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Konica C35 EF3

The 1981 Konica C35 EF3. One of a range of C35 point & shoot 35mm cameras that were made by Konica from 1968 until 1984. They started as rangefinders and later autofocus, but this is one of the zone-focusing models. Mine is black, but they came in various colours and now seem to becoming popular again. It’s a pretty standard point and shoot, but it is worth taking a look at the unusual setup with regards to the wind-back crank mechanism.

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City Scape

City Scape

City Scape was an image that I had planned for many years. One drawback of living in the United Kingdom, is that we really don’t have the dramatic city skylines of North America. I had long envisaged a look that might evoke the likes of Gotham City or Bladerunner. But New York & Tokyo are a long way from me. Finally I got the chance to travel to Canada back in 2011 and was to spend the majority of my trip, in and around Toronto. By booking in advance I planned to include an evening trip up the CN Tower, in the hopes that I could get the shot I was after. Luckily the weather was kind on the night, but I hadn’t bargained on the very noticeable reflection of the glass windows.

Luckily, using the power of Photoshop and a great tutorial, I was able to remove the offending shine and also the purplish colour cast that it caused. I hope you like the end result.

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Fuji Camera

Fuji DL-190 Zoom

Another budget film camera in the shape of the 1992 Fuji DL-190 Zoom. A fully automatic 35mm point and shoot camera that can be purchased for around £20. Although I only paid £2 for mine. The “DL” refers to “Drop-In Loading” which is something I have not shown before. A feature that makes loading DX film a very straightforward process. Another feature I have not talked about before is that this camera also has a “Red-Eye” reduction system. I will discuss the “red-eye” phenomena in more detail in a future video. I’m sorry that the information on this camera is limited. If you have any more information, please drop a comment below.

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Sometimes, a walk into the woods is all you need. Whatever the weather, there is something primeval and regenerative about woodland spaces. The sights, the sounds and the smells, all combine to make us feel something positive. This Featured Image is one I took whilst on a walk in the Wyre Forest on a wet morning. A small aperture of f22 allowed me to ensure I had a nice deep depth of field. I applied minimal post-correction, but just cropped the image very slightly for a more pleasing composition. I hope you like it.

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Lightroom Icons

A Lightroom Introduction – Part 1

I thought it might be useful to write a Lightroom Introduction and film it over several episodes. Adobe Lightroom is a leader in photographic management and post production. However, many are intimidated by it. This is the first in a series of videos where I attempt to demystify it’s use. Starting with the “Library” screen, I talk about the catalog system and how we can sub-divide in to collections or smart collections. I also explain keywords, how to filter selections and exporting. In future videos I aim to talk about importing and using the “develop” screen for post production work.

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Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

I have walked past this sign so many times. Each time it catches my eye. One day I stopped and I stood and wondered what about it is appealing to me. I still do not know, but this time I photographed it. It’s partly that it is old and showing some signs of decay, but I think it also the words. To me it is a sign of times gone by. An almost art deco feel that conjures a feeling long forgotten. Then again, perhaps it is just a sign and there is no story. What do you think?

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FED Camera

FED 4

The FED 4 is a 35mm film rangefinder camera made by FED and produced between 1964-80 in present-day Ukraine. Lenses, of which there are many choices, can be changed by way of an M39 screw thread. The standard lens that was supplied was a 53mm f2.8. Shutter speeds range from 1s – 1/500s +B, with flash sync at 1/30s and a self-timer too. Although it is similar in many ways to the Zorki 4 I featured last year, the FED 4 has a a built-in selenium light-meter. This seems to be very accurate and works as well as many modern ones. There are several versions of the this camera that can be identified by small differences in looks.

My particular one is a 1979 and I have to say I love it. Prices for these are currently around £35 for a good example and they work very well indeed. If you’d like to try out rangefinder photography, you could do a lot worse. In this video I show you how to load a film, as the process is quite different to many other cameras.

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Zenit Camera

Zenit TTL

This is the 1980 Zenit TTL Olympic Edition. It is another Soviet made 35mm SLR. This one was made to commemorate the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Mine is in pretty grim condition but in this video I start the restoration process and hopefully I can improve its condition. I bought it from an antique dealer, fully expecting to sell it on for spares. But I have decided to keep it. The initial cleaning has gone well and I have ordered a lens that would have originally come with it. Hopefully I will be able to find a shutter speed dial and get it fully operational.

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Kodak Instamatics

Kodak Instamatic

The Kodak Instamatic was a very popular range of cameras. So popular, that the word ‘instamatic’ is still often used as a generic term for any point and shoot camera. Made from 1963 by Kodak in the US, UK and elsewhere, they were a range of inexpensive easy to use small cameras. I remember my father buying me a 133 that I practically wore out, I loved it so much. Most Instamatics used 126 film or 110 film which came in easy to load cartridges. I currently own three different models, but there were many more and so I am often on the lookout. Above you can see, from left to right, the 204 made in 1966, the 133 made in 1968 and the 77X made in 1977.

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Hanimex Camera

Hanimex 35se

The Hanimex 35se is probably the worst camera I own. It’s a plastic, low build quality, 35mm point & shoot that was made in Hong Kong. It is inflexible and takes average pictures. So why would I buy one. That’s a good question that I hope I answer in my latest video. The shutter speed is fixed at 1/250th and the aperture is a snail-like f5.6, f9.5 or f16. There is no metering or low light warning. But it does have a tripod mount, a cable release point and takes screw in 43mm filters. So it’s not all bad. It can also take some reasonable pictures.

But above all it’s fun and I love all cameras. If somebody wants to pay for this, I won’t condemn them as that’s exactly what I did.

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