My latest video features the Halina 3000. Made in 1974, it’s a 35mm viewfinder camera. The camera has a battery-free selenium light meter. But this only gives a reading and doesn’t control the exposure automatically. The 3000 has two “siblings” which don’t have any metering. The 1000 and the 2000.
You can pick these up on the likes of eBay for very little outlay and so give it a try. You might find it grows on you.
Home developing is not something I have previously tried. But like I have said previously, I think it’s time I did. Therefore, in this video I choose some equipment and some chemicals. I order them and discuss my choices. I chose this starter kit from Analogue Wonderland as I think it will contain everything I need, to start with at least. For chemicals I have chosen this Ilford pack from Speed Graphic. Probably not economic in the long run, but to test myself out, ideal I think.
So this is part one of my journey. Please subscribe to my channel if you’d like to follow along with me.
Considering I have been around photography all of my life, it’s actually a little strange that I have never developed my own film. As a kid I would often help my father, but it was usually just to pass him something he needed. These days there is little excuse to not at least give it a try. So that’s what I have decided to do.
I will document the process fully in a series of up and coming videos. But I thought it might be useful to outline my thinking here. That way, if you’re thinking about trying it yourself, you can follow along.
Firstly I need some equipment. I have had a good look around at various videos and posts. Whilst I don’t think that every bit of equipment people mention is essential, it seems to me that buying stuff as a starter kit might work out cheaper. I already have a light-proof bag which I used for re-rolling 120 film so that’s one thing ticked off. I have decided to purchase the bulk of the rest as a starter kit.
It will be the same for chemicals I think. It may not be cost effective in the long term. But as a first try, I think a kit that is pre-measured for two rolls of film seems ideal.
The last think I’m going to purchase is the app created by Massive Dev Chart. It looks like it will be a lifesaver when it comes to timings etc.
Have you ever wondered what DX film is? Were you baffled by the barcodes and strange shapes on your 35mm films? Hopefully this video will make things clear. Although not the first to try, Kodak wanted to create a standard for the handling of 35mm film. So in 1983 they introduced Digital IndeXing. A system of three codes that was able to convey information about the film to different systems.
In my video I show you how these codes work, who they are intended for and how they affect you the photographer. Please consider subscribing to my channel if you haven’t already.
The Canomatic M70 was introduced by Canon in 1970 for use with 126 film. For all intents and purposes, it is a point & shoot camera. The 40mm f2.8 lens is surrounded by a selenium powered meter. This provides a programmed auto exposure (f2.8 at 1/30 sec to f13 at 1/800 sec). Mine needs some TLC but thought you’d like to take a look anyway.
My plan will be to strip it down and give it a good clean. I then hope to purchase an adaptor so that I can try using 35mm film in it. This is because 126 film is no longer available.
In the past I have been lucky enough to have been asked about the option to purchase some of my photographs. I am flattered if somebody wishes to hang one on the wall of their home. I am therefore delighted to announce that I have partnered with PicFair to create an online shop for this purpose. Whether you wish to download, print or even to licence them for commercial use, it can all be arranged by clicking on this link.
I will add more photographs in due course. Please leave a comment if you have any specific requests.
Camera lenses can be a confusing subject and so I thought that a “lenses for beginners”, an introduction to lenses might be useful. There are way too many types of lens to cover in one video. I therefore concentrate on just two types. Prime lenses and zoom lenses. I explain the meaning of the terms focal length, aperture and depth of field.
Perhaps if this proves popular, I can produce a part two a some time in the future. But for now I hope that this will demystify things a little for the photographic beginner. Please let me know in the comments.