Three Cameras from 2022: My favourite experiences this year

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”

Lo-Fi: Revisiting the images from the Bolta spool with expired Konica VX100 (c.2004)

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)”

Testing the Lomography DigitaLiza Max with images from the Lomo LC-A, 23 November 2022

On my first outing with the Lomo LC-A I used one of the expired (c. 2002) Konica VX100 films set at 50ASA. Although I obtained some images, the negatives were very thin, so I thought I would double check with a new and unexpired roll of XP2. I took a series of images with theContinue reading “Testing the Lomography DigitaLiza Max with images from the Lomo LC-A, 23 November 2022”

Lo-Fi panoramas with the Sony Mavica MVC-FD81, 09 November 2022

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.

Lo-Fi: The Sony Mavica MVC-FD81, 04 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”

Lo-Fi: A ‘test roll’ in the Sony Mavica MVC-FD51, 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”

#ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: a filter kit for the Kodak Handle

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”

#ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: multiple frames with 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”

ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: the Kodak Handle lives!

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!”

#ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: Using the Kodak EK2 instant camera with Instax Square film

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”

Lost Street Art by Dalaiama in the aldeia do Meco, 1 August 2022

Lost Street Art by Dalaiama in the aldeia do Meco, 1 August 2022 I was saddened to discover that one of my favourite pieces of street art in Meco, by the artist Dalaiama had been permanently lost following the destruction of the building on which it had been painted. Thankfully other examples of his workContinue reading “Lost Street Art by Dalaiama in the aldeia do Meco, 1 August 2022”

Taking the Lomo LC-A out for a test drive in Águas Boas, 03 July 2022

When the Lomo LC-A arrived it contained what I thought was a part used film. Sadly, when it was developed it turned out that the whole film had been completely exposed to light and it was blank. It was a lovely sunny day, and an opportunity to load the Lomo LC-A with one of theContinue reading “Taking the Lomo LC-A out for a test drive in Águas Boas, 03 July 2022”

#OldCameraChallenge: The Lomo LC-A, where it all began

Today my model of the camera that started off the whole Lomography movement arrived, the Lomo LC-A. I hadn’t actually planned to purchase a 35mm camera, as I feel I have enough cameras (from 110 to 120/620) to keep me busy for a good while. However, I recently learned of ‘EBS’ photography, where both sides ofContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge: The Lomo LC-A, where it all began”

#OldCameraChallenge, Making a Bolta spool for the Ikko Sha Start 35k

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”

#OldCameraChallenge, 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”

#OldCameraChallenge, the Agfa Preisbox (Part 2)

On a cloudy day I took out the Agfa Preisbox loaded with Lomography Redscale film. The subject for the day was Pole-arity, I felt that the cloudy skies with electricity poles would complement the Redscale film adequately.  The Preisbox was a joy to handle, compared with the stiffness of the Kodak Brownie, and I reckonContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Agfa Preisbox (Part 2)”

#OldCameraChallenge, at the Feira da Março with the Agfa Click-1

On the first weekend of the Feira da Março in Aveiro, we took the Agfa Click-1 and some Lomography ISO 100 Colour film to the fairground for some multiple exposures and microclick panoramas. #Agfa, #Click-1, #Camera, #classic, #film, #OCC22, #OldCameraChallenge, #old, #photography, #Retro, #vintage, #Lomography,

#OldCameraChallenge, the Agfa Preisbox (Part 1)

The second camera in the #OldCameraChallenge is the Agfa Preisbox. I’ve been a bit slow in continuing with the challenge as current events, first the continuing pandemic and lately Putin’s unwarranted attack on Ukraine have been very demotivating. The Agfa 44 box camera, known as the Preisbox, was first introduced in 1933 and was madeContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Agfa Preisbox (Part 1)”

#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 3)

The final part of the restoration of the Brownie N°2 camera was painting the bodywork. Using black enamel paint and a fine brush paint was applied around the edges of the door and on the viewfinder and around the lens on the front plate. After a couple of days drying the viewfinder glass and theContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 3)”

#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 2)

The Brownie N°2 camera from the outlet box has clearly seen better days. Dating from the early 1920s, the camera is getting on for one hundred years old now, and although it functions nicely the shutter is a little stiff and the bodywork needs some attention. The leatherette is quite worn, and in some placesContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 2)”