Monday, 16 November 2009

Splicing Info

Whilst looking around I found this. It's quite interesting, but no real new information.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

How Long's that Clip?

I'm having to work out how long each one of my super 8 shots it so I can do an offline edit with my digital material. I could only find imperial converters, so I did some calculations and came up with the metric figures.

2.36 frames / centimetre. This allowed me to throw together a little spreadsheet to work out how long each clip is based on its length.


If you don't have Excel, all you need to know is (2.36 x [length in cm]) x [fps]. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 14 November 2009

Super 8 Splicing Tutorial

I've been looking around for some tutorials on how to splice and found nout! So I thought I'd gather the little information I could and make a little video tutorial. I will be doing more of them as well, so if you would like to request one, just post a comment here!

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Friday, 13 November 2009

Developing Super 8 with Tetenal 3-Bath E6

These are the instructions for the development of Ektachrome and other reversal films. Wash the film thougherly between baths and if you can't remove the backing and the film is opaque, put it in a container with mild bleach. Black stuff should come off and then wash in water. 38°C = 100°F.

1. Lights out.
2. Remove the film from the cartridge and cut in two 7.5m lengths (see last post).
3. Bundle each half into a 2-reel 35mm daylight-developing tank.
4. Lights on.
5. Mix up 500ml of each of the chemicals as follows:
      a. 100ml First Developer
      b. 100ml Colour Developer (Part 1) + 60ml Colour Developer (Part 2)
      c. 100ml Bleach Fix (Part 1) + 100ml Bleach Fix (Part 2)
      d. 50ml Stabiliser
6. Top up chemicals to 500ml with water.
7. Make sure all chemicals are 38°C.
8. Develop:
      a. Water at 38°C for 5 minutes to war up the film.
      b. First Developer for 6'15''
      c. Wash at 38°C.
      d. Colour Developer for 6'00''
      e. Wash at 38°C.
      f. Bleach Fix for 6'00''
      g. Wash at ~38°C
      h. Stabiliser outside the tank for 0'30''
9. Hang to dry and rub with a chamois to remove the anti-halation backing.
10. Project

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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Super 8 Cartridge Opened

Whilst browsing the web for how to open a super 8 cartridge and what it looks like inside and coming up with NOTHING! I decided to do my own experimentation.

If you are developing your own S8, you will need to remove it from the cart in COMPLEATE darkness. Find a light tight area where there will be enough room to move and wait 5 minutes for your eyes to adjust. If you can see, MAKE IT DARKER!

The exposed film will display the words "exposed" on the film in the cart window, slide something underneath it (in the light) and pull it out slightly. Lights out.

Turn the spindle anti-clockwise until it clicks. This will disengage the ratchet-style thing-a-ma-jig inside.

This is the little arm near the central cone. (yours needn't be opened).

Now you can pull the film out of the cartridge. To prevent scratching the film, pull downwards through the slot. Depending on the size of your tank, you may with to cut the film at 7.5 metres. You won't need any more chemicals as E6 can be used more than once.

When the film is all in the tanks and all is light-tight, you may turn the lights on.

Inside the cart...

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Red-scale Film

I saw that the Lomographic Society have started selling red-scale film, where the stock is basically backwards; exposing the emulation through the red base. I gave it a go by taking some Kodak Gold, unspooling in a dark bag, cutting, flipping and taping back and winding it back in. I went in the camera and I took some shots over the past couple of weeks.

Unfortunately, as I had used electrical tape (which doesn't snap) it nearly broke the lab's machine : (

Here are my results:

Friday, 6 March 2009

Shots: Kodak Vest Pocket Camera

I got hold a vest pocket camera some time ago, but never got around to testing it (mostly due to the fact that only one company still makes the film). A couple of days ago I tested it in my new favorite method; using photo paper.

I cut some sheets to the size of the camera and popped them in the camera. The first image I took was with the widest aperture in bright sun with a 1 sec shutter. Completely over exposed.

I tried it again with the smallest aperture and got a beautiful result.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Lazzzor Cut Pinhole Test Image

I'm gonna make this post a short one as I've got loads of work I need to hand in tomorrow morning and I haven't done it yet!!!

Anyways, I made a design of a pinhole camera that could be laser cut for a college project and, after a few modifications, I cut it out. Several weeks later I actually got around to testing it, and here is the result.

I will upload the plans so that you can give it a go if you know where a laser cutter is and you have basic burglar skills. Oh, the camera looks like this...

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Sunday, 25 January 2009

Shots: Yashica J

This is the Yashica J, released in 1961, is a rather nice little rangefinder from Japan. It's not a high-end model, but more of a basic without the light metre of other Yashicas at the time.

Format: 35mm film
Lens: Fixed, 45mm, f2.8
Shutter: Blade, B - 1/300
X-sync Shoe

I shot my first roll on this a couple of days ago, and I must say I love the look it gives the photos. It's a slightly low contrast with nice shallow depth of field. All the photos I took were in focus and well exposed (which kind of surprised me) and I got some good shots from it!

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Proper Pinholing

A couple of days ago at college, us photo/filmy people were introduced to pinhole photography. There were three cameras; a coffee can with a hand done hole, an ammo box with a pinhole and the ammo box we used with the "LAZZZOR PUNCHED" hole. Sure the coffee can gave interesting distortions, but the quality of the image the laser hole gave was amazing!!!

Being a pinhole, we were trying to play with scale. The above image of Bournemouth Uni was a bit of an accident. We wanted to be looking up at it, but it was very, very, very wide angle, so we got the fence (1' high) in shot and it looks quite interesting. That's a five minute exposure, and as an image: I love it!

This was an earlier attempt. At bit contrasty.

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DIY Large(ish) Format - On the Cheap

I had an old slide projector lens hanging around that inspired me to build a large format camera. Well, being a 35mm projector, it wasn't that large, but I did get a decent size print. (VW shown for scale, the top is actually about 6''x6'')

The lens had a big thread on is which made focusing easy as cake. The box is made from an old shelf and panted black inside. It's not terribly convenient; you have to go out, focus it, fix and seal the focus, put the paper in, go back, do a really quick exposure, then go back and develop it. (The tape on to of the camera is the lens cap/shutter). Anyways... here are a coupe of sample shots.

This was my attempt. As you can see, the paper was not as sensitive as I thought it was.

Same shot but this time with a 10 second exposure. I really like the reflections on the floor. Th

is was a very quick flash of an exposure outside. It's a path going past the hall' on campus, it doesn't look as good in real life.

I hope do more things like this as I have learned to use the automatic developing machine thing so I don't have to do all the developing late at night in the bathroom!

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

A rather large collection...

A few days ago I checked my e-mails and it seemed I received on from a nice guy called Ken in Canada. He told me about the "700 cameras currently in [his] collection". His massive collection has only one criteria - no batteries required. Apparently he still uses a lot of them, I wonder how he decided which one to use?!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

We apologise for the inconvenience

I'm sorry for not posting in a while. But I have obtained a number of old movie cameras recently, which I will do posts about soon!

Over the past five weeks I've been working on an art project with cine film and I haven't had much spare time. I bought some old family movies on eBay, cut them and edited them, and played them back to the brilliant Lemon Jelly track Stay With You (this one) which fits perfectly. But the damn thing is going to be in an exhibition after Christmas and I need to get the music cleared!!! So I have letters to write.

My biggest purchase was a near mint condition Eumig Makro Sound 65 XL super 8 camera, so I'll have to shoot, then spend months trying to find a lab.

(P.S. Anyone who got the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference, go and get yourself some chocolate)

Monday, 3 November 2008

Baby Rollei

Another post about owning a Rollei, but this time it's not as cheap. What you're looking at isn't a '20s antique, but the Rolleiflex Mini Digital camera. 5MP, auto focus and the ultra-cool head-down LCD. It goes the whole hog as well, with the film advance crank and a cool leather strap. It might not be the many thousands the its medium format cousins, but it will set you back about £200 ($400), which can only really be justified by the novelty value. I certainly won't be buying one in the near future, but if you can't resist one, let me know how is feels and the quality of its shots.

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Thursday, 23 October 2008

Polaroid Withdrawn from Sale

Unfortunately I have had to withdraw the Polaroid from eBay, for reasons which I am not at liberty to mention for privacy reasons. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The decision was not up to me and I had to remove the auction against my will.

Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Want a Rolleiflex but Have More Sense than Money?

Most of today I spent making a vector Rolleiflex, simply because I wanted one! It was rather hard to find to get images of three sides of the same model, so this isn't accurate at all. Anyway, you can download the PDF and make one yourself!

Download Here (3MB)

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Use Your Holga with 135

We all know that normal Holgas take 120 film, which you either have to develop yourself (and mess it up if your me) or send it off to an expensive lab. But it is actually very easy to temporarily convert it to take 135 film without buying the back! So let's get started.

You will need:
  • Your Holga120 (mines the GCFN)
  • A used 120 spool (I don't know why I put two in the photo)
  • Electrical tape (gaffer tape will also work, but it leaves sticky gunk)
  • Bits of foam
  • Rubber bands (the thick ones work well)
  • A roll of film (I know this one is already developed, it was completely over-exposed so I put it in a canister for tests like this)

Step One: Open the back of your holga. You will need either the 6x6 or 6x4.5 mask if you want to get the images printed normally.

Step Two: Get the spool and wrap the rubber bands around either end to leave a gap that is big enough the let the film through.

Step Three: Attach the film leader to the spool with tape.

Step Four: To make the 135 mask, get some black card stock (this is 160g) and cut out a square that's about 63mm square, then in the middle cut out a gap that is exactly 36mm wide and either 24mm or 36mm high (depending whether you want the sprockettes exposed).

Step Five: Place the spool in the right hand side, like loading the 120 film.

Step Six: Place the canister in the left had side and support the top and bottom with the foam. Layers of thick card might work, too.

Step Seven: Because 135 has no backing, you will need to block off the window with the electrical tape. I have only done one layer hear, but feel free to do more.

Also block it off on the inside for maximum light-proofing.

Step Eight: Close it all up and wind the film on a turn and a half and your all set. For even more security, you may wish to seal all round the edges with tape.

When you have taken a shot, wind the film on 21 clicks, if you want to try with wider shots, calculate yourself how many clicks you'll need. It helps to use a piece of paper or something.

What do the results look like? Take a look for your self.

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Friday, 17 October 2008

For Sale: Polaroid 636 Autofocus

I've selling my Polaroid camera because I spent all my money and can't afford the film! If you are out there and want to be 'that guy/girl with the Polaroid' then here's a chance.

This is a Polaroid 636 autofocus in very good condition. Built in flash. Takes Polaroid 600 PLUS film (still available!). The mirror is in perfect condition with no dust or scratches, viewfinder is very clean and lens is showing no dust of scratches. Neck strap, close up lens. Focuses for 0.6m-infinity. There is a slight sign of wear on one side, but otherwise perfect. I was assured it to be working but I have no film to test it, but I'm sure it does.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Damn my Greed!

I was curious about cine cameras, so I had a ponder on eBay and found a couple. I got a bit... wanty and put a couple of bids in. Now I'm going to end up spending £50 on cameras I didn't think I would win! So anyone out there (UK preferably, they cost a lot to post) want any vintage Double-8 cameras. Or it would be really great to swap one of the Double-8s for a Super-8 :-).

Friday, 10 October 2008

Presenting: The Blackbird, Fly

A new TLR has been unleashed on Japan. A plastic beast that takes 135 film; The Blackbird, Fly.

These little toy cameras are the latest thing to come from Japan. Well... there are only available in Japan at the mo, for ¥12,600 (about $127, £75 or €94).

Like the 35mm Holga back, it comes with different mattes, allowing you to take the classic TLR square images. 3 masks allow; standard 24x36 - for portrait shots, 24x24 - for small square images, and full frame - 36mm high and completely exposing the sprocket holes.

It can be used with the regular top-down view, or to achieve better landscape shots, rotated 90 degrees for use with a viewfinder.

The photos I've seen from it all look quite good, for a 'toy' camera. I really need to brush up on my Japanese and fly over there and try one out.

Focus - 0.8m - infinity
Aperture - f7 and f11
Focal distance - 33mm
Shutter - 1/125

Bulb/Normal modes
Tripod mount

That's all I can get from my very limited Japanese, if you're better than me - translated it yourself.

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Friday, 3 October 2008

Camera Collection

My entire collection, 66% retro. I'm also bidding on a TLR on eBay as we speak.

Camera Collection
Originally uploaded by Finn Margrie

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Things I want!

I'm currenly on the lookout for a few things in the world of cameras.

Firstly, a friend at collage got a Rolleiflex TLR, so obviously I'm very jealous. So what TLR would you say is the best value for money, I've been looking at the Seagull 4A 109 which is €300 (£240 $300) which looks like quite a good camera at an affordable price (when I get some more work). There is also the Blackbird, Fly which is supposed to be coming out soon(?) as a 'toy' 135 TLR. So we'll see about the costs.

The other thing I wanted to get was a shutter mechanism for a camera I'm building, should I go really obvious and get the cheapest Holga I can get my hands on like a 120GN or could I get a Brownie or similar vintage camera for less and nick the parts? I'd like to hear if any of you have ever build a camera form the ground up.

That's all for this post but I will try to update more often.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

A Camera's Story

I'm doing an art project where I have to make images that tell a story. My plan was to do the history of one particular camera; from when it was first purchased to the present day.

The Kapsa Vascromat will be my chosen photographic implement, but what I want is any interesting tales that your cameras have to tell; their travels, where you bought or even found them. It would be interesting to hear what they have been through.

Thank you!

Saturday, 30 August 2008

First shots from the Brazilian gem

A while ago I posted about aBrazilian bakelite camera called the Kapsa Vascromat. I shot my first roll on it a couple of weeks ago and finally got round to printing it and getting the cables for my scanner, which were lost in Bristol. Anyway, these are the scans of the contact prints I made using the 6x4.5 bits of photo paper and a sheet of glass from a clip frame.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

A Great Holga Blog

I've been reading this great blog recently. Go Holga is a great site dedicated to the bare-bones Chinese camera. It's updated on an almost daily basis and is very conveniently arranged into categories, with a gallery and now a new forum. Go on! Check it out!

Another good one I found was Satsuei - basically, it Japanese for photography/photographing. The actual blog in fortunately in English, and has some brilliant shots on it.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Polaroid GENERATOR V1 and V1.1

If you are stuck somewhere with only a digital camera with a flawless lens and perfect colours, then there is a cure! I browsing the Photoshop actions pages of dA and stumbles across this really great set of actions to make your crisp, perfect digital photos into much more beautiful Polaroid style scans.

It adds grain, curves and brightness adjustment, vignette, exposed film looks and more!

Here is a photo I took down on the beach a couple of weeks ago.

That's a 5MP JPG direct from the camera and rotated. I then shoved it strait into Photoshop and slapped on of the effects on it.

If I'm not mistaken, that was the Time Zero Expired one. Being and action it's not that big and there's nout to loose from installing it. Give it a go and see what you think.