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.
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.
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.