I am a long-time sufferer of G.A.S. – Gear Acquisition Syndrome. This has led to a large camera collection and forays into many odd formats. This past year I forced myself to stop buying, slim the collection, and become more familiar with the hardware I already own.
I still have moments of weakness though. Recently I bought a Pentax ME Super, a cute little SLR which has failed me twice in the past. This one was supposedly just CLA’d. . .
I know better, but I took an untested camera and loaded it with untested film. The results were. . .interesting.
Jenness Beach in Rye, NH was a favorite spot for both surfers and drone pilots shortly after Christmas. I’d like to see some of the video.
Elsewhere in my travels, this retired Mack CF fire engine sits in Wells, ME near the exit from I95. It has been for sale for a very long time. I took an opportunity to geek on the details on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The results were dark and grainy.
I wasn’t thinking. I loaded the Canonet QL17 GIII with FPP Retrochrome 320 and took it skiing. The Canonet has a maximum 1/500 shutter speed. Most of the roll was overexposed, and the rest of the images were blue shifted.
Earlier in the year I might not have presented this roll at all. I was excited when I finished Roll #46 in my Minolta Auto 110 SLR. It was an expired roll of Kodacolor 200 from who-knows-when. So excited I tweeted about it. . .
The results were frankly junk. It’s just too expired. These were the only shots I could salvage, and only one of them is even remotely good.
Here they are though:
I think I’m done with 110 format. Even with in-date film, the results are mediocre. When I was collecting every interesting camera I could find, 110 was a fun experiment. Now I would rather use a more substantial camera and get better results. (I may keep the Minolta Weathermatic A though, because it’s cool and fulfills a unique function.)
Back in August I tried my hand at a roll of Ilford SFX200 pseudo-infrared film. I loaded it into my Holga and took it to a horse show at Three County Fairgrounds with a #25 red filter in my pocket. I’m very happy with the results.
This last one is my absolute favorite. Red tractor, blue sky.
Camera: Holga 120 GCFN
Film: Ilford SFX200
Developed at home in D76, scanned with Epson v700.
I had high hopes for my 203-i. On paper it looks like a great camera. My first experience was otherwise, but it got better.
My gripes are small, but they kept me from enjoying the camera. The leather case is thick enough that it casts a shadow on the film windows, making accurate film advance difficult. I did find this to be less of a problem in more subdued light. The lever actually feels odd on this type of camera. I wanted to advance until something told me to stop. Nothing did.
I left the camera partially exposed for over a month. When I took it up later to finish the roll, my experience was much better. I removed the case and had no problem advancing the film properly. The whole experience just felt better without the clumsy case.
This one will be revisited soon.
On October 11, we took the bus for a day with our fellow VW nuts (enthusiasts!) at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. Although named for the iconic buses, VW’s of all stripes were welcome.