I appreciate that the title of this post is fairly redundant, given the topic of this site. However, I sometimes get reminded just how much I love it. In the last couple of weeks I have been out and about with various cameras from my vintage collection. Armed with various film brands and types, I have been snap happy and I’m now enjoying the results.
The colours, the grain, the anticipation are all reasons why film inspires me so much. I have therefore been adding some of my favourites to the film gallery, which you can find here. I am also working on a new video that features my scanning methodology, so look out for that soon.
Back to medium format for my video this week and my 1957 Kodak Sterling II. 620 film with a nice big 6x9cm frame size. The Sterling II was made in England by Kodak and it was introduced in May 1955 until 1959. I was lucky enough to obtain this fine 1957 example from from the original owner and it is in near mint.
Because it is a simple camera to use, it would be ideal of anyone wishing to make a start in vintage medium format photography.
Up until now, my YouTube channel has only featured three types of vintage film camera. Single Lens Reflex, Twin Lens Reflex and Viewfinder. So to rectify this, please say hello to my latest purchase. A 1973 Zorki 4 “Rangefinder” camera. This soviet made 35mm camera has captured my heart. It has some little quirks but also some lovely features. I can’t wait to see what the results look like.
In the video below I run through all the details of the camera and I hope to get some images up on here real soon.
Most people that take up film photography will make use of professional labs to begin with. Labs provide services for developing, scanning and printing your negatives. But once you have been photographing for a while, many like to begin to perform these actions for themselves. With regards to the scanning of your negatives, there are a number of software applications that can assist with the conversion and adjustment of the final image.
In this video I look at one of these applications. Grain2Pixel is an app that integrates with Adobe Photoshop and automates the actions of turning a negative in a good looking positive image. Take a look at my first use of the app and see the results I get.
This is Part 4, the final part of the story about the project that got me back in to vintage film photography after so many years. In this video the I send off the film to AG Photo Lab to be developed. I receive the results back nice and quickly, so take a look to see how they turned out.
Opening a newly purchased vintage camera is enough to turn me in to a child at Christmas. The Yashica TL was absolutely no exception. Manufactured in 1968, it was ahead of its time and I still think it looks fabulous today.
It’s a 35mm SLR with an M42 mount and it is largely dependent on it’s battery. In the video below I take at look at it in more detail and hopefully explain why I love it so much.
Part 3 of the story about the project that got me back in to vintage film photography after so many years. In this video the order of my new 620 film arrives from Analogue Wonderland. I load it in to the camera and head out with my family to take some shots. The fourth and final part is coming soon.
I have been trying to track one of these down for quite a while. The trouble has been that they were either in a poor state of repair, or the seller was simply asking for too much.
Aimed at the amateur photographer, it is simple to operate and uses 120 medium format film. Instead of the more common Single Lens Reflex (SLR), these are Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras, which can take a bit of getting used to, but they are great fun to use.
I have created a new album today. The existing albums feature my digital work, but as I am now taking more and more photos on film, I thought it would be nice to feature some successes.* These are all taken on one of my vintage camera collection, which can mean a variance in quality. But I hope you like them. I’ll add more to the album as I progress with my learning. See the album by clicking here.
When it came to buying my first 35mm SLR for my vintage camera collection, there was only one choice for me. The most popular models among collectors include the Canon AE-1, Pentax K1000, Olympus OM-1 and, if you’re not short of piles of cash, the Leica M6. But I was keen to get the same model as the first SLR I owned back in 1985, the Praktica MTL50.
Fortunately, as they are not as popular, they have not held their value as well as the other models. So I was able to get one in great condition for a nice low price. All it needed was a new battery and it was ready to go.