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Overlapping Interests - Kodak Instamatic 500 with AGFA ASP 400S

The film in question is 35 mm unsprocketed intended for traffic surveillance.  I've modded my Kodak Instamatic 500 to accept unsprocketed film in the 126 cassettes. This was done by cutting off the feeler peg that usually finds each sprocketed exposure on the original films. It's my second time exposing non-native film in a Insta 500 and the results are similar - overlapping frames. But the results were not so bad. Well, it depends on your intentions. I wanted to see if I could use the unsprocketed film in the 126 cassettes. And that I could. I just have to advance the film twice for each exposure, to not end up with overlapping exposures. And in the process expose the first of those in the palm of my hand or something.  The lens is just wonderful! Its so sharp! Actually I have modded one to fit my M39 mount cameras. One bonus feature which occured when I cut off the sprocket feeler peg was that the camera is 'ready' to expose after each wind.

Putting Rollfilm in a Pack-Film Camera - My Adventures in Packfilm Part 2

This is my Polaroll! A combinaton of Polaroid packfilm camera and rollfilm back. The background story of how I got this idea is in My Adventures in Packfilm Part 1 . Part 2 begins with a Polaroid Land 210 and a rollfilm back for an old large format camera. I will illustrate some of the process with this Polaroid Land 104, a model which is practically identical to the 210. 1, 2, 3, 4. The four steps to taking a photo with the Polaroid are molded into the controls. It is not a steady contraption. Battery door to the left, film door to the right. This is where you load your packfilm cassette, containing 10 exposures. The lens is a 144 mm f/8,8 lens. The battery required for the camera to work is a 3 volt. It is easy to convert the power to different 3 v sources. This one battery is a 3 v CR3 (?) with the wires just taped to the contacts with electricians's tape. The hinge and connection of the film door to the body.

Four by Four Find - Ektachrome 64 in Caffenol

Hey, if I put it through caffenol, then that's a bunch of cheap film for an expensive system. I got hold of some rolls of expired (1984) Kodak Ektachrome 64 for the 127 film system. That is a colour slide film from way back when, which shares its fate with loads of other photography ( and the 127 format) in that it is based on technology which is available no more. There's no developing chemicals for the 64. The rolls came as a bonus with other rolls of film that I'd actually paid for, so I didn't have to think twice before I decided to give the 64 a caffenol bath and see how it came out in black and white. I exposed the film through my Yashica 44 yesterday and this morning, on my way to and from work, and mixed a new caffenol developer just before dinner. Below are the 12 photos from the roll - the entire roll. See for yourself if you think the idea was any good. I have edited for more contrast on most of the photos. The black bl

Widely Populaire - Using the I-69 Half-Frame Lens as a Wide-Angle

While out house-hunting, I thought I'd try the 28 mm Industar-69 on my Canon P. The lens is originally made for the half-frame camera Chaika so doesn't bother to cover the whole film plane of the Canon. See for yourself if you like the style. The Canon's viewfinder doesn't cover the entire 28 mm so you'd have to guess where the picture ends. In the below photo I would have taken more care of what happens in the top part had I known the exact limitations of the composition. Of course (as so many times) the best exposure on the whole roll was made by someone other than me. In this case my daughter. Above is a cropped version of the photograph below. I do think that some of the photos will be better off with a crop, maybe I'll review them later on. This is what happens when the sun hits the Industar-69 up front. Not much to do about it... Sorry about the barns. Again. I like them old. And would like to