This is another of the little black folding cameras from the 1930s that I am particularly fond of. It all seems to work, but I've not put a film through it before, so I won't know how light tight it is until next week.
Saturday, 1 December 2012
The age-related degeneration in the film is much in evidence here, though I was rather disappointed not to see in of the backing paper markings as I have sometimes found on very old film.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
It's been a couple of months since I last used a "new" 127 camera, so with the centenary year drawing to a close, I'll try to fit some more in. This is a full frame model, so it takes 8 photos on a roll. It is as basic as you can get, no focussing, fixed aperture and a single shutter speed with no "B" setting. I loaded it with Efke black and white film.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
The Purma special has three shutter speeds, selceted according to which way up the camera is held, but there is no "B" setting, so indoor shots are generally not feasible. This sunlit chapel seemed just about bright enough to get away with the "slow" shutter speed, so I took this picture of Isaac Newton. Even though the sculpture was several feet away, it is clear that the lens is focussed better on the wall behind, there is no way to focus the Purma, other than by attaching supplementary lenses, but I don't have any of them, so this was the best I could do.
Thursday, 27 September 2012
This is something of a design classic, with its art deco lines and bakelite construction. It also has an unusual shutter, which has three speeds depending on which way the camera is held. The format is square (but not the standard 12 on a roll 4cm x 4cm, this takes sixteen 32mm x 32mm photos) so the orientation of the camera doesn't matter. There is no focusing, and a fixed aperture of f6.3.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
I found this camera recently in a charity shop, it has an automatic exposure system which still seems to work despite being around 50 years old. At 44mm the lens is quite wide, which makes a nice change for this format. I loaded it with Efke 100 film to take away on holiday.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
This was taken with a Kodak Brownie 44A, I used one of these back in February, but this one was a recent find at a car boot sale, it had a partly used film in it, and I decided to finish the film off and develop it. At first it seemed completely blank, but when it dried out, I could just make out some very faint images, so I scanned the negatives and did what I could to salvage them in photoshop. Technically the results are abysmal, but this timeless subject has a certain charm.
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
There were a number of very similar looking models made in the 1940s and 50s, the styling of this one was a source for the current retro-looking "Sprocket Rocket" from the Lomography store. It has an unusual feature in that a spare roll of film can be stored in a chamber inside the back. The weather has brightened up a bit, so I hope to be able to use this fixed speed, fixed aperture, focus-free camera without too much difficulty this week.
The definition, at least in the centre, of this lens is quite good. This one was taken during a cloudy spell on a fairly bright day, I can't remeber which aperture I used, but I think it was probably f11.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
This little camera is rather scruffy, but seems to work OK. It takes square photos and has 3 apertures and 4 shutter speeds (plus B).
At the height of the English summer I was hoping to use a more basic camera that needs good light, but it is so dull and wet here that I decided to use one with a bit more flexibility in terms of lighting conditions. I've loaded it with Efke 100 film.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
The film was in poor condition, and was stuck to the backing paper, I had to develop it as it was, though at the end of the process the paper peeled off quite easily. There was a considerable residue of paper particles left stuck to the film, these are the white flecks visible on this photo.
This is not only a new model for me, but a new format, it takes 2cm x 3cm pictures, and squeezes 24 exposures out of a roll. So far I haven't been able to find any other cameras that use 127 film in this way.
It was made in the early 1960s, there was a film in it when I found it, Kodacolor II, which was introduced in 127 size in 1973.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
The automatic exposure mechanism on this camera seems to have died, but it still works as a fixed aperture, single speed device. I transferred the partly used film from the Kodak Brownie Super 27 that I was using earlier in the week.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
This is a very heavy and chunky camera, although it has an automatic exposure system, this doesn't seem to be working, so I treated it as a simple point and shoot, with fixed aperture and shutter speed, and took the four frames in bright daylight. I didn't want to risk wasting a whole film, so tranferred the part used roll from the Brownie Super 27 to finish it off.
Monday, 21 May 2012
The curly Efke film managed to slip free from the film plane and provide an unplanned selective focus effect.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
The Brownie Super 27 is one of the less common Brownies, at least on this side of the Atlantic. Made between 1961 and 1965 it takes twelve square photos per roll. There is no "B" setting, and two apertures marked sunny and dull, so I'm having to wait for suitable lighting conditions to finish the film off.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
This is one of the many old industrial buildings in Sheffield that are still in use, though sadly many more have been lost.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
This is one of the less common of the Bencini range, it is styled rather like a cine camera, with a vertical layout. There is a single shutter speed of 1/50th, plus "B", and unusually, a cable release socket.
I loaded it with a roll of Macocolor C41 negative film, and managed to make rather a mess of it, losing the first 3 frames in the process. I'll know what to do next time!
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
There is a very noticeable light leak on all the negatives from this camera. It did occur to me that I might have caused some fogging when I re-rolled the film in order to swap it between cameras, but if that was the case, there would have been fogging on those negatives as well, and there isn't. The fault therefore lies with the Whitehouse.
This is quite a stylish little model, with a lens board that collapses into the body when not in use, leaving quite a slim, squarish camera.
It takes sixteen 3cm x 4cm frames per roll, and I transferred the part used roll from the Voigtlander Perkeo into it. There is no focus or aperture adjustment, and only one shutter speed plus "B".
Saturday, 21 April 2012
This photo was taken against the light, and with the un-coated lens, the flare could have been worse.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
This is an old favourite camera, it was made in Germany in the early 1930s, and still works as it should. I loaded it with a roll of Efke 100 film, and took it an a trip to Barcelona.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
playing the blue guitar on the red sofa in black and white, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.
This camera has a series of very long exposure settings, going up to 12 seconds, this one was taken indoors, away from a window, the exposure was 4 seconds at f22.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
I used a roll of Efke 100 black and white film in it.
I knew there were holes in the bellows, and expected, indeed was looking forward to, some light leaks, but there was rather too much stray light sloshing around, and this is the only one of the four photos I took that has anything to see on it! The film was considerably expired as well, which didn't help...
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Probably made in the 1920s, this is one of the many variations of the "VP" format, using the newly released 127 film. There are a number of holes in the bellows, so I expect light leaks and fogginh, hopefully it might add some interest if it's not too bad.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Another very basic camera using the 4x4 square format. I tranferred the partly used Maco colour negative film from the Bencini Comet camera. There were only three exposures left, but I found this camera more fun to use than the Bencini, so I may put a full film in it at some point.
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Only 9 weeks into the year and I'm on my 12th 127 camera, but I don't think I'll keep this pace up for the whole year, I certainly haven't got 52 127 cameras, and will do everything I can to avoid acquiring that many...
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
This is the Efke film that I started off in camera number 10, and transferred to this one half way through.
Sunday, 26 February 2012
When I found it, the shutter wasn't working, and while I normally wouldn't go anywhere near a camera with "WD40", I carefully put a tiny amount on the shutter from behind, and it immediately sprang back to life.
I transferred the last few exposures of the Efke film that I have been using in the Baldi camera.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
This is another of the 1930s little black folding 127 cameras that I have a soft spot for. The 3x4 cm size is the 127 "half-frame" format, with 16 exposures per roll. I'm using Efke 100 black and white film this week.
Despite being nearly 80 years old, the shutter still fires on all speeds, but it does need a bit of warming up on the slow speeds, I find that covering the lens and firing the shutter a few times helps ensure that it will be reasonably accurate.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
The twenty year old film I used has taken its toll on the image quality, but I quite like the effect, the blotchy appearance and odd colouring give a retro feel, which seems to match the subject matter.
Saturday, 11 February 2012
After shooting half a roll in the Gevalux 144, I transferred the film into this camera to finish it off.
Monday, 6 February 2012
The Gevalux is a chunky camera, barely any smaller than a 120 camera of this style. I've loaded it with a roll of expired Kodak colour negative film, and will probably transfer the film to another 127 camera to finish it off.
After taking 11 pictures in the Baby Ikonta, I transferred the film into the Comet. It was a sunny day, so I used the yellow filter which came with the camera to darken the blue skies a little. There weren't any clouds when this photo was taken, so the two flying pigeons are the only thing to break up the plain sky.
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
There are many variations of the Bencini Comets. This one takes sixteen 3cm x 4cm exposures on a 127 roll film. There is a fixed aperture and single shutter speed, plus "B". This one has a focussing ring, and came with a yellow filter attached.
I took 11 exposures on a roll of Efle 100 B&W film in the Baby Ikonta, then transferred the film into this camera to finish it off.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
This is the first time I have put a "proper" 127 film in this camera, last time I used it I re-spooled some 35mm film onto a 127 backing paper, and while I liked the results, there was loss of focus at the centres of the pictures, presumably due to the film not laying flat. This Macocolor film shows no sign of the focus problem, so I think my theory was correct.