My first go with Ferrania P30 was not a resounding success, most of the roll coming out extremely thinly in the shadows giving dark images with mostly blown highlights. A sense check of the light meter on my Pentax ME-F showed the camera to be operating normally, so I could rule out any issues there. […]Read more "Ferrania P30: A Second Attempt"
The unfortunate episode with my first roll of Ferrania P30 led me to conclude the light meter on my Pentax ME-F might be off – or at least thrown off in certain lighting conditions. To test this I bought some reliable Ilford FP4 and decided to do some bracketed test shots, trying out scenes in […]Read more "EXPOSED! A check of the light meter on my Pentax ME-F"
Just before my 40th birthday in February one of my friends messaged to tell me her mum had some old camera equipment she wanted to get rid of and asked if I was potentially interested in any of it. A few photos were exchanged and in amongst a jumble of compact cameras and camcorders I […]Read more "A New Toy: First Time Out with the Pentax ME-F and Expired Efke 100 film"
London is experiencing a particularly colourful Spring this year, with lots of beautiful bloom everywhere you care to look. As a quick mini lockdown project, I thought it would be fun to take out my Nikon D750 on one of our daily exercise walks around Wormwood Scrubs. Rather than using a regular nifty-fifty Nikkor, I […]Read more "Helios 44-2 on the Nikon D750: A Quick Turn Around the Scrubs"
Many weeks ago, in a time before The Virus, and before The Lockdown, I went on a non-socially distant walk with my mate David, taking in the Grand Union Canal from Kensal Town to Primrose Hill. As is often the case on these occasions, I wanted to take a camera with me. I’d been rooting […]Read more "Along the Canal to Primrose Hill with the Rollei 35 LED and Kentmere 400"
In the late 1990’s my parents came home from a car boot sale with a bright yellow box that looked like it had just been taken off the camera store shelf. It was immaculate. Inside was a Kodak Brownie 127 Model 2 camera, dating from around 1960. Its wrist strap was still wound up and […]Read more "A 60 Year Old Kodak Camera Takes its First Photograph"
In August, for reasons I can’t even now remember, I decided to load my rarely used Trip 35 with a roll of Kentmere 400 film and take it with me to Manchester Pride. Between then and December, the camera also accompanied me on a family visit to Eastleigh, a long weekend in Madrid, and a […]Read more "5 Frames Over 5 Months with the Olympus Trip 35"
I’ve had my Yashica-635 camera for 20 years, my parents finding it for me at a car boot sale. It’s a twin-lens reflex (TLR), a camera format popularised by Rolleicord and Rolleiflex cameras in the interwar period of the 20th Century. Two lenses sit on top of each other, the bottom one focussed on the […]Read more "Classic Camera Review: Yashica-635"
Last month I had cause to visit Liverpool for the first time. I took my Nikon F55 loaded with Kodak ColorPlus, the 28-80mm G kit lens and wide angle 20mm f2.8 AF. Here are a few shots along the historical waterside and the trendy Baltic Quarter. I scanned the negatives on my Epson V550 but […]Read more "Liverpool Waterside and Baltic Quarter with Nikon F55 and 20mm Lens"
Back in September Apple announced their new iPhone line-up, with the 8, 8 Plus and X, the latter of which created the most excitement amongst the public, but which also came with a delayed release date and a very expensive price tag. I put myself on the Upgrade Programme in 2016 and so had the […]Read more "Four Months with the iPhone 8 Plus"