Category Archives: 52 Cameras Project

52 different cameras for 52 weeks.

52 Cameras: # 146 — Utility Mfg. Co. Carlton (Falcon Miniature)




I metered for box speed (ISO 80) even though the film is 44 years old so most of the shots are underexposed. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything because of the cross-processing so this is a pleasant surprise.
Goober pining for the fjords

Goober pining for the fjords


Quite a bit of flare.

Quite a bit of flare.


Half of the image in the video.  Jem approaches Goober.

Half of the image in the video. Jem approaches Goober.


Dramatic tree.

Dramatic tree.


Is this thing on?  Spooky how much I'm looking like my dad.

Is this thing on? Spooky how much I’m looking like my dad.




A minor tear-down to clean it and measure the aperture.
The place to start -- there are only two screws.

The place to start — there are only two screws.


The whole lens/shutter assembly lifts off to reveal…
... This felt pad which makes it light tight.

… This felt pad which makes it light tight.


I wanted to get to the back of the lens to clean it but I couldn’t figure out how to remove the shutter. It turns out it’s just sitting there. The whole stack, the face-plate, lens, shutter, and felt, are held in place with the screws.
The outer shutter opens & the inner one closes so the aperture is already covered when you let go of the lever.

The outer shutter opens & the inner one closes so the aperture is already covered when you let go of the lever.


The time lever (right in the photo above) has a tab that holds the inner shutter open.
The back of the lens board.

The back of the lens board.


The body is just a light-tight box with a knob to turn the spool.

The body is just a light-tight box with a knob to turn the spool.


Simple is good. Simple survives. Other than cleaning the lens and a little gunk in the shutter, I didn’t have to do anything. This camera works as well as it did 77 years ago.

52 Cameras: # 144 — Argus A


I need to start wearing my glasses when I do these videos. I can’t see what I’m doing up close.


A couple of things I thought of after I finished the video:
There’s no rewind release. The same knob you pull to load the cassette is the rewind knob. It’s a good idea to check it to make sure the film tension is OK after you pull it out of your bag.

The shutter is completely uncoupled from the film transport so multiple exposures are easy/easy mistakes to make.

The working bits of the camera were clean even though the body is dusty. I had it in the bag with no lens cap and the lens got crud on it. There is some grain and scanner noise in the darker shots.

This is what happens when I forget to pull out the lens.

This is what happens when I forget to pull out the lens.


Double exposure.  1/25 second wasn't slow enough so I winged it using 'B'.

Double exposure. 1/25 second wasn’t slow enough so I winged it using ‘B’.


Nice color but the uncoated lens flares if I'm not careful.

Nice color but the uncoated lens flares if I’m not careful.


Not an exciting subject but good exposure.

Not an exciting subject but good exposure.


Trees hold still while I mess around with an old camera.

Trees hold still while I mess around with an old camera.

52 Cameras: # 142 — Fujica AZ-1




Photoworks color print film, ISO 400, expired 01/06. Developed in marginal Unicolor C-41 chemicals. Scanned on a CanoScan 9000f at 3200DPI. A few tweaks obvious in the file names.

They only come on at night.

M's niece & nephew got these cool ballons with LEDs & light sensors.

M’s niece & nephew got these cool ballons with LEDs & light sensors.


Sunset through the autumn leaves.

Sunset through the autumn leaves.


Sunflowers at La Montanita Co-op.  Not much editing -- it just looks like a painting.

Sunflowers at La Montanita Co-op. Not much editing — it just looks like a painting.

52 Cameras: # 141 — Pentax Spotmatic SP




Kodak Tmax 100 developed in HC-110 dilution ‘H’ (1+63) at 68F for 12 min.
Scanned on a Canon CanoScan 9000f at 2400DPI.

Another frame showing the unexposed portion.

Another frame showing the unexposed portion.


The camera is getting better with use but I want to figure out what’s going on. The side of the frame that’s black and the direction of curtain travel should point the way.

Pretty severe crop.  The cool plant that was the real subject was in the black part.

Pretty severe crop. The cool plant that was the real subject was in the black part.


Another crop -- the tree was at the right thirds vertical.  Love the rocks though.

Another crop — the tree was at the right thirds vertical. Love the rocks though.


This one, like the shot in the video, came out well and didn't have the problem.

This one, like the shot in the video, came out well and didn’t have the problem.


I like the perspective distortion in this one -- it gives a sense of height.

I like the perspective distortion in this one — it gives a sense of height.

52 Cameras: # 140 — Using the Ansco Readyflash & Spooling 620 Film

Using the Ansco Readyflash Part1: Spooling 620 Film

There are a lot of sites with instructions for paring down 120 spools instead of re-spooling. Give it a whirl if you don’t mind risking a roll. A couple of examples:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-120-Film-in-620-Era-cameras/
https://www.lomography.com/magazine/178618-how-to-modify-120-film-for-a-620-film-camera

One warning if you decide to go this route: The 620 film slot and the corresponding piece in the camera that turns it are smaller. Make sure the adapted roll is smooth on the ends and rotates freely. Otherwise, the bit inside the camera may rotate inside the slot of the film spool and break it. Filing the end of the spool makes it even weaker. See my experience using a 120 spool in a Rover (Diana) camera.



Using the Ansco Readyflash Part2: Loading & Shooting

Film Photography Project 620 film goodies: https://filmphotographystore.com/collections/all/620-film

52 Cameras: # 139 — Nikon D200




Links mentioned in the video:
Nikon: D200 manuals, firmware, & software.
DPReview: Nikon D200 Review
Nikonians: Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems
Nikonians: Understand the Multi-Cam 1000 Auto focus



Freethrow.

Freethrow.


Shiny & dusty Chevy.

Shiny & dusty Chevy.


Even after making CEO, executive kitty feels empty.

Even after making CEO, executive kitty feels empty.


Abandoned trailer -- Bloomfield, NM.

Abandoned trailer — Bloomfield, NM.


Colorful breakfast.

Colorful breakfast.

52 Cameras: # 137 — Yashica FX-70 Quartz




Like a lot of camera companies (most? all?) Yashica has made some amazing gear and some real crap. This falls somewhere in between. It’s a good camera but always needing batteries and no manual mode keep it (for me) from being a great camera. It’s certainly worth finishing repairs and shooting some more.

Expired (no idea when — different batch than the 1997 stash) Sam’s Club Fuji Super HQ 200. I keep saying I’m going to quit using expired film but a friend just gave me eight more rolls. Scanned on a Canon CanoScan 9000f at 2400DPI.

Light through the trees and through the blinds onto the living room wall.

Light through the trees and through the blinds onto the living room wall.


Trinity on the sun porch.  I missed the focus by a little.

Trinity on the sun porch. I missed the focus by a little.


When I first looked at the negs after hanging them to dry, I thought "That's cool!"

When I first looked at the negs after hanging them to dry, I thought “That’s cool!”


Wind chime crystal.

Wind chime crystal.

This is where I started to get into trouble. I went outside so I was focusing at infinity and the mirror started hanging up on the back of the lens.

Storm brewing towards Santa Fe.

Storm brewing towards Santa Fe.