Freshly returned to Manchester, last October I took the Pentax ME-F, armed with 28mm lens and Ilford FP4+ film, for an autumnal wander around the super hip and fast developing Ancoats area of the city.
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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. […]
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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 […]
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After diddling around with some low budget black and white films recently, Fomapan, Efke and Kentmere, none of which I found to be especially different to one another, I decided to order a couple of rolls of Ferrania P30. This classic Italian film, newly resurrected from the dead, has had lots of publicity in the […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Last week, on a damp, grey and dreary day, I decided to take a camera for walk around the Royal Docks with my mate Daniel. Starting from Barrier Park and we worked our way towards the North Woolwich Pier Head and onto Gallions Point before finishing at the University of East London campus at Cyprus […]
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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 […]
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The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner was something of an impulse purchase after I spotted it in the shop during a recent visit to the Design Museum. It’s a little gadget for mounting a phone camera in a way that allows you to “scan” 35mm negatives. I was aware the product had come out a fair […]
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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 […]
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