Thursday, 30 October 2014
The Eastar S2 is a Chinese made 35mm film rangefinder camera produced from 1965 to 1990 by the Tianjin Camera Factory. It uses a coated Eastar f=50mm 1:2.8 lens and a viewfinder with coupled rangefinder and parallax-corrected bright frame. It has a leaf shutter with speeds from 1 sec. to 1/300 sec. and PC-type flash synchronization. It uses a cold shoe for holding strobes. The film counter rest on top of the film advance lever. Film rewinding is with a folding crank on top of the body. It has a self-timer and was delivered with a case.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
This was £2 in a charity shop, it has two focal lengths, 38mm and 65mm, there is auto-focus and full auto-exposure. It was in its original box, with a price label of £179.99 - a lot of money in the 1980s. Luckily it came with a battery, which would otherwise have cost several times what I paid for the camera. I've loaded it with a roll of Agfa Vista ISO400 from Poundland.
Another outdoor shot at the annual sculpture show at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. The piece in the foreground is called "Wingblade".
There is a "B" setting, but no cable release socket, so I opened the shutter with a piece of black card in front of the lens, before taking up my position for the 2 minute exposure. I used the smallest of the three stop in order to maximise depth of field as there is no way of focusing the lens. The subject movement during the long exposure is all too evident!
Although the film is still in date, it shows evidence of deterioration, with backing paper markings being visible, and some mottling, nevertheless the nonagenarian Brownie performed well.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
The No.2 Brownie was introduced in 1903, and continued in production until 1931, the design evolved over the years, though it remained recognisably the same camera. This particular iteration was made between 1920 and 1924, making this camera at least 90 years old. According to one source, this was the first camera to take 120 film.
Monday, 6 October 2014
The Nuvis 75 uses the short-lived and now obsolete APS format. I think I paid about £2 for this one, and I really only bought it as it came with a couple of films which I intended to use in one of my more sophisticated APS cameras. Since I was given a supply of APS film earlier this year, I now feel able to use it in the more pedestrian APS models in my collection.
This is the closest I've come yet to a complete failure in my camera of the week project. The shutter was firing OK when I checked the camera prior to loading, by setting the shutter with the lever which is operated by the passing film perforation. While in use, I had my suspicions that the shutter wasn't firing, and I have no idea why it suddenly worked for just one of the 24 frames, a boring shot that was one of the last few to finish the film off before developing.
I quite like the pattern of all the blank frames, with the one little glimmer of hope from the week!