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"
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"
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 […]Read more "Using the Lomography Smartphone Scanner with the iPhone 11 Pro"
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"
In mid August a group of friends and I decided to take ourselves out for a photo-walk along Section 14 of the Capital Ring, the 78 mile circular walking route around London. I decided to take my Zenit TTL along with me as it had been a while since I used it and I wanted […]Read more "Section 14 of the Capital Ring: Hackney Wick to Beckton (and beyond!) with the Zenit TTL, Helios 44M, Jupiter Auto 135mm and Lomography Earl Grey film"
Recently I had my local Max Spielmann photo store develop and scan a roll of Kodak Portra 160 film that I’d put through my Olympus Trip 35. Having not used that store before I was a little nervous at what might come back. My experience with using different development services up til now has been […]Read more "Scanning 35mm at home vs scanning at the the minilab"
This year I’m on secondment to MediaCity at Salford Quays and I’ve been enjoying the photographic opportunities the area affords. Having put both my iPhone and my Nikon D750 to work photographing the quays, I decided to have a go at taking some pictures with a different perspective. My old Zenit TTL had been gathering dust for […]Read more "MediaCityUK via Zenit TTL & Jupiter 135mm Lens"