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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.

Phound Photos Volume 7

There is only one image so far but I’m really excited for a couple of reasons.

I bought a box of old movie films (Super-8 & 16mm) and it also came with boxes of color slides. These aren’t buy-them-at-the-gift-shop slides but photos someone took on various vacations. Inside the big boxes are small plastic Kodak slide boxes with labels written on them. They are somewhat jumbled but the small boxes are labeled with where the photos were taken and the recipient.

It’s a little sad thinking about why the boxes are labeled this way. Was the photographer downsizing in his old age or moving to assisted living (we used to call them “retirement homes”)? Did he die and this is how the slides were to be divided? The movies have extra labels indicating they were digitized. I hope the slides were too before they ended up at a Goodwill.

This is a fairly large collection and from what I can tell, he was a talented photographer. I’m not talking about a Vivian Maier kind of find, but a fascinating puzzle.

The box this slide came from is labeled “Hawaii For Holly”.

"Hawaii For Holly"

“Hawaii For Holly”

It’s a lousy scan but here’s the second reason I’m stoked — I used an old slide duplicator, an “Accura Zoom Duplivar”. I got it when I bought a different lot of equipment. The duplicator had a Minolta SR mount on it so I hadn’t really thought about using it. I was making myself crazy trying to find an M42 to EOS adapter — I have a couple and couldn’t find either — so I used some of my down time while sick this last week to organize the boxes and boxes of stuff in my office. It still looks like a mess but it’s a mess where I can better find things. Any way, putting lens adapters, macro tubes and such into their own bin, I came across the slide duplicator. Checking to see if I could cannibalize parts I realized the Minolta mount is also an adapter. The slide duplicator actually has a T-mount.

I also have, and miraculously found, a T-mount adapter for the Canon. It works but the crop factor (1.6) from the smaller APS-C sensor on the Canon 60D narrows the field of view too much. I’d have to take multiple shots of each slide and stitch them together. I might as well use the flatbed and the whole point is to get away from the cruel tedium of doing slides and negatives on the scanner. The 9000f is a good scanner but the workflow is error-prone and soooooo time consuming omigodjustkillmenow.

Plan C: I have a full frame digital which hasn’t been featured yet on 52 cameras. I also bought a Canon EOS to Sony E-mount adapter.

Voila!  Frankenkludge.

Voila! Frankenkludge.

It’s made up from these bits plus the Sony: EOS to E-mount adapter, T-Mount to EOS adapter, T-mount slide duplicator.

The bits...

The bits…

I inserted the slide, held the whole rig up to an LED bulb in the kitchen and pressed the shutter. The focus and light both need a little work but not bad for a quick pass/fail test. The slide duplicator doesn’t really have focusing but it does have settings from 1.0 (life sized) to 2.0 which I haven’t played with yet. Stacking adapters may be introducing some error as well.

I’ll tinker some more and report back here.

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.

Phound Photos Volume 6

I found this roll in a Pentax Zoom 90-WR Date. I purchased the camera on 14 December 2016 as part of a 15 camera lot from Goodwill of Orange County. The images seem to be from California City, CA.

Considering that it’s been in the camera for nearly 20 years and my color chemicals are almost exhausted, it’s a miracle I got anything.

"American Mercantile" film by 3M so it's probably Ferrania.

“American Mercantile” film by 3M so it’s probably Ferrania.


18-ish frames total. 3 of the 18 are partially ruined from light exposure.
He loves this truck.  Half of the images I got feature the truck.

He loves this truck. Half of the images I got feature the truck.


I'm guessing this is the proud owner.

I’m guessing this is the proud owner.


I usually hate date stamps on photos but in this case it was really useful.
Oneida for Christmas!

Oneida for Christmas!


Mom and dad?

Mom and dad?


Truck guy's younger siblings?

Truck guy’s younger siblings?


Happy 77th!  He must be OK, he's Pisces.

Happy 77th! He must be OK, he’s Pisces.


It’s always tempting to make up some sordid backstory about strangers (like I do to amuse myself in restaurants) but they seem nice so I’ll just leave this here.

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.