Spring is here and life goes on.
I have fallen behind with posting, but I continue to shoot film. Finding the time to develop was difficult, and then the faithful Epson v700 began acting up.
I don’t really know what was wrong with the scanner. I performed all of the usual troubleshooting steps to no avail. I updated software, cleaned the glass, rebooted everything, and even tried a different computer. I tried both VueScan and the Epson software. The results were consistently garbage. Then they weren’t.
In the interest of striking while the iron is hot, I’m calling this Week 13. These were shot with my Chinon CM7, a perennial favorite, with a 28mm lens. The film is Eastman Double X 5222 souped in Ilfosol 3 for 6:00. Feel the grain. . .
(click any image for the full size version)
The roll began with some errands and Cricket. We caught the MBTA at the Hay St crossing. I was able to grab a few shots at a brush fire later in the day.
Have I mentioned I love this camera? I'm not really sure why. It's not superlative in any way, yet I find it a pleasure to shoot. In the end that's what counts most.
In addition to these examples, my new header image comes from this camera.
I misspoke in my initial post: it was loaded with expired Fuji 200 from the thrift store, not Kodak. A small mistake. . .
(The report on week 12 will be delayed, due to a 36 exposure roll and an incredible deal I found on a Crown Graphic. Details later.)
This week marks the beginning of a new month, thus a 35mm camera is next in my informal rotation. I've selected the Chinon CM7.
The CM7 is a Japanese SLR of unknown age. I'm guessing it dates from the late 1980s. It features an electronic meter with three LEDs visible inside the viewfinder to indicate over-, under-, or correct exposure. Focus and exposure settings are completely manual, controlled by a ring on the lens (aperture) and a knob next to the shutter release (speed.) Shutter speeds range from B to 1/2000. Film speed is set using a ring below the rewind knob. It has a hot shoe for flash. The meter and shutter are activated by pulling the film advance lever slightly away from the body, in similar fashion to my favorite Nikon FM2.
My example is another Goodwill find, and it came with a 28mm f2.8 “Aetna Rokunar MC Auto” lens. I've found that I really enjoy shooting with it despite the cheap plastic feel of the controls. It's simple to operate, has a very satisfying mirror 'thunk', and makes beautiful images. As it is not extremely valuable or rare, I find myself more likely to carry it for general use.
I've had a partial roll of Kodak Gold 200 loaded for a while. Here are a few favorite images from the past to tide you over until I finish and process it.
Camera Wiki has an article on Chinon which gives some history but nothing specific on the CM7.
But Mike Butkus has the manual, of course.
Want one? Probably eBay is your best bet, short of making a lucky find like I did.
Edit: RESULTS HERE.