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Holga – Provia 100F film


The Holga is a no-brainer. Consistent gorgeous images and this roll did not disappoint. I love this camera!! The dramatic vignetting, the soft focus. It can make any shot look interesting.

Camera: Holga 35mm
Film: Provia 100F cross processed slide 120mm
Location: Montreal in May 2011


Diana F+ with Provia 100F

Diana F+

Here is another two year old roll of film just waiting to be published. I still haven’t gone through all of the film mask and film back options for the Diana. There are just so many. I decided with this roll to try the 120 back again. A stalwart camera with a stalwart film – this roll came out awesome!

Camera: Diana F+ with 120mm film back
Film: Provia 100F cross processed slide 120mm film
Location: Montreal in February 2011

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

Ansco Shur-Shot Jr.

The Ansco Shur-Shot Jr. has such a great retro camera face! It is a post WWII 1940’s box camera. When I first got it, I thought it was missing its lens, but it is actually found behind the shutter. This camera actually has the smoothest shutter mechanism out of any of the old cameras I have used! It is really easy to push, which in turn makes it easier to take pictures without worrying about camera shake from the effort of pressing the shutter.

This camera has a fixed aperture of F/11 and a fixed shutter speed of 1/60th sec. There is no bulb option, but the shutter mechanism is not linked to the advancing mechanism, so multiple exposures are possible. It takes 120 film easily without having to respool and each roll will get you eight 6x9cm negatives. There are two viewfinders, one on the top and one on the side, so that you can preview your picture in both landscape and portrait orientation.

Taking pictures using the extremely tiny viewfinder made it hard to judge what you were including in your frame. Especially since you have to hold the camera at waist level to get a good view. My side angle picture of the church got photobombed by a power line.

The rollers that aid the film along on the inside of this camera were really rusty. I tried to get as much of it off as I could, but judging by the scrapes on the negatives, the rust is still there and reeking havoc! Maybe I can try some CLR?

When I finished the eight pictures, I kept rolling and was surprised to see a number 6 show up… or maybe it was a number 9. Either way, I thought if this was enough room for another photo, I shouldn’t waste it. But I was indoors, and without a bulb exposure, how could the picture turn out? Inspiration struck! With multiple exposures, each of the exposures build upon each other, right? According to my light meter, I needed an 8 second exposure. The Shur Shot has a 1/60 shutter speed. I asked my fiance Matthew to sit across the table and I took 480 exposures! The result looks like a pinhole shot. And somehow, it looks sepia. I was really impressed! I will definitely experiment with that again. The picture is small because it turns out there was only a small section of film left to the roll.

Camera: Ansco Shur-Shot Jr
Film: Provia 100F cross processed slide 120