52 Cameras: # 118 — Ansco Craftsman (1950)

Thanks Sonette!


Ansco also made a box camera ca. 1926 called the Craftsman No.2A.



Not a lot of images to show in addition to what’s in the video. Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros developed in Kodak HC-110.

Because the shutter is slow I used a Y2 filter (1 stop) for most of the shots on this roll. The yellow provides a nice contrast boost too.

I’m really impressed by the sharpness of the images. No post-processing other than resizing.

Zoe checking out the new-old rug for my office.

Zoe checking out the new-old rug for my office.

Lousy composition but I love the contrasts in aspen bark.

Lousy composition but I love the contrasts in aspen bark.

The neighbor's goats.

The neighbor’s goats.




I struck out trying to find a manual or information and had to find out for myself.

Checking the focal length
I taped the inside edge, where the film insert goes and marked the tape at the film plane.

Marking the film plane

Marking the film plane

Next I taped the lens inside so I wouldn’t scratch it with the calipers and put a thin piece of card stock along the film plane line.

Card stock to measure against the calipers

Card stock to measure against the calipers

The calipers have a post that sticks out as the jaws open allowing depth measurements.

90mm-ish

90mm-ish

Checking the aperture
You can see the aperture in front of the lens but behind the shutter.

Aperture

Aperture

The Play-Doh was covered in plastic food wrap as I held the shutter open with the stem from a cotton swab and pressed it into the aperture. I could have used about five hands for this operation. Thankfully, there isn’t glass in front of the shutter.

7mm-ish

7mm-ish

~90mm focal length / ~7mm diameter = ~f/13.

And then I found this ad. I need to re-find it on the web so I can give proper credit.

f/14

f/14

Checking the shutter speed
I set the Olympus to 240 frames per second and shot the shutter six times. In Quicktime, I counted frames from closed (pure black) to closed again. From my working notes:

Vid at 240 frames / second = 4.17 ms / frame

1. 14
2. 12
3. 12
4. 14
5. 12
6. 11
——
75 / 6 = 12.5 frames

12.5 x 4.17ms = 0.0521 seconds = ~ 5/100 = ~ 1/20 second avg.

fastest = 11 = ~ 4.6/100 = ~ 1/22
slowest = 14 = ~ 5.8/100 = ~ 1/17

Frame counter window

Frame counter window

The red window is bright and easy to read. Maybe too easy. The right edge of the aspen image and the top of the goats have some funky marks. It could be from processing. I’d need to shoot another roll doing frames with the window covered and uncovered to be sure.

Note to self: Cover the window on an old unknown camera unless that’s part of the test.

52 Cameras: # 115 & 116 — Using The Maxxum 7000 parts 1 & 2

Update 26 November 2016
Scroll down for results from the tutorial shoot.

Tutorial part 1 — getting the camera ready to shoot.



Tutorial part 2 — using the camera.



While I finish out the roll and process, here are some images from about a year ago shot using this camera. FPP RetroChrome 320 slide film. It’s grainy but nice. I used it when I shot with the Promaster 2000PK too. Developed in hopelessly exhausted E6 chemicals.

Morris parked at the Co-Op.

Morris parked at the Co-Op.


Iron Giant while Meow Wolf was still under construction.

Iron Giant while Meow Wolf was still under construction.


Sticks behind a chain link fence.

Sticks behind a chain link fence.




Tutorial Shoot Images

Ilford Pan F 50 expired “Dec 2002”. Developed in Kodak HC-110.

Jem grooming Goober -- no flash.

Jem grooming Goober — no flash.


Jem grooming Goober -- with flash.

Jem grooming Goober — with flash.


Compost pile under cloudy sky.

Compost pile under cloudy sky.


Roses -- macro with 4000 AF flash.

Roses — macro with 4000 AF flash.


"We don't make mistakes.  We have happy accidents" -- Bob Ross

“We don’t make mistakes. We have happy accidents” — Bob Ross

    I had a plethora of “happy accidents”. I…

  • Misread the expiration on the film box. If I had realized it was 14 years out of date, I would have adjusted the shooting ISO downward or used different film.
  • Didn’t check the internal battery and wasted a frame opening the back to reset the counter to ‘1’.
  • Underexposed shots of the gatos using a 2800 AF flash that was malfunctioning. Jem did start grooming Goober so it turned out to be a better image.
  • Tried to share the roll with another camera by cutting it in half in the dark bag after I shot the first half. I misjudged half way and ruined the apple depth-of-field test images.
  • The film felt odd going on to the developing reel but I was in a hurry and didn’t take the time to re-spool. The film jumped the guides and stuck together and came out completely near the end of the film, leading to over-agitation marks on ~ 5 frames.

52 Cameras: # 112 — Polaroid SX-70 Sonar




Not much in addition to what’s in the video — Impossible only gives you 8 frames per pack. I had a blank “oops”, too close flash over exposure, and accidentally took two shots of Pokey.
J-Man looking all cool.

J-Man looking all cool.


Princess Zoe.

Princess Zoe.


With the extra frame, I think Pokey will make a cool emulsion lift.

With the extra frame, I think Pokey will make a cool emulsion lift.


I was cutting out wormy bits to make juice with some of our apples.

I was cutting out wormy bits to make juice with some of our apples.


I met John for drinks after he did the Big-T route as training for the John Muir Trail.

I met John for drinks after he did the Big-T route as training for the John Muir Trail.

I did some tweaks on the exposure levels on these.

52 Cameras: # 111 — Samsung Maxima Zoom 145


The Maxima Zoom 125 review.



Fujicolor Super G Plus, ISO 200, expired in 1997.

Processing and scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

Lizard teasing the gatos on the other side of the screen.

Lizard teasing the gatos on the other side of the screen.


Zoe loves her catnip tomato.

Zoe loves her catnip tomato.


Migas -- breakfast of champions!

Migas — breakfast of champions!


My iffy migas recipe (for two):
In a (preferably cast iron) skillet, soften 2-3 chopped corn tortillas in ~ 2 tbsp oil.
When soft, add 2-3 whisked eggs.
When the eggs are almost hard scrambled, add 2-3 heaping tbsp salsa and 2-3 heaping tbsp grated/shredded cheddar or longhorn cheese.
Top with more cheese, chopped tomato, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with warmed flour or corn tortillas.
Eat lots.