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Agfa Camera

Agfa Silette

The Agfa Silette has quite a complicated timeline. This is the 1957 Silette (Type 2) which is a 35mm, viewfinder camera. But there were many versions up until it was discontinued in 1973. This is well made little camera and it is very easy to use. My version has a 45mm f3.5 lens, with shutter speeds ranging from 1sec to 1/300th. I will be posting some images taken with it to the gallery soon.

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Ilford Camera

Ilford Sporti

This is the 1959 Ilford Sporti. A medium format camera that uses 120 film and is very simple but quite elegant in design. I have sometimes been asked, “What is the best camera to make a start in vintage film photography?”. My honest answer is any camera, as it really depends on so many things. But if you’re on a budget and you’d like to try medium format, you really can’t go wrong with the Sporti.

It has very few controls and the ones it does have, they have made very plain as to what effect they are going to have on your final image. But the best bit, is that currently, it is very easy to find one for less than £10. Enjoy the video below and please consider subscribing for more vintage film cameras.

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Wildflower Planting

I am looking at planting some wildflower seeds at work to create a bee and butterfly friendly space. Beebombs have the ideal solution. I read a scary statistic, that 97% of native British wildflower habitat has been lost since the second world war. These habitats are vital to the survival of both bees and butterflies and I dread to think what the future will look like for our children without them. Also, wildflowers are essential for essential biodiversity.

Not being much of a gardener isn’t a problem for me as Beebombs have made the process very straightforward. I just need to scatter the small, clay “bombs” on to bare soil and be patient. Spring seems to be the right time to plant and we hope for plenty of sunshine and rain. Working on an outdoor university campus I have plenty of scope and I have picked out an area that is suitable. I think it might be fun to produce a video for my YouTube channel on the subject. Anything we can do to help #bringthebeesback.

Developing at Home

Home Developing – Part 4

The fourth and final part of my first attempt at developing film at home. In this video I load the film in to my developing tank, hoping that I have done it properly. I prepare the chemicals and begin the process. I pace around a lot like an expectant father. Was I successful? Well you’ll have to watch to find out.

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