Vivitar EcoSun – Kodak Gold 100


Roll of film from April 2011. I got this cheap camera from a goodwill in Burlington, VT. It already had a roll of Kodak Gold 100 in it which I, of course, ruined a portion of when I opened it up in the store. I finished off the roll in Montreal. These are the results.  This roll features a few shots of Vincent Sous-Marins in the Plateau (RIP).

Camera: Vivitar EcoSun
Film: Kodak Gold 100 iso Colour Negative 35mm
Location: Montreal



Ansco Pix Panorama

Here is a two year old roll of film. Yikes I have a lot of catching up to do. The Ansco Pix Panorama isn’t that remarkable of a camera, as was to be expected. The pictures weren’t that sharp, weren’t that dreamy, no fun quirks.

These photos were taken around Montreal in March of 2011. The roll also includes a road trip to Burlington, VT.

Camera: Ansco Pix Panorama
Film: Kodak Elitechrome EB100 cross processed slide 35mm
Location: Montreal, Burlington, VT


Diana F+ and Agfa Precisa with sprockets

This time, I tried out the exposed sprockets mask again with the Diana camera. I really like the Agfa Precisa film. It does a great job with skies. Here are some overdue shots from winter. There are a few future favourites in there, for sure!

Camera: Diana F+
Film: Agfa Precisa 100 iso cross processed slide 35mm
Scanned with Epson V500
Location: Montreal

Diana Instant Back

I’ve had the Diana Instant Back for a few months now and I have amassed enough shots to do a blog about it. I took a few more, but it was at a Christmas party and when there is a tangible picture to be had, people like to keep them.

It’s useful to get instant feedback about your exposure settings. I’ve always found it hard to get the exposure settings right with the Diana, so at least I get the chance to try again right away. It’s hard to get the shots looking crisp and in focus. A lot of them came out much fuzzier than I’d hoped. But it’s certainly a lot of fun using it!

Camera: Diana F+ with Instant Back
Film: Fuji Instax 800 iso (Diana correction lens changes it to 400 iso)
Scanned with Epson V500

Holga 120 CFN

I finally got a Holga! It seems like the obvious first choice for those starting to collect cameras, but I started with the Diana instead because it had so many options for lenses, and never got around to getting a Holga until now. I got it on the clearance rack at Urban Outfitters for $30 (regular price: $90). I have the CFN model, which just means it has a built in flash with four colour gel options: clear, red, yellow and blue. It has a 60mm lens with manual focus, 1/125 and Bulb shutter speed, and two aperture settings: cloudy (F/8) and sunny (F/11). You can find out more specifications on the Lomography Microsite.

It takes 120 film natively, but comes with instructions on how to use 35mm film on the 120 spools. Apparently, you can also buy a 35mm adapter back for it to make it easier. The choice of filters available for the Holga looks like something I could have fun with. They also look like they could adapt to other cameras.

But now, I have to say, this camera lives up to the hype! After trying to squeeze beautiful shots out of obscure cameras, the Holga does it with ease! The vignetting is to die for. The soft focus, the dreamy edges. Wow! You can take out this camera and feel confident that every photo will come out, and that comes as a welcome respite.

Camera: Holga 120 CFN
Film: Provia 100F cross processed slide 120
Scanned with Epson V500
Location: Montreal

Imperial Debonair – Light leaks!

This is one of the cutest cameras I’ve ever seen! They come in many different colours like brown, red, olive, but I came across a black one. Oh well. I really like the look of all of the Imperial cameras. So colourful and Space Age. This bake-lite camera was made in the US in the 1960s.

I’m not sure of the aperture or shutter speed, but they are fixed, as is the focus. The viewfinder is so small! It makes all of your pictures look miniature! This is also the first camera that I have used that has light leaks!! The camera back barely stays on. It’s attached by a metal clip that has lost most of its strength. It takes a bit of manual bending to get enough of a curve to attach itself to a plastic nook on the camera. I put black tape on it and around the sides to make sure it stayed. But it obviously wasn’t tight enough to keep light out of the sides. I don’t care. I welcome the light leaks! I’m excited that one of my cameras have them! Next time, I’ll use less tape and see if I can get more leaks.

According to Camera Wikipedia, this camera was once named the Official Cub Scout Camera. It is a 620 film camera, so respooling 120 film is necessary. The camera does come with a flash unit, but it didn’t come with mine.

Overall, I like the pictures from this camera. Snowblindness aside, most of the pictures came out very crisp. I’d use it again on another sunny day.

Camera: Imperial Debonair
Film: Provia 100F cross processed slide 120
Scanned with Epson V500
Location: Montreal

Argoflex Seventy-five (Argoflex 75)

I received the Argoflex Seventy-five as a Christmas present from my finace, as well as the Anscoflex II. He knew I was looking to start using TLR cameras and ones that were suitable for Through the Viewfinder photography. While I haven’t tried TtV yet, I decided to give it a try the old fashioned way.

The Argoflex 75 was produced between 1949-1958. It was the end of a long line of Argoflexes that began with full featured TLRs with variable apertures, shutter speeds and focus ranges and ended with the Argoflex 75: a fixed focus, fixed shutter speed (1/60) and fixed aperture (F13). The minimum focus distance is 7.5 feet. There is a close-up attachment if you can find one. I don’t have one. It takes 620 film natively, so respooling 120 film onto 620 spools is necessary. The lens is a coated Lumar 75mm lens. The shutter has an “Instant” and “Time” option for fixed and bulb shots respectively. The advance mechanism does not allow for double exposures. The viewfinder is easy and smooth to raise, about 1.5″ x 1.5″, and very bright.  The strap is basically a shoestring – not the most comfortable strap, and this bake-lite camera does come with a leather case.

On my photo excursion along the train tracks, I found the shutter button was very hard to push when trying to keep the camera still. It’s a large rectangle button on the front of the camera, and while keeping the camera steady, you have to press the button for what seems like an eternity before the shutter actually opens.

But my biggest disappointment was when I got the film developed. It was completely washed out with overexposure! I had used the instant setting on all but one and was using 100 ISO film. Sometimes I was nervous about taking shots when the sun went behind a cloud, but that didn’t seem to make a difference. The one bulb (or Time) shot I took was of a building that was completely in the shadow. It came out completely white. It’s too bad I used some of my favourite film in this camera: the E100VS.

I don’t know if there is something wrong with the shutter speed on my camera, because 1/60, F13, 100 ISO should have been perfect for a sunny day. Well, you can see the results below.

Camera: Argoflex Seventy-five
Film: Kodak E100VS cross processed slide 120
Location: Montreal
Scanned with Epson V500