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Still Stuck

I am really struggling with Cinestill's films. I've tried the 50 ASA and now the 800T. The 50 I didn't manage to scan and edit to anything resembling good pictures. And today I got paper copies with the developed 800T film which are so bad. I did some heavy editing of my phone photos of the copies in the Google Photos app but don't think much of the result. [Update: I did a scan using my digital camera. Several of the photos you see in the article after the update are heavily edited in Google Photos, Negative Image and Snapseed.] The copies I got from the lab were not even close to what I expected since I did have a conversation with the lab technician on the phone. I used my Olympus 35 RC with a yellow [no, orange] filter to compensate for the tungsten film. But it turned out massively yellow tinted in all but two exposures. What did I do wrong I ask myself? I exposed for the highlights in most exposures. I think that's where the lab got it wrong when making

Five Bodies One Eye

Inspired by a post by Adetorrent on his youtube channel I feel compelled to write about lens adapters. M42 At some point in time I decided that M42 lenses were my thing. I think the notion came from when I realized the fact that these lenses were made by many many manufacturers during many many years. So there would be a lot to choose from. And I did especially like the look and feel of the older ones. I've since managed - by coincidence and hard (?) work in equal measure - to create a set of cameras and lenses that I like to photograph with. With all the camera bodies and lenses in the M42 system around one can be picky both when it comes to performance and aesthetics. If you add lens adapters to the equation the number of camera bodies increases even more. Adapting M42 lenses As someone knowledgable in the Miranda system SLRs the above combination body-lens is a bit strange. The explanation is that the Meyer-Optik Görlitz 30 mm lens is adapted to the body with an adapt

Tilted and Shifty - A tilt/shift lens the DIY way

I've wanted to make my own tilt/shift lens since I love looking at those photos where cities seem like miniature size. Buying a proper tilt/shift lens is way too expensive for me so I bought a medium format Mir-3 lens for not so much. I figure I can also use it for other experiments in the future - it being my only medium format lens to date. This is what I started out with: * Sugru clay glue (didn't need it) * Piece of inner tube for a bike * Plastic lock straps * Metal rings of different thickness, approximately 45 mm across (to pick from depending on what I needed) * M42 extension/macro ring * M42 mount SLR * Medium format system lens, the Mir-3 65 mm Conversion/Modding On the Mir there is a thingy that needs to be lifted for you to be able to adjust aperture settings. Above I've put a folded piece of electrical tape to keep it in position. Here you can see the result of a very labour intensive process of pulling the rubber tubing to the Mir lens mount so it can be

Photographic Time Capsule

My girlfriend bought a second hand book with wonderful photographs. It was issued in 1934 with the ambition to show a wide spectrum of Swedish culture and geography. It is a true time capsule and includes the work of many talented photographers - none of them credited in the book. The photographs were compiled and commissioned by Anders Billow, a designer and editor at several renowned publishers and institutions in mid-century Sweden. For the purpose the photographs are chosen to be descriptive. But many of the choices are surprisingly - if not personal - small scale emotional. I wouldn't expect that in a collection like this. That is what makes this book stand out as an important document. Welcome to my Instagrams: #ourbooksmalmo #getourart and the Etsy shop getOurBooks filled with old cameras and their accessories.