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Why No 126 Film?

Posted 2011.07.30 19.45 in Photography, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

The other night I was looking at my Rollei A26 and the half dozen 126 cartridges I’ve managed to hoard. After that handful of film…nothing. Since the last manufacturer ceased production in 2007, it’s become extremely rare and when you do find it, very expensive.

126 Film

Then I got thinking of The Impossible Project – IMHO a truly remarkable story. When Polaroid went away and stopped making film, millions of perfectly good instant cameras became useless. (You can see them all over eBay!) But this collection of people determined to resurrect Polaroid instant film, and they’ve actually done it!

So back to the 126 film cartridges. The Impossible Project really was impossible – they had to make not just film, but instant self-processing film. On the other hand, 126 film is basically just 35mm film in a special plastic case. It’s somewhat common practice now to respool 35mm film into 126 cartridges. I’ve done it myself.

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A Day At Marineland

Posted 2011.07.28 22.16 in Family/Friends, Photography by Stephanie

Recently, my sister had decided to take her kids to Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada. Our parents were going to, and it sounded like a fun trip so I tagged along.

As a break from my ongoing compact camera thing, I decided to take an old classic with me – the Fujica 35-SE. Although not my original camera from 1983, this is the same exact make and model as that very first camera.

The 35-SE was introduced in 1959. A heavy, solid camera, it is fully and completely manual. To aid in setting the manual exposure parameters, it does have a selenium light meter, which still works after 50+ years! What I had forgotten was that my 35-SE suffers a light leak. This resulted in some colourful yellow-orange flaring on many (but not all) of the images.

Light leak aside, I’m pleased with many of the images, and even the ones with the flaring aren’t too bad.

Film was Kodak Portra 400VC, the first four exposures above were based on the “sunny-16” rule and the last two were trusted to the light meter. (The last two were also shot inside a moving car, so you know… just wasting film to get to the end of the roll!) Finally, it was processed at home with my tired & expired C-41 kit.

Cheers!

Not a Photoblog

Posted 2011.07.28 8.35 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I figured I’d just slip this comment in here – this isn’t a photoblog, it’s just that I’ve been on a photography kick for the past month or so.

Before that it was an electronics thing.

And anyways, the photography stuff probably makes for better reading than the alternative – whinging about the terrible crippling back-pain I’ve been suffering since the end of June.

So – more pictures and camera talk to come! 🙂

Compact Camera Quest (Part 5)

Posted 2011.07.25 23.13 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

In the last installment, I mentioned that my search had led me into two different directions. Today it’s all about the other direction my quest has led me.

One of the cameras that kept popping up on lists of good compact film cameras was the Olympus XA. I had heard of these cameras before but hadn’t seen one in person and didn’t realize just how small they are.

They are one of the few cameras in this size that incorporate an actual coupled rangefinder, and even after 30 years they are still in demand – meaning they tend to still demand a high price. So I looked about and managed to get my hands on a cheap one – it had a flaw but I thought I could fix that. I thought wrong. It turns out that the XA series use an early IC and when these chips die, there is really no way to salvage the camera.

After that disappointment, I continued looking around, and instead of another XA, I came across a later model that I had to have – the Olympus XA-3.

The XA-3 is almost identical to the XA-2, in that both are zone focus and fully automatic AE. The XA-3 employs the DX system for reading film speed directly off the 35mm film can (for non-DX film you can still set the speed manually), and also has a +1.5EV switch for backlit subjects.

The real reason that I had to get this XA-3 though, was the colour…

Olympus XA-3

About two decades ago, a red Fuji DL-7 was my constant companion for many years, and since then I have had a soft spot for red cameras. 🙂

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Pics Around St. Catherines

Posted 2011.07.24 10.07 in Family/Friends, Photography by Stephanie

The other day, I took a quick trip to St. Catherines, to visit my friend Athena. A little tour around town afforded me the chance to snap some atypical scenic photos.

Shot with my Olympus XA-3 on Fuji OEM film, ISO 800.

Compact Camera Quest (Part 4)

Posted 2011.07.22 19.04 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

Some time after acquiring the Minox, my interest in photography waned for a while. (Actually my interest in everything waned, it’s part of the deal with depression.) Then a couple months ago, it all started back up again.

I looked at my little cameras, but I knew none of them was just right. I did some more research, checked with teh interwebz, to see what else was out there in the same class as the Rolleis and the Minoxes. It was about this time that I realized this was an actual quest-shaped thing.

Anyhow, my searching led me in two different directions. One of them, the one that this entry is about, was the Compact-Automat. Yeah, the Lomo LC-A. (I’ve recently expressed my opinion about that Lomography thing, so I won’t get into that again here.)

Lomo LC-A+ RL

I’d first heard about this camera a couple years ago, but it was overpriced back then. (It’s more overpriced now.) I knew I was getting fleeced but after a recent frustration with another acquisition, I was impatient to get something else to play with, so I figured what the heck.

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Higher and Higher!

Posted 2011.07.22 8.37 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Forget yesterday’s UV factor ten.

Today it’s getting cranked up all the way to Eleven!

This is getting crazy.