With the encouragement of Stephen Dowling of Kosmo Photo, a group of camera bloggers were asked to write about three cameras they discovered in 2022 and what each one meant to them. Well, I thought, why should they have all the fun? So I came up with the three cameras that I most enjoyed usingContinue reading “Three Cameras from 2022: My favourite experiences this year”
Back in July I made a Bolta spool for the Ikkosha Start 35k with a 12 exposure cassette of Konica VX100 (expired 2004). After several failed attempts to produce a decent colour inversion I gave up and made a blog post with the images in black and white. Recently, some users on Twitter were talkingContinue reading “Lo-Fi: Revisiting the images from the Bolta spool with expired Konica VX100 (c.2004)”
Practising for the #ShittyCamaraChallenge #1990sCameraChallenge I thought it might be nice to see whether I could stitch together a couple of images from the Sony Mavica. Images were straight out of the camera and stitched together with the phone app Bimostitch.
After getting the little #shittydigital 2MP Vivitar camera from CEX for 1€ I came across another ‘generic’ digital camera on the website. I didn’t actually know what I would be getting, but I thought that for 5€ it’s worth taking the chance and it turned out it was a Fujifilm Finepix A800 from 2007. It’sContinue reading “Out with a shitty 8MP digital camera I picked up for 5€, 6 November 2022”
As well as the MVC-FD51 for the #ShittyCamaraChallenge #1990sCameraChallenge I now have an MVC-FD81. Although it was launched in 1998, the same year as the MVC-FD51, it features an enhanced resolution of 1MP and a faster floppy disk drive than its predecessor. Like the MVC-FD51 it was fun to use. I took a short walkContinue reading “Lo-Fi: The Sony Mavica MVC-FD81, 04 November 2022”
Running from 01 December 2022 to 31 January 2023, the latest #ShittyCameraChallenge will feature cameras from the 1990s. I already have two analogue cameras to use in the challenge, a Canon Epoca 135 and a Samsung Fino 35s point and shoot, but the 90s were when digital cameras started to appear in the consumer marketplaceContinue reading “Lo-Fi: A ‘test roll’ in the Sony Mavica MVC-FD51, 04 November 2022”
It’s #PolaroidWeek and I had one piece of Instax Monochrome loaded into my Polaroid 600. It seemed like a waste to go out and take just one photograph, so I thought I would take the little #shittydigital 2MP Vivitar camera I had picked up from CEX for 1€. The Vivitar 3695 is as simple asContinue reading “Out with the 1€ #shittydigital camera, 26 October 2022”
I wanted to explore further what could be obtained from the Handle, and one of the ideas I have is to use monochrome film and try to bump up the contrast with some filters. Although I have a set of nice glass filters for making trichromes, and other coloured filters for enhancing contrast, that isContinue reading “#ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: a filter kit for the Kodak Handle”
It was such a lovely day that it was a shame to waste the light. So I loaded #theHandle with three Instax Square films and set out to make a triptych. The Instax mounts have to be loaded into the cassette in a specific order, otherwise they won’t work, and somehow when I was loadingContinue reading “#ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: multiple frames with the Kodak Handle”
Following my recent failed attempt to get a working image from the Handle I had a breakthrough. A neighbour has a number of original Kodak instant prints and was kind enough to lend me one. Comparing the Kodak film with a piece of Instax Square film showed that modern Instax is about half the thicknessContinue reading “ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: the Kodak Handle lives!”
Although I was disappointed with my first attempt to get something from the Kodak EK2 (hereafter known as, ‘The Handle’), I remained undeterred. Looking at the original frame it was clear that the chemicals has not spread evenly across the film. I thought the blue patch at the top of the frame might have beenContinue reading “#ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: Using the Kodak EK2 instant camera with Instax Square film”
Out and about near Lidl with the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit.
Waiting in a car park in Gaia. There was little else to do apart from bringing out the Olympus Pen E-PL1 and the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit and the full spectrum Lumix DMC-TZ8 for some industrial infrared.
Out for a lovely day in Porto with the Olympus Pen E-PL1 and the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit. After a wet start it was perfect for some #urban and #streetphotography, or just for being a tourist. #body, #camera, #cameras, #digital, #digitalcamera, #epl1, #mirrorless, #microfourthirds, #olympus, #olympuspen, #shittydigital, #broken, #urban, #Porto, #building, #fisheye, #kit, #lens, #lomography,Continue reading “A day out in Porto, 20 June 2022”
After a test run yesterday it was time to take the Olympus Pen E-PL1 and the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit to Aveiro. My experiment was short-lived. After four or five nice photos, just enough to whet my appetite, the camera died. Thankfully it was just the battery and I’m all charged up for a possibleContinue reading “Lo-Fi: Taking the broken mirrorless camera and the experimental lens kit to Aveiro, 18 June 2022”
A test run in the woods with the Olympus Pen E-PL1 and the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit. First attempts at in-camera multiple exposures and image stacking (and one failed microclick ‘panorama’).
Who on earth would buy a broken mirrorless camera? I picked up this Olympus Pen E-PL1 from Kamerastore with broken image stabilization. I wasn’t looking for anything perfect but I recently discovered the Lomography Experimental Lens kit and it looks like it might be an interesting project. I’m thinking freelensing and a possible future conversionContinue reading “Lo-Fi: The broken mirrorless camera and the experimental lens kit”
I’ve been so wrapped up with taking digital infrared photographs with the converted Lumix DMC-TZ8 that the other cameras in the Outlet Box have been ignored. There were a load of really nice cameras in the Outlet Box, so let’s take a look at some of the others. Today it’s time to flex the musclesContinue reading “Out with the Fujifilm XPS3 camera from the digital Outlet Box, 03 June 2022”
Today I started making myself a Bolta spool for the Ikko Sha Start 35k from a 12 exposure cassette of Konica VX100 35mm film (expired in 2004). The Ikko Sha takes 35mm film, but instead of using a cassette, like nowadays, it uses unperforated 35mm film on a paper backing. The Bolta spools are slightlyContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, Making a Bolta spool for the Ikko Sha Start 35k”
I picked up a new camera recently, the Ikko Sha Start 35k. It was completely an impulse buy from Kamerastore, it’s not a camera I have ever heard of before and I could find very little about it online—and in a way that was part of the appeal. I just saw it and thought, ‘IContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Ikko Sha Start 35k”