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.
Scanned on a CanoScan 9000f at 600DPI. These are resized to 1024 pixels on the short side.
The first two are also in the video. There are 8 frames in a pack of Impossible film — it’s not like I have 36 images to choose from, plus, I really like them.
Zoe. No idea why it happened but I love the colors on the white walls.
Most RVs run the gamut from butt-ugly to “meh”. Airstreams are cool.
This is a lame picture but it’s the result of an experiment so I included it. I used a telephoto adapter for a Canon AF35ML/Super Sure Shot/Autoboy Super (which sadly, I don’t have working yet). I framed using the adapter lens held over the viewfinder lens and then moved it over the taking lens. I was a little sloppy with the framing (no tripod) and got my finger in the picture but it works! That means I can use an even longer telephoto, a wide angle, or even a fish-eye adapter. I do need to adjust for the loss of light next time — there ain’t no free lunch.
There’s a hummingbird in there somewhere.
Another developer-didn’t-quite-reach splat. Still, not bad for film that’s been expired for 2 years.
My sweeties, chillin’ on the couch.
Just after sunset using flash override. Highlighting the foliage in the foreground would’ve looked weird.
My other swwetie, Trinity. She has a 6th sense like Zoe, and starts moving when a shutter fires.
Last frame in the pack — walking into the sun on our street.
Some color correction for the old film — this camera got the 2nd half of a 1997 Fuji 400 roll.
I hope I can fix/remove the weird drips. I like a couple of the images enough to try with swabs and distilled water.
I did a LOT of color correction on these. The film in the camera in the video is not what I used — that’s a bad roll of Polaroid I use to test film transport, etc. The images are Fuji ISO 400, expired in April of 1997 and it shows. Really grainy and it has a bluish tint almost like expired slide film. I processed this at home (Unicolor C-41 kit) so temperature variation might be part of it. It’s not the camera’s fault.
Cropped pretty far into this so it’s extra grainy. A truck pulled up right when I pressed the shutter.
Another random cat.
The Koni-Omega. A project camera taking a picture of a project camera…
A cool cat scarf M picked up at a pop-up store in Santa Fe.
Jem is so chill.
Dried up roses. I got a lot of mileage out of these flowers as a subject.
While editing the video, I thought of a way to do exposure compensation. The lens is smaller than the glass covering and well above the CdS sensor. A bit of neutral density filter material over the sensor but not the lens and it’ll over-expose. Over the lens but not the sensor will underexpose. I have some 3-stop from using Instax in pack film Polaroids…
The film is Fuji 200 i got with a camera lot from a Craigslist ad. It was in his garage and I have no idea how old it is. Pretty grainy so I did some noise reduction and minor tone tweaks. Processed and scanned by Gold One Hour Photo in Los Angeles, CA.
Eastern side of the Salton Sea.
There were some other tracks but not many.
Lattice above a picnic table — now a good 1/2 mile from the sea.
The film in the video was shot last year. We went back to the Salton Sea again this year and I shot with a couple of still cameras I’ll review shortly.
The film page at Spectra Film & Video shows what they currently have. I got two rolls of the Agfachrome 200D with processing before it sold out and it worked well and the processing was really well done.
Spectra’s telecine can seem pricey but after working on two 8mm projectors and an editor just to be able to look at the film, it’s feeling cheaper and cheaper: Shooting video of the projection looks awful. Neither scanner is suited to a reel of film of any size. Kludging a slide duplicator is a possibility but that’s going to take forever to shoot frame by frame.
I have 3 or 4 other cameras, a mix of 8mm and Super-8, plus a bunch of found 16mm reels, so I have to decide whether to: A) farm it out, B) buy something, or C) make something.
A has the advantages that I don’t have even more clutter, I don’t put in a bunch of time, it’s done by professionals, and I only spend the money when I have something. But, it’s expensive.
B is a one-time investment, but it’s time consuming, good telecine gear is also expensive & I don’t want to do conversions for others for it to pay for itself. And more stuff to store.
C is cheaper in money but time consuming to design and make it. A good design could be set it and forget it once it’s built. I love a challenging project but I have several in line ahead of it.
Probably A or C or a mix of A and C. I’ll let you know.