We had signed up for the November 2020 Joshua Tree Half Marathon but the pandemic happened and the race was canceled. We decided to keep the Airbnb and escape any way. It’s in the middle of nowhere so except for buying take-out and booze we didn’t need to interact with anyone. A nice short trip to shake off the stuck-at-home blues. We wandered around Palm Springs in the rain, visited the Salton Sea, and did a fun hike in Joshua Tree National Park. We had to quarantine when we got back but it wasn’t much different from life before so it was definitely worth it.
Minolta SR mount is the same bayonet as MC & MD but with no meter coupling or smallest aperture lever.
I know I can buy a bellows, either an old M42 or a new really expensive Novoflex, but that’s no fun. Besides, this one was too beat up to use as-was, so it was either repair/modify it or recycle the aluminum and landfill the rest.
There wasn’t much room for captions in the video and they go by pretty fast so here are the 1st pass results for how much magnification I get with the 75mm enlarger lens:
Bellows retracted all the way: 0.66… (2/3).
Bellows fully extended: 1.92.
The test shots were done on a full-frame Sony A7. Full-frame is 24mm high X 36mm wide. I just tested vertically and took photos of a ruler and counted the visible millimeters. 24mm would be 1:1 (life size). It’s not terribly accurate since I had the camera & bellows angled on a tripod and hand held the ruler but close enough for a go-no go check.
I’ll add images and more rigorous test results or link to a new post if it gets too long.
This film was in the Chinon SLR I reviewed. It’s Kodak Max 400 I think, I can’t find my notes and the film is so dark I can’t read frame numbers or edge markings.
There was a lot of overlap, sometimes triple exposure, so the parts of the film that have images are kind of a jumble. Except for a couple (see below), it wasn’t worth extracting individual frames so I scanned strips – 5K-ish wide by 700-ish tall. WordPress image upload barfed on trying to do post-processing on the wide images so I’m putting links to unprocessed files. Click the link and your browser will open the JPEG in a new tab or window. In Firefox or Safari, click it and it will zoom to 100%. Then you can horizontal scroll.
1st image (~1.4MB)– The exterior shots look like the landscape around Los Alamos. 2nd image (~2MB)– This half is in better shape (multiple exposures aside). I think it may have been earlier on the roll so better protected when curious folks opened the camera back.
This is probably the best image I could salvage.
Old image or just old school. Dad may be military.
After WordPress couldn’t process, I punted and put the files on Google Photos. [time goes by…] After wasting an hour or so of my life, I found that Google Photos, like many things Google does, is a useless waste of time. They want complete control of how and with whom you share your own photos. I can share an album or a photo that’s not in an album but it either is controlled within Google’s viewer, which blows, or it can be downloaded. As a download transfer station to get images to friends, it does work, so it does have very limited utility. There are a couple of convoluted hacks to get links directly to files but none of them worked for me. I should have expected as much. After giving up on Google, I looked at the media library in WordPress and the original files had uploaded, it just couldn’t process thumbnails and other intermediate sizes.
Google – Don’t be evil. Hahahaha! Sucker! Getting you to think we weren’t going to be evil was the most evil part.
This roll of Kodak MAX 400 (C-41 color print film, not T-MAX) has been sitting in the refrigerator for a while. It was in the Canon AL-1 when I bought it in late December 2019. I’m trying to work my way through more found film before the chemicals go bad. I’m using the Cinestill “Color Simplified” 2-bath kit. It’s the 1st batch I’ve used so I have no idea of its staying power vs the Unicolor kit I usually use.
On to the images.
Gorgeous dog. Want to steal.
Frozen bird feeder.
Frozen bird feeder detail. Even the perch has ice.
Some color correction. The film survived its journey through a thrift store to me in pretty good shape.
It has a taking lens, a viewfinder lens, a waist-level lens, and a mirror. Pseudo TLR? TLR? ThreeLR?
PDF manual on the Manuals & Ephemera page.
From Beware the Pantium, my Son at I still ♥ film: “And my favourite part – a lens cap which says ‘camera’ on it. Given the amount of times I’ve tried to put my lens caps back on the kettle, this is super handy.”
My take is this: With all the effort put into fake bits to make it look, fooling no one, like a real camera, they could have built a real camera.
There may be some images here at some point. In spite of this being a valueless piece of carp when it works, I’m going to try to fix it. After the 1st tear-down, I had to go back in because I had a wire across the frame counter dial and the waist level viewfinder mirror came off. It has two plastic posts with the ends melted to hold the mirror. The spring that resets the counter when the back is opened broke and then my repair broke. I think I’ll replace it with a rubber band. It will make sense when I post tear-down & (hopefully) repair entries. I do love a pointless challenge.