Category Archives: 52 Cameras Project

52 different cameras for 52 weeks.

52 Cameras: #187 – Canon PowerShot G10

Things I missed or glossed over in the video:

Canon still has the manual.

Scene modes: Portrait – “soft effect”, Landscape – deep DoF, Night Scene – slow shutter + flash, Sports – continuous shooting with AF, Night Snapshot – reduces camera shake (boosts ISO & shutter?), Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200 (2X normal highest), and Color Swap.

Metering modes: Evaluative, Center weighted average, Spot AE Point/Center – spot metering is whatever is in the center of the LCD, and Spot AE Point/AF Point – AE point follows AF point (only works with FlexiZone AF selected).



No exposure modifications except the bird photo.
Some crops. For a P&S, it tolerates crops pretty well.

Jem doing what cats do.

Jem doing what cats do.


Open house at New Mexico Wildlife Center was awesome. It’s not on their web site yet but they have a “photographer’s day” coming up in November.
Lightened a little to bring the bird's face out of shadow.

Lightened a little to bring the bird’s face out of shadow.


Another shot of Joni. She touches a tennis ball on a stick & gets a treat.

Another shot of Joni. She touches a tennis ball on a stick & gets a treat.


Sunflowers at the co-op in Santa Fe.

Sunflowers at the co-op in Santa Fe.


I compost most things but goatheads get the flame.

I compost most things but goatheads get the flame.


An example of the exposure compensation. This is 0.

An example of the exposure compensation. This is 0.


This one is - 1/3 stop.

This one is – 1/3 stop.

52 Cameras: # 186 – Olympus Infinity 76 AF (SuperZoom 76S)




First, some found images. Fujicolor Superia 800.
Someone graduated.

Someone graduated.


Chillin' on the boat.

Chillin’ on the boat.


If you know these people or are these people, get a hold of me through the YouTube comments and I’ll get some images to you.

Goober again. If you want a cat to move, try to take its picture.

Goober again. If you want a cat to move, try to take its picture.


Kodak TMAX-100. The images were a little soft but I think that was mostly my development.
They didn't use the ratchet on the press.  More fun to run in circles.

They didn’t use the ratchet on the press. More fun to run in circles.


The proprietor of Wildharber Farm.

The proprietor of Wildharber Farm.


I mentioned organic in the video. I don’t know if the farm is certified but the practices are in line with it. Organic certification can take a long time and it can be pricey to get and maintain it.

52 Cameras: # 185 — Polaroid ProPack




A lot of duplication with what is in the video. 10 frames in the pack & the first one jammed. Another, I had a dud bulb in a flash cube and it was black.

This is frame 2. Frame 1 jammed & I exposed this one getting it out.

This is frame 2. Frame 1 jammed & I exposed this one getting it out.


You can tell the bellows pinholes are small because the ghosts have diffraction effects.

You can tell the bellows pinholes are small because the ghosts have diffraction effects.


Looking for an article about diffraction, I discovered digital bellows leak filters are a thing.

Asters in the yard.

Asters in the yard.


Jem & Goober. No sunlight but I was right under the kitchen lights.

Jem & Goober. No sunlight but I was right under the kitchen lights.


Tried spreading developer with a bottle while it processed.

Tried spreading developer with a bottle while it processed.


The manual dev-goo spreading worked a little. The lighter area at middle left would have been blank. Not keeping tight control of pressure, I also lifted some developer – the white areas in the print – and spread it too thin – the light area to the right of Goober. I’d only seen the fern pattern with integral film before. Maybe I can tweak roller pressure and get better results out of Polaroid Originals/Impossible film.

Borrowed the rollers from a Color SuperPack and got proper developing.

Borrowed the rollers from a Color SuperPack and got proper developing.


The picture of Trinity above is a bit overexposed. I was too close and forgot to turn down the ProFlash power setting.

Looking closer, this isn't missing development, it's the bathroom wall. Dev problem would be on the left.

Looking closer, this isn’t missing development, it’s the bathroom wall. Dev problem would be on the left.


Cropped square and auto white balance in GIMP.

Cropped square and auto white balance in GIMP.


I couldn’t figure out why I was getting the beach-ball-of-death while resizing images in Preview. I’d opened the images stored on the iMac from the laptop. Apparently, I was closing Preview before the saves were complete and it did strange things.
The only interesting strange thing.

The only interesting strange thing.

52 Cameras: # 184 — Bell & Howell (Canon) Dial 35-2




Kodak Color Plus 200 scanned on a Canon CanoScan 9000f at 2400DPI and resized for the blog. Any edits are in the image file names.
They look like tampons but they're ice sculptures.

They look like tampons but they’re ice sculptures.


Another fun night shot.

Another fun night shot.


I don't remember what this sign is for - I just like the abstract shapes.

I don’t remember what this sign is for – I just like the abstract shapes.


Flamingos at the Flamingo.

Flamingos at the Flamingo.

A little more than half way done with the scanning. If I see something interesting, I’ll add it to the post.

52 Cameras: # 183 — Yashica 230-AF




It speaks well for this camera that even with the shutter malfunction, giving a useful format of 36mm wide X 12mm high, I got some usable images. Most are sharpened a bit – they’re cropped to about 25% of normal area.

Kodak-Alaris Color Plus 200. I’m glad Kodak-Alaris re-introduced Color Plus. Usually, Gold 200 is what’s available in the US. Color Plus is good film for really cheap. I like it better than the Gold — it isn’t as saturated so images are more WYSIWYG. I can always add saturation in post if that’s what the subject calls for.

Scanned with a Canon CanoScan 9000f at 2400DPI.

Ant pile

Ant pile


Flowers in our friend's yard

Flowers in our friend’s yard


I left this uncropped except for the black part.  It made an interesting composition

I left this uncropped except for the black part. It made an interesting composition


M was critter-sitting.  The meanest turkey you'll ever meet.

M was critter-sitting. The meanest turkey you’ll ever meet.


Flowers in the yard.

Flowers in the yard.


I wish I had a better photo of Hank.  He's a 300 lb sweetheart.

I wish I had a better photo of Hank. He’s a 300 lb sweetheart.


Jem.  His paws were in the unexposed part.  Another sweetheart.

Jem. His paws were in the unexposed part. Another sweetheart.

52 Cameras: # 181 — Kodak Brownie Starflex




Barrancas at Pojoaque Pueblo

Barrancas at Pojoaque Pueblo


Light through the leaves

Light through the leaves


Dramatic sky

Dramatic sky


This image was in the video but this is before I cropped & cleaned up. There’s a head in the upper left. He noticed I was shooting a film camera and we talked a bit. His name’s Siddho and he’s a photographer in Santa Fe.
Siddho's head

Siddho’s head




A shout out to Bob for giving me the film. He’s the same guy who lent me his Nikon FM.
Original price (sticker underneath)

Original price (sticker underneath)


Later price and then 1/2 price

Later price and then 1/2 price


Exposure instructions right on the backing paper

Exposure instructions right on the backing paper


It performed well for film 37 years past its "develop before" date

It performed well for film 37 years past its “develop before” date

52 Cameras: # 180 — Bolsey B2




I’ll start with an image that’s in the video. I just metered the scene without compensating for the strong back light. This is what I got:
Goober & Jem: un-adjusted

Goober & Jem: un-adjusted


Using the scanner adjustment to compensate. I can see them but the background is brighter (don’t care) and they look hazy (do care). This is the result:
Dragged the scanner software midtone on the histogram to 60 (default 128)

Dragged the scanner software midtone on the histogram to 60 (default 128)


I tried the Photoshop merge, the same wizard that let’s you create a panorama. It did not cover itself in glory. Several manual variations later, I came up with this:
Stacked the images as layers and played with transparency.  Then used the levels setting in Preview.

Stacked the images as layers and played with transparency. Then used the levels setting in Preview.


I may be able to get something better using layers with a selective erase (I got better results putting the darker layer one top and varying the transparency, which seems counter-intuitive to me) but I’m not sure it won’t look like modern HDR-that-doesn’t-look-real images.

The film & the lens handle wide contrast ranges if you meter properly

The film & the lens handle wide contrast ranges if you meter properly


I have a scanner-brightened version of this too but I haven't tried exposure stacking.

I have a scanner-brightened version of this too but I haven’t tried exposure stacking.


I was trying to avoid cars in the frame and ended up with "Ladies & Gentlemen, St. Francis has left the building".

I was trying to avoid cars in the frame and ended up with “Ladies & Gentlemen, St. Francis has left the building”.

52 Cameras: # 179 — Time Magazine Promotional Camera




I wanted to shoot with this camera before I start modifying it and maybe destroy it completely. Plus, I got an unused roll of film in a camera bag that came with a camera. – some Kodak HD 400. No idea of its age or how it was stored so it’s ideal for a low-expectations camera.

Links mentioned in the video:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Upgrade-Your-Time-Magazine-Promotional-Camera/
https://collectiblend.com/Cameras/New-Taiwan/
1984 Time Magazine camera promo commercial

Most of the Time cameras have the fake motor drive bump out – mine doesn’t. This guy has the exact same camera, right down to the SN on the lens.

Some color tweaks and haze removal but that’s more the film than the camera.


Rug drying in Santa Fe

Rug drying in Santa Fe


Jem - a cat with a purpose

Jem – a cat with a purpose


Trinity's just trying to stay cool

Trinity’s just trying to stay cool

52 Cameras: #178 — Ricoh XR-2s




This is the same Kodak High Contrast Copy Film I tested in the Nikon FA. Beautiful but challenging stuff. I shot ~ 1/2 roll and got 13 images. Not 13 subjects since I was bracketing. With the film speed all the way down to ISO 12, the XR-2s doesn’t allow exposure compensation so some I shot at Auto (aperture priority) ISO 12 and some in metered manual at ISO 6. Developed in HC-110 dilution H for 11.5 minutes. Still too much agitation so I had to crop in a bit to avoid the over-development near the sprocket holes.
Pot & rock: f/8 at 1/2 second

Pot & rock: f/8 at 1/2 second


Watering can on stump: f/4 at 1/15

Watering can on stump: f/4 at 1/15


Agave: f/2.8 at 1/8

Agave: f/2.8 at 1/8


A fun bit of history – the receipt for the zoom lens in the kit.
In 1982, the Tokina zoom was HK$700 from Liu's Camera & Radio

In 1982, the Tokina zoom was HK$700 from Liu’s Camera & Radio


This was during the period when the Hong Kong Dollar had a floating value in relation to the US Dollar. According to the Federal Reserve, the exchange on 16 August 1982 was HK$ 6.1350 to 1 US$. The lens was the equivalent of US$114. But, a 1982 US$ is worth US$2.67 today so the lens was the equivalent of US$304. For a constant aperture 100-300mm zoom, that’s a pretty good deal.