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52 Cameras: Week 17 part 2 — Yashica 635

Techne has smiled upon me. I like to do a test run with a camera before committing to it as the camera of the week but I was so stoked to try the Yashica, I went for it.

I found interesting subject matter, used excellent Ilford XP2 Super 400 B&W film, The Camera Shop of Santa Fe did their usual stellar processing, and the camera was a delight. Even the Canoscan 9000f behaved (as well as it ever does). This was 120 film. Later, I’ll run some 35mm through the Yashica. There was a 35mm roll in the camera when I got it but sadly, no Bigfoot or Jimmy Hoffa pictures. It was blank.

Exposure values are ballpark accurate. Some I wrote down and some I didn’t. Scanned to TIFF (millions of colors) at 4800 DPI, converted back to B&W in Photoshop, and resized (~10%) and converted to JPEG for upload.

Zoe -- f3.5 at 1/25

Zoe — f3.5 at 1/25

I’ll let her tell the tale of our dinner. She’s the writer. I just take the pictures.

My sweetie at our Christmas Thai dinner -- f3.5 at 1/25

My sweetie at our Christmas Thai dinner — f3.5 at 1/25

Snoozing on the couch -- f3.5 at 1/25

Snoozing on the couch — f3.5 at 1/25

Funky trailer on Alameda - f16 at 1/500

Funky trailer on Alameda – f16 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy's Field - f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy’s Field – f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy's Field #2 - f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy’s Field #2 – f11 at 1/500

Christmas-y Frenchy's Barn -- f11 at 1/500

Christmas-y Frenchy’s Barn — f11 at 1/500

Passing through, waiting for his car to be repaired -- f11 at 1/500

Passing through, waiting for his car to be repaired — f11 at 1/500

I realized after posting that I had film upside down in the scanner and the images are mirror image.

I used Pocket Light Meter. Photos were a little overexposed so I adjusted a couple a smidge in Photoshop. I wouldn’t be surprised if a 55-year-old shutter was a wee bit slow. The only thing I did to the camera was clean the lenses.

Old cameras and meters and such

Before I embarked on the 52 cameras project I used the Nikon F from my dad. The kit includes a Weston Master IV Model 745 meter but alas, the selenium cell is dead.

A lot of older cameras have built-in meters that have dead cells, aren’t accurate any more, or take obsolete mercury batteries. For some you can substitute zinc-air hearing aid batteries or use some other kludge but even with power the meter may or may not be accurate.

Thankfully, I found this amazing exposure aid, the Exposure-Mat by Dave Harris. You make it out of card stock, it’s available in two sizes, and it’s free for personal use. Click on the graphic to open the site in another window.

Exposure-Mat

Exposure-Mat

There is a more in-depth look at this and some other exposure calculators at Figital Revolution.

Another FR page puts it together with a framing card, human rangefinder, and other tools. A very cool, totally manual, addition to any camera kit.

One of these days, I’ll take the plunge and get a good modern meter. Until then, I use an exposure calculator and/or something else I usually have with me any way, my phone. The best metering app I’ve seen so far is Pocket Light Meter. It’s free with ads or 99 cents to turn them off. Seriously though, use the in-app purchase and buy the guy a pint. It’s a really good meter.

Since Pocket Light Meter is able to use both cameras, you can turn your phone into an incident light meter using a piece of typing paper. ** 19 October 2016 ** Sadly, this link is dead.

You can also take it to the next level and get a Luxi, a nice looking diffusion dome for the iPhone and Pocket Light Meter.

I don’t have any financial stake in plugging any of these products or sites, these are just some tools I’ve found to be really useful.