Pictures of cameras

This week, the Photo Challenge was a surprise to me, because Paul set it. It’s a nice feeling, because I get to participate like everyone else. The Challenge was called the 5 Minute Photoshoot: What I want you to do, is find a location (any location, it doesn’t matter. It could be your front room, […]

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Electric Blue

I was playing about with the spark plugs on my cooker, and my Tamron 90mm macro lens. I’m quite pleased with the results. Unfortunately the sparks themselves are slightly out of focus. They looked OK on the camera’s screen and it wasn’t until I viewed them on the computer that I realised. Oh well, next […]

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Negative area

There’s a really useful diagram on Wikipedia that shows the relatives sizes of different digital camera sensors. But it doesn’t include medium format film – so I made my own version. Format Typical use Size Area Crop factor APS-C Most consumer DSLRs and APS film cameras ~22x15mm 330mm² 1.5-16× 35mm Professional full frame DSLRs and […]

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Old colour film

One of the classic cameras I took possession of this week was a 1959 Halina 35x, which happened to contain an unused film. I managed to date the film to between 1983-1987 (after 1983 as it had a DX code, and before 1987 because the film speed was given in ASA rather than ISO). Yesterday, […]

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Voigtländer Vito II

Released 1949 I inherited this camera from my grandfather. Notably, he used it to take his pictures of post-war Korea in 1955. It’s my first 35mm bellows camera (although I do have plenty of larger bellows cameras). At a glance Lens Fixed 50mm Color-Skopar f/3.5 Film 135 (35mm) Focus Guess Meter None

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Halina 35x

Released 1959 I inherited this camera from my grandfather. It’s a fairly ordinary 35mm compact camera. Compared to a modern digital camera it isn’t much larger but it is unbelievably heavy, and feels great in your hands. At a glance Lens Fixed Halina Anastigmat 45mm f/3.5 Film 135 (35mm) Focus Guess Meter None

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Inherited cameras

When my grandad died in 2008 I inherited his old cameras. Theoretically, at least, since nobody knew where they were. At the time, I knew he’d taken some wonderful pictures of post-war Korea in 1955 which I published – but we weren’t able to find the camera used to take them, nor did we know […]

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