This is the end-ish of the 52 Cameras Project. I’ll still be posting but I won’t hold to anything near a camera a week. A lot of cameras need TLC, I have a documentary photography class coming up in October, and a lot of projects need a push to get into production.
Not bad for a camera that was low-end 37 years ago. I’ll do a post about reloading 35mm film into a 126 cartridge later. I only had time to use the 35mm adapter in the scanner. The image overlaps the lower sprocket holes on 35mm film.
Scanned with the CanoScan 9000f at 4800 DPI using Image Capture.app and resized to 15% for upload. No idea why, but the Canon software overexposed everything.
Walking downtown we heard a dog barking. Who thinks to look UP when a dog barks?
My sweetie rockin’ Cher bangs and her cool VONA shirt.
We all know that Kodak’s strategy was to get cheap cameras into everyone’s hands and make money from film and processing sales. It doesn’t matter. The effect was still beneficial. Almost everyone has an awful snapshot that’s a meaningful part of their personal history.
There is a dent in the camera back that went through to the pressure plate. It doesn’t affect the focus much but you can tell the edge where it is pushed closer to the lens. All speeds are the camera setting but “ish”. I know the shutter is slow but not by how much.
Dead budgie — f/5.6 at 1/300.
Desert willow at Sandia — f/3.5 at 1/300.
Sandia Mountain foothills. I think it’s some kind of sage — f/11 at 1/100.
Pond at Sandia golf course — f/11 at 1/50.
Overcast with intermittent rain so it was a blue day but either the film or the scanner added more blue. Maybe both. Surfing for info, the film is bluish but can be corrected with a UV filter or by using a scan profile for Ektar.
I’ll post about the ongoing restoration in a couple of weeks.
Late again. I always forget some important specs: Shutter speed from 30 seconds to 1/8000. 100% coverage in the viewfinder. 8 AA batteries (it’s not a light camera). Mirror lockup. Custom functions — everything from setting what dial does what to leaving the film leader out after rewind. In its day, this was the cat’s pajamas for people making a living with a camera.
Some specs I didn’t mention: Shutter speeds are from 1/1000 to 4 seconds, the shutter uses vertically traveling metal blades, and there is an eyepiece shutter built in so no stray light gets in during long exposures. It uses two common LR or SR44 batteries and there is a battery check lever and light on the left side of the body (photographer’s POV). Film speeds manually set from ISO 16-2500.
This grab from the manual shows the viewfinder layout. The aperture isn’t a display per se, but a reflection of the number at the top of the lens.
I couldn’t get a decent picture of the viewfinder.
On to the photos. Fujicolor 200 film.
He did a beautiful version of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”. 50mm, f/5.6 @ 1/125 (I think).
50mm, f1/8, didn’t write down the shutter. Beautiful bokeh!
The perils and benefits of learning my way around a camera. I left the double exposure switch part way engaged so the film slipped. The super shallow DoF of the 135mm lens and the dark overcast morning made it work.
Accidental double-exposure. I think that’s my hand. 135mm lens, f/2.8
Daisies. 135mm, f/2.8 @ 1/30. Without a tripod, it looks like a Polaroid.
Sandia Man Cave. 50mm. f/8 at 1/500. Sunny but overcast is tough. To get her right, the sky is blown out.
Just remember, late at night you’ll hear what you think are footsteps. You’ll dismiss it as the cat walking around, turn over, and go back to sleep. Moments later, you’ll get that feeling that someone is watching you. You’ll sit up in bed, look around, and realize no one is there. You’ll try and go back to sleep, but before long, you’ll hear the “snip snip” sound of a small pair of scissors. Cuticle scissors perhaps. The sound comes closer, closer, CLOSER.
You won’t realize what’s happened until you’re coughing up bits of your own beard. You’ll remember your Kentuckian brother, the one who suffered the same fate, and you’ll shed a tear.