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.
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.
Not an exciting subject but good exposure.
Trees hold still while I mess around with an old 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
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.
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!”
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.