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Holga – Provia 100F film

Holga

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

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Yashica Electro 35 GSN – Kodak Elitechrome EB100

SONY DSC

I was excited to find a Yashica camera at a record store in Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood. The perks that drew me to this camera: a low F/1.8 aperture, rangefinder capabilities, and auto-exposure with the help of a built-in light meter. It originally takes a PX32 battery which is no longer available. The workaround I am using is a 28A 6v wrapped in foam to make it the correct width and an old metal spring to make it the correct height. Apparently it can also take four LR44 batteries. When the current battery dies, I will try that since it is much more readily available.

For all of its capabilities, that simply meant there was much more that could go wrong with this camera. First off, after finishing this roll, I realized that the rangefinder was not calibrated properly. It’s off by a few feet. There are instructions online on how to tinker with it. Unfortunately, doing so has caused the shutter to stop working. So, now there is much more work to be done with it.

Another problem was the light meter over-exposing most of the roll. Between the focus and the exposure out of whack, very few photos actually turned out. But the camera has great promise if it can just be fixed. I like the idea of a low aperture film camera. And not having to guess the shutter speed makes the Yashica Electro 35 an easy camera to carry around for on-the-fly shooting.

Camera: Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Film: Kodak Elitechrome EB100 cross processed slide 35mm
Location: Montreal in April 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

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

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