Review – Yashica-A TLR Camera

Yashica-A Camera

Before using this camera I had never used a TLR camera. I do have one of those that are plastic and your put together yourself, but I am lazy and I have not gotten around to building it yet. :/ So there was a bit of a learning curve trying to use this Yashica. I was constantly turning the wrong knob on the side and advancing the film instead of focusing, so my first roll was not used to it’s full potential. I also found the viewfinder pretty dim at times and struggled to see if I was in focus. I was pleasantly surprised when my film scans came back that the camera does take sharp and bright photos.

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A Roll of LomoChrome Turquoise by Lomography

LomoChrome Turquoise 35mm film

I know I’ve been recommending Lomography’s LomoChrome films on some of my reviews, but had yet to post mush proof that I was using it. Yay so finally here are a few snaps that I took with the film. I have reviewed the LomoChrome Purple by Lomography here, and it produced some great interesting results. This is the LomoChrome Turquoise version of the film that was produced about a year later.

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Meath, Ireland – The Holga Version

Meath Irealnd Holga

A few years ago I attended a wedding in Meath County, Ireland. I had never really visited the area before, and while we were there we explored other places in the area such as Slane Castle and Newgrange. I never got to see the inside of Newgrange, because there was such a long list and I wasn’t there early enough ūüôĀ Obviously the sites were gorgeous and green so I tried to capture it with my little trusty Holga.

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Kickstarter – Do You Wood Film?

Every once in awhile I look through Kickstarter to see if there are any worth while projects to take part in. I like to highlight the ones that I like that have to do with analog photography such as the Pop-Up Pinhole Project and the ONDU Pinhole Cameras that I have talked about in the past. Last week I found a Kickstarter that is trying to manufacturer Eco-friendly 35 mm film canisters and packaging. The company is called compagnia-imago and they are making the canisters out of a combination of PLA (polylactic acid) and wood or bamboo. They also claim that the canisters are reusable and you can spool your own film on them once the current film is used up. These projects make me happy in knowing there are others out there that are continuing the make film relevant and coming up with new ideas.

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A Bit of Europe in Black and White

Black and White Film in Europe

As in my last post this is another set of photos but from my Honeywell Pentax SP1000 Camera, which I reviewed a few months ago. I just had these pics developed at a local lab in Berkeley. The roll had been sitting in a bowl by my apartment entrance and I had forgotten all about it. Now it has seen the light and I think the results are pretty good minus that the film seems to be very grainy.

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Canon A1 Sure Shot Camera in Action

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Normally during the summer I tend to go out to the beach pretty often. If not the beach than at least to a swimming pool or something similar. Moving to California about this time last year I thought that I would still be going to the beach or swimming. WRONG. So the Bay Area of California is actually not generally a warm place. I live in Oakland where it is alot warmer than San Francisco but there aren’t really many beaches to visit. I can go to Ocean Beach in SF, but then I would need a wet suit to get in the water and have a jacket if I just want to walk along the beach. So…. to say the least it has not been living up to my California dreams expectations. I should have known Southern California is where it’s at ūüôĀ At least for my swimming and sunbathing dreams.Canon SureShot A1 Camera

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Adventures in Black and White Film

Black and White

Recently I have gotten quite a bit of film developed that was taken in¬†black and white with¬†my Holga and Canon SLR AE-1 Program. It just so happens that black and white builds up on me because it’s more expensive to¬†develop than regular color negative film. Both of these sets of film are from last year in 2014 and were taken in the Boston area and during¬†my cross country trip across the United States.

The majority of these were taken on bright sunny days without the use of a flash. It’s 400 speed film which I think added to the amount of grain that some of the photos had.

These were taken during Earth Day where the Neon Trees had a free concert at the half shell near the Charles River.

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Review – Sports 35 Toy Camera

 
I love this camera and not¬†knowing what exactly you are going to get. I hauled¬†it¬†around the San Francisco Bay area while friends were visiting and took it to very touristy places. It was great because¬†I looked just like everyone else taking pictures ūüėȬ†These cameras were pretty popular in the 80’s and 90’s and can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy for pretty cheap at an average of about $15.

Sports 35 Toy Camera

The camera is mainly black with different colors around the four lens in the middle of the camera.  I am not quite sure when it made, but I am guessing it was in the eighties and has continued to be made to this day. It went manufactured under many names including the Action Tracker and private branded by corporations as giveaways. It is now manufactured by Lomography and is called the Action Sampler.  The camera takes four pictures on a 24x36mm negative frame.  The shutter spins around to each frame in about 1 sec, this gives each lens about a 1/4 sec shot all with a fixed focus.

Sports 35

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Review – Lomochrome Purple Film by Lomography

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I know it has been awhile since I put up a post on Lomography having a new film coming out called Lomochrome Purple that changed the color hues in the photos, mainly by turning green ones into purple. I finally had the chance to take quite a few photos using the 35mm film in a number of different cameras and I love the results. I think it gives pictures both a romantic and old world vibe.

My photos started back when I was living in Boston and I had a day off with friends that were visiting from out of town. We wound up walking to Fenway Park and hanging out in the Back Bay area of town. I used my Canon AE-1 Program for these shots which gave me amazing results.

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Review – Canon A1 Sure Shot Camera

 

Canon A1 Sureshot Camera

I have taken this camera on a few trips which have included Cape Code in the Fall and when I went to NYC at the end of this winter / early spring. This camera takes 35mm film and I used regular 100 speed Lomography film on the first trip and I used older expired 200 speed film on the second trip.

Canon Sure Shot A1 Waterproof Camera

The white and creamy orange ¬†A1 was first made in the 1994 an was marketed as the world’s smallest and lightest land-based and underwater camera at that time. It is fully automatic, the camera can be used on land where the 3-point Smart Autofocus is effective for distances as close as 1.5 ft. Underwater, focusing is good from 3.3 to 9.8 ft. In the macro mode, you can focus from 1.5 m to 1 3.3 ft.¬†The large Albada viewfinder on the camera has a long eye relief, making it easy to view even with a underwater face mask or ski goggles. The camera comes with a switch on the bottom for normal and panorama modes you can switch between at any time.¬†The 32mm f/3.5 lens has 6 elements in 6 groups.

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