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Showing posts from April, 2020

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. Paddan/the Toad boat sightseeing in Gothenburg harbour. A heavily fogged photo. More of the Fogg

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 ad

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. Thanks for reading this far! Don't hesitate to comment or check out my Instagram at  #ourbooksmalmo . Visit my Etsy shop  getOurBooks  where you can find vintage cameras and photography equipment. If you feel inclined to contribute to this blog with material in the same vein, don't hesitate to contact me.

Ten, Eleven, Crap - or Using Underperformer Cameras Part Four (Bilora, Felica, Belco)

No. 10: Bilora 44 Will I get that dreamy medium format/Lomo look, finally? I wanted a horizontally winding 127-format camera to use with my AGFA ASP 400S film. I. e. using unsprocketed 35 mm film to keep the costs down while still getting large near-127 format negatives (or positives). The photos shown here are exposed on 127-format Rera Pan though. The exposures are square sized 4x4 centimeters, hence the name. This is a really simple camera which you expose with shutter speeds at 1/50th and 1/100th of a second, and B(ulb) mode along with a stepless aperture control from f/8 to 16. Focusing is made choosing symbols displayed on the lens. I am glad there is manual focusing. Cameras this simple would often have fixed focus, much like a box camera. The manual settings enables me to play around with depth of field which makes for more exciting results. The Bella's shutter button is situated in a position which easily causes camera shake in low light. No. 11: Felica Vred