No Stutter Shutter - In Praise of Chinon SLRs

Cha-klack! There's nothing stealthy about the camera. This is an SLR and that's it. And no frills.

If you want to use a mechanical SLR and don't care to pay extra for the name on the camera, Chinon is a viable choice for you. These cameras go for small amounts in flea markets or on the auction sites. And you get cameras equally competent to the task as with any one from the large brands.

This is not aimed to be a thorough review. This post is made on the basis of my experience of using these cameras and the information about them that I've picked up.
The one above is a mid-60's camera. It's Chinon's first SLR. As you can tell the body is big, and I can tell you it's sturdy. And I love it as a user since a heavy camera makes you hold it more steady, which grants for sharper exposures.
  Compared to a contemporary Nikon F or Petri Flex/Penta the body is bigger. I would argue that the closest comparison in size is Canon FT.
  The lens mount is the M42 which was…

Vinterspår / Winter Tracks - a Local Open Studio Weekend

The first weekend in February public open studios and exhibitions are arranged in our home town Lindesberg. Many people take the opportunity to show and discuss the art and activities that are otherwise being made behind closed doors. I exhibited black & white photographs in the passage leading to our yard, along with the analog cameras I used to make the exposures.I also made some portraits using a Model 1A Kodak Folding camera - in my estimate one century old. It's originally made to use the obsolete 116 type film but I used today's standard medium format 120 film, with inserts to keep the film spool in position.
The portraits below were made with the old camera and modern daylight in cooperation. As you can see the bellows weren't light tight. The light streaks is the result of something like 15-30 minutes of leakage per photo, where the film was wound in position and later exposed with the portrait.

This post's completion was delayed almost two weeks by me get…

Sprocket Fool - 35 mm Panoramic with AGFA ASP 400S

I got hooked on the idea of using unsprocketed 35 mm film for panoramic photographs using my medium format cameras when I became aware of the existence of AGFA:s ASP 400S black & white film. You can't buy rolls of it but bulk amounts of 30,5 meters. My local (200 kms away) photography supplier Brunos Bildverkstad were kind enough to stock it after my request.

Earlier, I modded my other 6x6 cm Seagull TLR to make panoramic 3x6 cm exposures by taping up the film plane with electrical tape, and winding 'half-winds', which I've written about in an older post. By using the full width of the ASP 400S film there's no need to use tape. Also - using 35 mm cassettes as both feeding and receiving along with adapters to fit them in 120 format cameras (and others! Read on.) makes it very easy to load the camera i daylight and consequently make photographs without any fuss.

All of this is nothing new if you've used sprocketed 35 mm film in Lomography's Sprocket Rocket …

Expired Film - Obsolete Camera; More Goodies

Here are photographs from my second roll taken in November with the APS-system Canon EOS IX7 and adapted M42 Yashinon 50 mm lens.
Here I wrote about the first time I used the camera, film system and lens combination.

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Areas Turn Red - Panoramas in Redscale

Early one morning in the late summer I made some exposures on Lomography's redscale film with my panoramic-modded Seagull 6x6 TLR.
I extrapolated on the set-up in this post.
The film was developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab.

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APS-olutely Auto - or Using My Obsolete Canon EOS

[Wow! This is my 300th post!]

I first saw the EOS IX7 in a picture and it looked so small. It also looked very much like a camera I'd never feel the inclination to use. Yet, here I am, already on my third roll in a fortnight. And it's colour film at that. How did I end up here?

In late summer of this year I had bought a Canon EOS 5000 for a pittance. I'd never cast an eye on the EOS-cameras since I am usually a manual exposure kind of person. But the EOS 5000 was the one auto-exposure camera that had caught my attention with manual shutter settings on a control wheel instead of those annoying menus.
  Come November and I'd not finished an entire roll yet through my EOS. Yet on the Swedish auction site an EOS IX7 surfaced and was sold for a steal (~ €15).