Cool effects with double exposure and a slow shutter speed.
This was more of a “catch it falling off the post because I don’t have a tripod” kind of deal.
And this was a “Did I wind? I’m pretty sure I wound.” I do love the pastels when Portra is overexposed.
Did I really use film that wasn’t expired? I could be on to something!
I was cleaning the office/workshop while the pigeons ferried buckets of bits to Youtube. Not able to find anything clean, but less dangerous. I discovered I had one unused frame in an Instax Mini. I loaded it by feel into the Milona inside the dark bag, shot it, and then put it back into the Instax for processing. I didn’t get it lined up quite right but not bad.
I metered for box speed (ISO 80) even though the film is 44 years old so most of the shots are underexposed. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything because of the cross-processing so this is a pleasant surprise.
Goober pining for the fjords
Quite a bit of flare.
Half of the image in the video. Jem approaches Goober.
Is this thing on? Spooky how much I’m looking like my dad.
A minor tear-down to clean it and measure the aperture.
The place to start — there are only two screws.
The whole lens/shutter assembly lifts off to reveal…
… This felt pad which makes it light tight.
I wanted to get to the back of the lens to clean it but I couldn’t figure out how to remove the shutter. It turns out it’s just sitting there. The whole stack, the face-plate, lens, shutter, and felt, are held in place with the screws.
The outer shutter opens & the inner one closes so the aperture is already covered when you let go of the lever.
The time lever (right in the photo above) has a tab that holds the inner shutter open.
The back of the lens board.
The body is just a light-tight box with a knob to turn the spool.
Simple is good. Simple survives. Other than cleaning the lens and a little gunk in the shutter, I didn’t have to do anything. This camera works as well as it did 77 years ago.
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.