of any focusing errors.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
I rediscovered this little 35mm compact in one of my boxes of "junk" cameras and decided it deserved closer inspection. The lens is protected when not in use by a swing up cover which incorporates the built in flash. There is zone focusing, and a weather symbol dial which controls the aperture, though no f numbers are given. There appears to be a fixed shutter speed, I guess around 1/100th sec.
I've loaded it with Rollei RPX400 B&W film, so I will need to avoid bright sunlight as this would probably lead to over-exposure.