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Yellow Tinted and Squared - Bilora Bella 44 with Rollei Dia-Positive Film

This is what came out of an outing to see what my recently aquired Bilora Bella 44 was capable. I also tried a new (to me) film.



The Bella is a 127 format camera which produces twelve 4x4 cm exposures on the 127 film. The film I tried is called Rollei Crossbird Creative, ISO/ASA 200. Under that name it is a film to be cross-processed - i e developed in colour negative chemicals even though it is a (dia) positive film. I gather that this use of the film makes the colours go all "creative".


I decided to expose it as a positive film, though - mainly since I hadn't intentionally exposed any positive film before.


Seeing the scans I can gather that the original film is a dia-positive film for tungsten light, since there is a strong yellow hue to the photographs even though they were exposed in strong (afternoon) sunlight.


I am very happy with the way the photographs turned out and can conclude that this trial run of the Bilora Bella 44 has me wanting to use it more.



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Pulling the Plug - My Adventures in Packfilm Part 1

Here's a story about a bargain find (two actually) which came just in time to take me on one sentimental journey and one crazy idea which eventually may come to a sort of fruition.

Above you can see me holding the polaroid photograph which I subsequently gave to my daughter's maternal grandparents on a sunny May-day recently. It was taken on the first meet-up since February's Covid-19 meeting restrictions. We kept our distances but I could give them this important memory of their finally meeting their granddaughter after such a long and gruelling time.


This is a crop of the above mobile-photo, so not as sharp as the original. You can see the special character of the lens though, the circular swirling around her head and the short depth of field even at (the only) f/8,8 aperture. This is taken at 1,5 meters - closest focusing distance is 1,1 meters.


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Hi-Matic C - Singing for an Unsung Minolta

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Uncut Gem - My Magic Memory Camera: Halina 35X

One of my all time favourite cameras is the Halina 35x. There is always something wrong with it and that's what gives the photos character.

This time there was a problem with the winding so the film was folded and even crumpled in a couple of places. That's why there are streaks and spots in some places.
Usually the Halinar lens finds focus well and on the edges of the frame not so good. The corners go darker when exposures need the wider apertures. The lens doesn't do strong light very well, which fogs some photographs.
I made the exposures on a roll of Rollei 400S which I had the kind people at Elof Ericsons Foto in Gothenburg develop since the film won't let itself be developed in Caffenol.



The winding also had the film double expose sometimes so I had to edit away some ugly parts. All the photos are edited for higher contrast, some more some less.









The shutter is cocked in a two step procedure. First you wind the film. Second you cock the shutter with a lever which is si…

A Chaika on a Hike - LomoChrome Metropolis in Soggy Winter

This is my first roll of Lomography Lomochrome Metropolis @400 ASA. I received it in the middle of the very uninspiring winter. To tell the truth it took some real effort to finish the 72 exposures under those conditions.


The first camera I decided to try it in is my modded Chaika 2M which now carries any Leica thread mount (LTM) lens with a flair. My thought process was that the strong characteristics of the camera would be the perfect fit for the film's very own distinct characteristics.

Being a half-frame camera the camera/photos don't do entire justice to the fine LTM lenses in not showing the full image. I've mostly used two wide angle 35 mm lenses making the photo crop equivalent to 53 mm on a full frame camera. The main lens was my Canon 35 mm. Some of the photos were exposed with an 35 mm Meyer Optik SLR lens (I don't know what mount it originally has) I've modded to LTM. One or two exposures were made using my Canon FL 50 mm lens on a FL/FD to LTM adapte…

Bad Gets Worse - More Worst Lens Photos

More from the worst (most badass baddest) lens I own. 




The camera used is a digital Fujifilm X-Pro 1.






These are links to where I write more about using the lens and its origin. I've recently made some exposures on b&w film with the lens. It will be interesting to see how the lens performs once I've developed it. I will get back to that in a future post.

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