Back in January I went on a company retreat with my whole company for a weekend and shot a roll of Fuji Pro 400H in the Bronica ETRSi. I just got around to scanning them and sadly only three of the images were in focus and exposed correctly. :( I guess I've now learned my lessons and focus the shots more carefully and also keep an eye out for situations where the auto exposure will be fooled (like backlighting). And as always, getting the colors right with C41 is such a pain!
Tomorrow we're off for 8 days to Athens, Greece to see the in-laws. We decided to go on holiday now as both daycare facilities of the kids are closed next week, oh and because my wife's parents are paying for the flights. ;)
I probably totally overpacked on film, but at least I'm only taking one camera with me. Not ideal, but already much better than before!
An image from 2006 when I was shooting with a Canon IXUS 50 digital point and shoot. I was never satisfied with that camera (duh!) but that one shot makes me like it a bit more.
Minolta Riva Panorama, Agfa Precisa CT
Continuing with the scanning of my backlog here are some images from January 2014. Taken with the Minolta Riva Panorama on Agfa Precisa CT. A healthy dose of sharpening was applied to make the images acceptable.
I'm currently in the process of working through my backlog of films to scan (and develop). These images here were taken in January of 2014 as part of 52rolls. I really like how these turned out and there are more like these to come.
Pentacon Six, 80mm Biometar, extension tubes, Fuji Velvia 50
Chasing the light by Angus Mitchell (son of the very talented pinhole photographer Paul Mitchell) is a short documentary about three photographers from the UK. Two of them (Leon Taylor and David Higgs) are film shooters and members of my favourite film photography online community filmwasters.com. It's only 15 minutes long and I think you should definitely go watch it. Now!
These shots were take in 2011 shortly after we moved to Grenoble, France. I just now managed to find the time to scan the negatives. Man, what a beautiful and photogenic city.
Olympus mju II, Kodak Farbwelt 400
After a long time of trying various 35mm cameras I've recently come back to my first love, the Minolta SR line of SLRs. Back when I was a teenager my dad gave me a Minolta X-300 with a Tokina 28-85mm zoom lens. For years this was my only camera, and I guess that's why I really like them.
Today I received a cheap and relatively small Weston Master II (thanks to this shot from Hamish Gill). Now I have a nice meter to go with the Minolta SR-1s (thanks Arne!). The plan is to shoot slide film (or color negative if really necessary) with the SR-1s and black and white with the X-500. As the only readily available slide film these days is ISO 100 the SR-1s will probably be my "outdoors camera" and the X-500 the "indoors camera". Let's see how long I can stick to this plan. ;)
For this Worldwide pinhole photography day I loaded a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 into my Pentacon Six and attached a body cap with a brass pinhole in it. This turns the camera into an 80mm pinhole camera. That's perfect as I can just use the sports finder for (approximate) framing.
The results are not half bad (my favourite is the shot above) and I think I'll go out with that combination again. But as you can see there's a reflection in all images. I assume that's due to the fact that I forgot to paint the backside of the brass pinhole black. I've now done that and hopefully the next roll will be better. I also found out that using the Pinhole Assist iPhone app while metering with an external light meter is really cumbersome. So maybe for the next roll I'll just print out a table of exposure times (with reciprocity failure) instead and put a new battery in my wrist watch for the complete "analog" experience.
A while ago Hans-Peter Linz mentioned in a Facebook group we are both in he gives his color film to his local drug store to have it developed. I do the same with my slide film. For 2.55€ they will develop it. No scratches or dust! And they stock BW (well, one), C41, and E6 (also just one) films!
So if you live in (the south of) Germany don't be afraid to have your Rossmann, DM, or Müller develop your film. They all send it out to the same lab anyway (probably Eurocolor Gera).
And now back to work and later I'll scan my roll of Fuji Velvia 50 from WPPD.
Some of you may know about the Film Shooters Collective. A website (and very active Facebook Group) for us film shooters. Its members are distributed across the globe and are united by their love of film.
And yesterday I met up with Kevin Lim, a fellow member from Singapore. He's currently in Munich for work, but as he had the Sunday off we decided to meet for lunch (and coffee later) and chat about film photography. I brought my Bronica ETRSi on his request and I was lucky to finally see a Mamiya 6 in the flesh. Luckily for me I discovered that the Mamiya isn't that much smaller and lighter than my Bronica. Combined with the fact that it's much more expensive I'm happy to report that I'm not interested in buying one myself anymore. Phew!
Unfortunately it was raining the whole day so even though we walked around a bit I didn't take a single shot, but hey talking shop about cameras is also fun, isn't it? Although maybe next time I meet one of my fellow film shooters I'll at least take a portrait of them. ;)
As most of my readers will know, tomorrow is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. As I had never used the pinhole body cap for my Pentacon Six, and also because I've recently sold all lenses for it I decided to use that camera tomorrow.
I've already loaded it with a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 (yes, I like to make things difficult for me) and I already shot a few frames today. And that was a good idea, as I realised that I didn't have a cable release and that framing would be an issue! Luckily my dad still had a cable release in a drawer and Gabór pointed out that I could use the sports finder one the Pentacon Six as the pinhole has a focal length of 80mm.
Now, I'm really ready for tomorrow. We'll see if I can find the time to shoot a few landscapes or if all shots will be blurry shots of my small kids.
I have decided to sell almost my whole camera collection (including a Rolleiflex T (now sold), various Bay 1 filters, a Pentacon Six that's is perfect shape, a Voigtländer Bessamatic (sold)). Before putting everything on eBay I thought I'd give everyone a chance to look through the stuff and pick something up directly from me. And obviously save me the hassle of writing a lot of eBay descriptions. ;)
Please have a look through the (sometime crappy) images below and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if anything piques your interest.
3.4.2015: It's sold!
I'm selling by beloved Rolleiflex T as I has taken second place behind the Bronica ETRSi in recent months. It is in beautiful shape, but obviously it has some minor scratches here and there. It's been sent of for a CLA recently so everything works perfectly. Also, the lens has no scratches, fungus, or dust whatsoever.
Even the (selenium) light meter works! I don't even take a separate meter with me anymore. Speaking of the meter, there is one flaw with this camera. You can see the meter needle readout in the image on the right. Notice how the plastic cover is broken? It doesn't affect the function of the meter, but I thought I should mention it.
The camera comes with the original leather every-ready case (needs to be stitched up), a lens hood, lens cover, and an OpTech strap.
500€ + shipping from Germany.
Inquiries to email@example.com!
Lake Ammersee is close to where I live and it's beautiful, especially in summer. If you're lucky you can even see the alps from where I took this picture. Not on that day though.
Developed and scanned by UK Film Lab.
Where I used to live people are really, really rich. So you would see all the Porsches, BMWs and Mercedes at the train station in the morning. I'm not a fan of the newer models, but this one was worth taking a picture, I think.
Voigtländer Bessa R2, Industar 61 L/D
The following cameras are up for sale:
- Olympus OM10 with 50mm f/1.8. The lens is perfect, but the light seals on the camera need replacing
- Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. Restored by Randy Smith. With tripod socket and cable release socket.
- FPP Debonair (with 46mm filter thread)
- Polaroid Spectra
- Kodak 66 Model II (for free)
- Horizon 202 with grip, set of filters, and original bag
And then I have the following two kits for sale. I'd prefer to sell them complete, but I can also split them up, if necessary:
Off to a short company retreat in Filzmoos, Austria. Obviously the most important stuff to pack is the camera and the films. This time I chose the Bronica ETRSi with two film backs. One loaded with Fuji Velvia 50, my favourite landscape film and the other loaded with Fuji Pro 400H. Let's see if I'll find some time to wander around a bit and shoot.