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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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.
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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This is the Mamiya/Sekor 528TL. Known in the US as a Sears Auto 35TL, it’s a 35mm SLR, but an unusual one. The lens, a 48mm f2.8, is fixed and cannot be changed. But it does have a light meter, an automatic aperture setting and lovely shutter sound. Unfortunately, mine is not working, but I hope you enjoy the video anyway.
Part three of my first attempt at developing film at home. In this video, I meet up with my friend Connor for a photo walk around Worcester. I hope that I can get at least a few decent shots ready for my developing attempt. Despite miserable weather, we walk along the banks of the Severn not long after the floods. A lot of debris has been left behind, but with any luck, black and white will suit the theme.
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This is the Canon Sure Shot Multi Tele from 1988. A point and shoot 35mm camera that has some very nice features. Also known as the Autoboy Tele 6 in Japan and the Prima Tele in Europe. It is a fully automatic autofocus camera offering full-frame (24x36mm) and half-frame (17x24mm) formats and two focal lengths. A 35mm f/3.5 lens and a 60mm f/5.6 telephoto lens are built-in and with an optional teleconverter which when connected, the 60mm lens becomes a 75mm lens (110mm for half-frame format).
Sadly mine appears to be faulty and so I am on the look out for a replacement. I keep this one for its aesthetic appeal in the meantime. Enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe for more content like this.
Part two of my first attempt at developing film at home. In this video, the packages I ordered have arrived and I take stock of what I have got. I also have a first go at loading a test film on to a reel and discover its not as easy as it looks.
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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.
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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.