Camera Collection

Agfa Isola 1

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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This is a medium format camera that I got from eBay for a few pounds, I was delighted when it arrived because it was in brand new condition. It’s been gathering dust for so long until last week when we took it out around Bristol Harbour.

The focusing isn’t brilliant, especially for more close up photos but a good percentage of the pictures came out well.

Composition wasn’t so easy either as the viewfinder and the lens aren’t lined up well. It meant that some of my shots were over to one side a bit.

It was a bit like using a Holga but it feels nicer in your hands, it’s much better built. It has potential. As with most of my cameras, I find the second film always comes out better when I know what I’m doing with the camera more.

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The Camera Collection

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

I realised, that although I’ve mentioned our huge camera collection I’ve not posted a picture of the lot. I thought you might want to see them all together.

The camera collection

We’ve got more since taking this about six months ago, I wish we had room to display them all but there is only room for a select few on our shelves.

Fujifilm Instax 200

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

I *love* instant film. It’s always magical to have a photo develop infront of your eyes. Having a physical photograph that you can stick on your wall, give to a friend or put in an album is great too. With digital I end up with so few printed photographs, everything is on the computer.

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This is my Fuji Instax camera, it takes the Fujifilm Instax Instant Film which is easy to get hold of. The negative thing about it is that it’s huge! It’s so bulky and I don’t take it out as much as I would like because of that. I am tempted to get one of the smaller Instax cameras that are more handbag sized.

I got this, and a lot of my other cameras, at a carboot sale. They’re great places for picking up stuff like this for next to nothing. I think this one cost a couple of pounds.

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The colours are great, so deep and bright. Some instant films tend to look faded but this stuff is lovely. I have just loaded it with some very old expired film so I expect that might have lost some of it’s colour over time. I’ll post the results soon.

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Supersampler

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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This week I thought I’d share with you one of the more ‘novelty’ type of cameras that we have. The SuperSampler takes four photos over two seconds to create a 4 frames within one photograph. You can also change the settings so it takes all the photos in 0.2 seconds but I never use that setting as the results aren’t so interesting. The camera has a fixed shutterspeed so you can only use it in good light. I used Fuji Sensia 200 film in it for these photos and had it cross-processed.

You get different effects if you move the camera as it’s taking the photos,
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compared with keeping the camera still.
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Mostly this camera is great for being silly with!
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Lomo LC-A

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

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The LC-A cameras are by far the best of the Lomography range. This is the LC-A, you can also get an LC-A+, LC-M and LC-Wide (of which Daz has at least one of each!)

The best results are when you use slide film and get it cross processed in normal colour film chemicals. The results are great colours and contrast. The film I used in these photos is Kodak Ektachrome and developed at Photographique.

Here are some of the photos I took last week when we went for a wander around the harbour.

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Polaroid M80

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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I thought I’d share with you some of my cameras. Between us, Daz and I have so many, I stopped counting after we past 50. We’ve stopped going to camera fairs because we don’t have room on our shelves for any more and the cupboard is full too! We’ve not used all of them but I’m trying to work my way through them so they will get used at some point (if film is still available for them).

This is the Polaroid M80 Land Camera. It’s great. This is one of the few cameras I paid more than a few pounds for. It’s reconditioned and came from America (I got stung by customs so it was super expensive!) It takes Fuji 100C film which they still make. I’ve also picked up lots of film for it at camera fairs for a fraction of the price.

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The film develops at different speeds in different temperatures so sometimes it’s difficult to work out how long to leave it. There is a timer on the back of the camera which starts as soon as you pull the film out. When it beeps you peel apart the film (being careful of the goopy stuff) and your photo is revealed.

I wrote a review of this camera for Lomography.com which includes lots more pictures I’ve taken with it.

We went for a walk down by the river and took some photos.
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