Tagged: camera


My Minolta Uniomat rangefinder is proving to be a fun find. I won’t give a detailed review here, but simply say I find it well balanced and a pleasure to shoot. It doesn’t allow for as much control as a fully manual camera, but it takes nice shots.

These were shot on expired Tri-X on 5/23.



“Elect Brennan”

“Air Conditioned”


May randomness (P366)


5/8 – In the checkout line, wondering why Nostradamus looks like an angry Sean Connery.


5/9 – Charter Hose No. 1

5/10 – Beth learning to handle a manual TLR, in this case a Super Ricohflex.


5/10 – The Vegetable Garden @ Castle Hill


5/12 – Requiem for a picnic table. This one came into the family around 1975. It had finally rotted to the point of being dangerous. With company due this weekend it was time for it to go. Bring on the chainsaw.


5/14 – cool thrift store find: a Minolta Uniomat. More about this later.


Foldex 20

One of my recent eBay finds was the Foldex 20. It’s a 620 roll film camera with a folding body and an 86mm fixed focus lens. It takes huge 6×9 cm exposures.


4/24 – Merrimack River. Foldex 20, Portra 160

My first attempts with it could be better. The red window caused a major light leak, and my attempt at re-rolling 120 film could have been better. I also ruined a couple of exposures because the shutter lever is easily bumped from 1/50 to B.

Still, how could you not have fun with this?

4/21 – shot with the Bessamatic on Kodak Gold 400


Experimental photography (P366)

With #MarchofFilm completed, I need to pay attention to Project 366 again. I’ve still been doing as much film shooting as possible. This past week saw two experiments, one successful and one not so much.


First up was an attempt at red scale photography. Redscale is a technique where film is respooled backwards so the light passes through the film base before striking the emulsion. The resulting images show a red or orange color cast.


4/1 “Medic 9”

I shot my first roll in the Nikon N65. The auto DX coding made it difficult to get enough overexposure, resulting in dark, grainy images.


4/2 Emmett

4/2 Dover Point

4/3 Negatives!

First negatives out of the new darkroom, and the first ones at home in over a decade. Ilford HP5+ black & white.

4/4 – Beth ‘training’ with Cricket.

Voigtlander Vito B with Ektar 100.

The end of the week brought a different experiment. I attempted my first roll of cross-processed film, Fuji Velvia 100 shot in the YashicaMat LM. Cross-processing (x-pro) also involves a color shift, based on processing slide film in negative chemistry. The results vary based on the film and chemistry used. In contrast to the redscale, these came out stunning.

4/5/12, Old Town Hill with Beth & Cricket:

4/6/12 “Locust Towers”:



4/7 – Sunrise over Stetson St. Vito B/Ektar 100.

4/7 – lest you think I forgot (iPhone)

4/8 – the ambulance bay (again) Voigtlander Vito B, Kodak Ektar 100, handheld slow exposure. It’s a lucky effect but I love it.

Also 4/8. Another lucky shot.

4/9 – Newburyport waterfront. Vito B/Ektar again.

4/10 is already here.




Impressions: Yashica-Mat LM

Twin lens reflex.

I’d never considered one until recently. When I resumed shooting film and began exploring eBay, TLR’s looked interesting. My first acquisition was the Yashica-Mat LM.

First impressions are of a tank of a camera. It’s all metal and very heavy. Focusing is done on a ground glass screen on the top of the camera. A magnifying loupe flips up to aid with detailed focus. The entire front of the camera moves in and out using a knob on the left side.

LM stands for light meter; the YashicaMat uses an uncoupled selenium meter which reads in EV. A mechanical computer built into the focus knob translates EV into shutter/aperture combinations. Shutter speed and f-stop are adjusted with small knobs on either side of the lenses and visible in a small window on top. Film advance is via a crank on the right side which also cocks the shutter. While smooth to use, this does preclude double exposing, whether intentional or inadvertent.

It uses 120 roll film, taking 12 6×6 exposures per roll. Mine came ready to roll right out of the box with only a quick superficial cleaning.

As an experienced manual camera user I had no trouble figuring it out, or so I thought. I mis-read the exposure computer and overexposed half of my first roll.

Once I learned the controls, the results were very nice. This one is a current favorite shooter.





First impression: Olympus 35RC

It’s been an interesting month. I’ve been shooting a lot of film, and I indulged in a bit of Gear Acquisition Syndrome on eBay. One of my new toys is an Olympus 35RC.

The 35RC is a pocket 35mm rangefinder manufactured in the 1970s. There is a detailed review here.

First impressions are of a nicely sized, nicely weighted camera. The aperture control ring is a bit small and difficult to handle, but the automatic mode makes it unnecessary to adjust it often. I had my doubts about the accuracy of the meter because of a non-standard replacement battery. It seemed to be overexposing in the house.

After a quick dusting, I loaded a test roll of 200ASA and headed out.

The meter seemed to behave outdoors, shooting close to sunny 16. The wind is smooth and quiet. The lack of a mirror makes the shutter release with a gentle click and no vibration. As this is my first rangefinder, focusing took a bit of experimentation. Beth and I shot most of a roll along the Topsfield Linear Common.

If the shots come out well, this one should figure high on my regular carry list. I’ll post a few once they are developed.

UPDATE: Highlights of the first roll are here.