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52 Cameras: Fujifilm Instax 210




No more images for now. I only had 7 in the pack and 4 are in the video.

I did cover the exposure sensor and not the flash sensor when I tested the flash. In the video I put my finger over the wrong one. The exposure sensor tells it whether to fire (and what f-stop/shutter combination to use) and the flash sensor tells it when to stop the flash if it fired.

Something I forgot in the video: The guide number (GN) of the flash isn’t given but the manual does give a range, 0.9-3m (~3-10 feet).

The light calculator: https://toolstud.io/photo/light.php

About Light Value (LV) vs. Exposure Value (EV): As I understand it (and I’m mostly self-taught so chime in on the YouTube comments if I’m way off), at ISO 100 LV and EV are the same. Light value is how much light is present in the scene. Exposure value is how much light you’re letting into the camera. At ISO 100, it doesn’t matter which you use because that’s how the units are set up. ISO 800 film is 3 stops (100 to 200 is 1, 200 to 400 is another 1, and 400 to 800 makes 3) faster than 100 so the EV is 3 stops lower than the LV – it takes 3 stops less light to give the same exposure to ISO 800 than it does for ISO 100.

Polaroid Mailers & Misc. Inserts

Not really manuals, but interesting (to me at least) as historical information.

I got Land Camera 210 information when I picked up another 250 at a thrift store.

Thorough. A manual to tell you where to find your manual.

Thorough. A manual to tell you where to find your manual.


That’s a lot of patents on one of the simpler Land cameras.


A lot of old Polaroids come with cases and paperwork. The mailers for getting copies of your prints are interesting. I lined these up in what I think is chronological order based on the prices. I scanned the whole thing for the oldest one. In typical Edwin Land fashion, it is logical and well laid out.

Fold the sides & bottom, insert prints, & seal.

Fold the sides & bottom, insert prints, & seal.


Visa was still "BankAmericard" & Mastercard was still "Master Charge".

Visa was still “BankAmericard” & Mastercard was still “Master Charge”.

I guessed this one is later because B&W prints are $0.05 more.

I guessed this one is later because B&W prints are $0.05 more.


The tidy package when it's all folded up.

The tidy package when it’s all folded up.


This is another example of how much thought went into this little mailer. You can see the instructions on the inside right below where someone would lick to seal the package, “Reminder – Tear off California address if you live closer to Massachusetts”. Both parts of the flap are gummed to seal the envelope. I made a GIF but decided it’s annoying.

Keep the flap and the California address shows.

Keep the flap and the California address shows.


Tear off the flap and it exposes the Cambridge address.

Tear off the flap and it exposes the Cambridge address.


I may have 1 and 2 transposed. The kids seem like an older ad and the 1st one has a “new product” the “11 X 14 Custom Gallery”. It also makes sense that PS181S-2 comes before PS181-X. Now I’ve convinced myself that the 1st one should be in the middle. Oh well, I’m not going to rearrange everything now.

Pretty sure this is the newest. It has an effective date, prices are higher, and...

Pretty sure this is the newest. It has an effective date, prices are higher, and…


Polaroid is no longer paying the postage.

Polaroid is no longer paying the postage.


The outside of the 1974 mailer. Groovy.

The outside of the 1974 mailer. Groovy.


I have no idea if Edwin Land had anything to do with the copy order mailers but it seems like the kind of thing he would obsess over until it was perfect.

Have a GIF. It is annoying. Muahahahaha!

Have a GIF. It is annoying. Muahahahaha!

52 Cameras: #191 – Polaroid Super Colorpack


I forgot to add it has the standard lighten/darken control around the light sensor.



Only seven images including the ones in the video. I used three testing another camera.

Part of it is in focus but the wind was whipping the bush.

Part of it is in focus but the wind was whipping the bush.


Nice colors on a gloomy day.

Nice colors on a gloomy day.


Hungry kitty.

Hungry kitty.

52 Cameras: # 185 — Polaroid ProPack




Update 20 December 2019: I shot a frame of GAF Versapan in this camera. This post got too long so I moved it to another post

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A lot of duplication with what is in the video. 10 frames in the pack & the first one jammed. Another, I had a dud bulb in a flash cube and it was black.

This is frame 2. Frame 1 jammed & I exposed this one getting it out.

This is frame 2. Frame 1 jammed & I exposed this one getting it out.


You can tell the bellows pinholes are small because the ghosts have diffraction effects.

You can tell the bellows pinholes are small because the ghosts have diffraction effects.


Looking for an article about diffraction, I discovered digital bellows leak filters are a thing.

Asters in the yard.

Asters in the yard.


Jem & Goober. No sunlight but I was right under the kitchen lights.

Jem & Goober. No sunlight but I was right under the kitchen lights.


Tried spreading developer with a bottle while it processed.

Tried spreading developer with a bottle while it processed.


The manual dev-goo spreading worked a little. The lighter area at middle left would have been blank. Not keeping tight control of pressure, I also lifted some developer – the white areas in the print – and spread it too thin – the light area to the right of Goober. I’d only seen the fern pattern with integral film before. Maybe I can tweak roller pressure and get better results out of Polaroid Originals/Impossible film.

Borrowed the rollers from a Color SuperPack and got proper developing.

Borrowed the rollers from a Color SuperPack and got proper developing.


The picture of Trinity above is a bit overexposed. I was too close and forgot to turn down the ProFlash power setting.

Looking closer, this isn't missing development, it's the bathroom wall. Dev problem would be on the left.

Looking closer, this isn’t missing development, it’s the bathroom wall. Dev problem would be on the left.


Cropped square and auto white balance in GIMP.

Cropped square and auto white balance in GIMP.


I couldn’t figure out why I was getting the beach-ball-of-death while resizing images in Preview. I’d opened the images stored on the iMac from the laptop. Apparently, I was closing Preview before the saves were complete and it did strange things.
The only interesting strange thing.

The only interesting strange thing.

52 Cameras: Cigar Box Pinhole WPPD 2019


Sites mentioned in the video:
Mr Pinhole: http://mrpinhole.com/
Draw angles on-line: https://rechneronline.de/winkel/angles.php



This camera’s specs:
Focal length: 91mm
Pinhole diameter: 0.4mm
F Stop: f/226
Film diagonal using 4×5″: 163mm
Angle of view: 83.7 degrees
Film: Instax Wide 800 ISO, & Arista EDU Ultra 100 ISO (actually Fomapan 100)


The neighbor's red barn.  1/5 second at f/226.

The neighbor’s red barn. 1/5 second at f/226.


Not a lot to show. I had the Instax and 4 sheets in the holders, one of which became this…
Normally, it's solid green.  I played with it after seeing the color of the rinse water.

Normally, it’s solid green. I played with it after seeing the color of the rinse water.


Not news to anyone familiar with large format (I’m not) but the notch is so you know which way is which in the dark. When the notch is on top, at the right, the emulsion is facing you. In the above image, you’re looking at the backing.

I actually have a 4X5 developing tank. I got it when I bought most of a darkroom from a guy in Santa Fe. He’s getting out of film photography to concentrate on restoring an old Lotus. Sometimes you have to choose and whichever passion is pulling you the strongest wins. Any way, it’s cool but it’s made to do a bunch of sheets at once and it takes a LOT of chemicals. So, I used the “taco” method to develop. You fold, well, gently bend, and put a hair tie around the film to keep it from coming undone. The Yankee tank I usually use wasn’t quite deep enough but I also got a Paterson from the same guy and it clears the 4″ height of the negatives. No reels but you have to keep in the center cylinder so it’s light tight. You can squeeze in 4 tacos but I only had the three to develop.

There’s a good taco development visual how-to on Flickr by Tony.

Rocks near Chimayo, NM.

Rocks near Chimayo, NM.


More rocks.  I lost a lot of the image to a light leak.

More rocks. I lost a lot of the image to a light leak.


This one really is portrait format - I tilted the ball head on the tripod all the way over.

This one really is portrait format – I tilted the ball head on the tripod all the way over.

I’m nearly caught up! Well, I have to scan two rolls and develop and scan another but that’s pretty close to caught up.

52 Cameras: # 134 — Polaroid Sun 600 LMS




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.

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.

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.

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.

My sweeties, chillin’ on the couch.


Just after sunset using flash override.  Highlighting the foliage in the foreground would've looked weird.

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.

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.

Last frame in the pack — walking into the sun on our street.




A sexy little beast.

A sexy little beast.


Frog tongue.

Frog tongue.


Nice clean film chamber and rollers.

Nice clean film chamber and rollers.


Original case.

Original case.


Detail of the strange override button.

Detail of the strange override button.

52 Cameras: # 129 — Pinhole cameras WPPD 2017


Links mentioned in the video:

Drill Your Own Precision Pinhole Apertures


http://www.mrpinhole.com
http://pinholeday.org



I like to show different images here but I was processing as we went to check exposure so we only got 3 from the paint can camera.

A chart from Mr. Pinhole showed 2.5 minutes. My meter app showed 1.5. We split the difference at 2 minutes and ended up overexposed. It was bright out.

I tweaked the levels a little bit.

I tweaked the levels a little bit.


I backed off the exposure time for this one.

I backed off the exposure time for this one.


You can’t see the close-focus distortion from the curved plane in the video.

The scanner at work, a Canon print/scan/fax thing, was giving me bad reflections from the clear plastic on the Instax frames so i had to adjust. They’re underexposed to start with — f/256 is pretty dim.

Tusker and Melon -- my WPPD contribution.

Tusker and Melon — my WPPD contribution.


Side-lit Buddha.

Side-lit Buddha.


Some of M's pots.

Some of M’s pots.




My kludge of a darkroom…
Foam core poster board painted black on the window.

Foam core poster board painted black on the window.


Black craft paper and tape around the door.  Towel at the bottom.

Black craft paper and tape around the door. Towel at the bottom.


It worked, it was black-black. Then I remembered when I bought a guy’s old darkroom stuff, I got a…
Safe light!  This is paper, not film.

Safe light! This is paper, not film.


Develop...

Develop…


Stop...

Stop…


Fix (It's a small bathroom)...

Fix (It’s a small bathroom)…


After a good rinse, hang to dry.

After a good rinse, hang to dry.

52 Cameras: # 112 — Polaroid SX-70 Sonar




Not much in addition to what’s in the video — Impossible only gives you 8 frames per pack. I had a blank “oops”, too close flash over exposure, and accidentally took two shots of Pokey.
J-Man looking all cool.

J-Man looking all cool.


Princess Zoe.

Princess Zoe.


With the extra frame, I think Pokey will make a cool emulsion lift.

With the extra frame, I think Pokey will make a cool emulsion lift.


I was cutting out wormy bits to make juice with some of our apples.

I was cutting out wormy bits to make juice with some of our apples.


I met John for drinks after he did the Big-T route as training for the John Muir Trail.

I met John for drinks after he did the Big-T route as training for the John Muir Trail.

I did some tweaks on the exposure levels on these.