Monday, 30 November 2015

Week 309 - Canonet QL17

Canonet QL17
This is a large range-finder camera from around 1965. It has a fast lens, and unlike some similar models, has full manual control in addition to the automatic exposure system. I didn't even try putting a battery in, as there was evidence of previous battery leakage, and I'm quite happy to use manual mode.
I found a roll of expired Jessops PAN400 SX black and white film, which expired in 2008, so I thought I'd give that a go.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

photo from week 308 - Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16

This car park is one of my regular subjects, it seems to suit the colour shifts that result from cross-processing slide film in negative chemistry.

photo from week 308 - Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16

reflected self-portrait with Nettar 517/16 camera and mob cap (square crop)
This is a crop of my weekly mirror self-portrait, taken at f16 with an exposure of around 8 seconds.

photo from week 308 - Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16

Spider Bridge
I used another of my extensive stash of expired slide film this week, which was cross-processed, explaining the odd colours here. The subject is a large metal spider which hangs beneath a railway arch, through which a foot bridge goes over the river Don. At this time of year, the sun is low in the sky, and directly illuminates the spider, bringing it out of its customary gloom.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Week 308 - Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16
The Nettar is just one of the vast range of cameras made by Zeiss Ikon, this is a basic square format folding camera, but is well made and eminently usable. I've loaded it with some expired Fuji Provia 100F slide film.

Monday, 23 November 2015

photo from week 307 - Nikon EM

Ai Wei Wei
Another shot at the Ai Wei Wei show, just about hand holdable at full aperture.

photo from week 307 - Nikon EM

reflected self-portrait with Nikon EM camera and cowboy hat
For this indoor self-portrait, on a very dull winter day, I used an f1.8 50mm Nikkor lens, at full aperture, even so the exposure was 1/30th sec.

photo from week 307 - Nikon EM

Ai Wei Wei
I took the EM with me on a day trip to London, this is a detail of the Ai Wei Wei show at the Royal Academy, it shows a half life size model of the artist in a Chinese prison.

Week 307 - Nikon EM

Nikon EM
The EM is a small, light SLR firmly aimed at the amateur market, it has automatic aperture priority exposue, with no manual overide, other than the option to set a single shutter speed, 1/90th sec, if there are no batteries.
This one has an "E" series 28mm wide angle lens on it. I've loaded it with Ilford HP5 Plus black and white negative film.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

photo from week 306 - Leica IIf

natural and man made
It was a very dull and wet week, in bright sunlight, these flats have vivid yellow, orange and red detailing. I did not have time to use this camera much this week, and I plan to put another film through it soon.

photo from week 306 - Leica IIf

reflected self-portrait with Leica IIf camera and sailor hat (square crop)
Taken at full aperture (f3.5) and the closed focussing distance with the slowest shutter speed, 1/25th sec.

photo from week 306 - Leica IIf

This is a good example of the pitfalls of using a different camera each week. The Leica has a collapsible lens, and it looks as if I hadn't fully extended it when I took this one.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Week 306 - Leica IIf

Leica IIf
This camera is on loan. The Leica IIf is a 35mm film interchangeable lens rangefinder camera, manufactured by Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, former West Germany and produced between 1951-56.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

photo from week 305 - Miranda Sensomat RE

autumn in the park
I shot this one into the weak autumn sun, but there isn't much flare in evidence.

photo from week 305 - Miranda Sensomat RE

reflected self-portrait with Miranda Sensomat RE camera and colourful hat
This self-portrait was taken at full aperture and closest focussing distance, the light was poor, and even at a hand-holdable 1/30th, was a little underexposed. This is a square crop.

photo from week 305 - Miranda Sensomat RE

park details
The Sensomat performed without any real problems, though the frame spacing was rather inconsistent, as seen in this pair of negatives, which almost overlap, some others had gaps of several millimetres between them.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Week 305 - Miranda Sensomat RE

Miranda Sensomat RE
I've had this one a while, I can't remember where it came from. The electronics appear to be dead, but it can be used in full manual mode, and all seems to function as it should. The lens is probably the entry level for this system, as it would seem that there were fater lenses made.
I've put some Kodak Gold colour negative film in it (expired 2009).