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Home Developing Kit

Home Developing – Part 1

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.

So this is part one of my journey. Please subscribe to my channel if you’d like to follow along with me.

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Canomatic Camera

Canomatic M70

The Canomatic M70 was introduced by Canon in 1970 for use with 126 film. For all intents and purposes, it is a point & shoot camera. The 40mm f2.8 lens is surrounded by a selenium powered meter. This provides a programmed auto exposure (f2.8 at 1/30 sec to f13 at 1/800 sec). Mine needs some TLC but thought you’d like to take a look anyway.

My plan will be to strip it down and give it a good clean. I then hope to purchase an adaptor so that I can try using 35mm film in it. This is because 126 film is no longer available.

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Camera Lenses

An Introduction to Lenses

Camera lenses can be a confusing subject and so I thought that a “lenses for beginners”, an introduction to lenses might be useful. There are way too many types of lens to cover in one video. I therefore concentrate on just two types. Prime lenses and zoom lenses. I explain the meaning of the terms focal length, aperture and depth of field.

Perhaps if this proves popular, I can produce a part two a some time in the future. But for now I hope that this will demystify things a little for the photographic beginner. Please let me know in the comments.

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Roll of Film

Scanning Negatives at Home

When it comes to film photography there are a number of options available for scanning or digitising our negatives. Flatbed scanners such as the Epson V800 are amazing, but expensive. What can we do if we are on a budget? In this video I make a suggestion that uses a dSLR and about £40 worth of accessories. All items were easy enough to assemble and even if you do not have a dSLR, a mobile phone will also work.

Leave a comment if you have any other suggestions or improvements we could make.

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Praktika Camera

Praktica BMS Electronic

A little bit newer but a whole lot more packed in to my latest 35mm SLR. The BMS was only made from 1989-1990, but I have to say it is a joy to use and feels really well made. In this video I compare it to my MTL50, and explain what’s been added.

Unfortunately it’s has just been announced that we are going back in to lockdown here in the UK. Oh well, I’ll just have to buy more cameras and make more videos. 😁

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Zorki Camera

Zorki 4

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.

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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.

Grain2Pixel can be downloaded from here.

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Busy Times


My apologies for the radio silence. Whilst I have not had the opportunity to post, things are moving fast in the background. I expanded my vintage camera collection by another two cameras. Videos featuring them in detail are currently in production. Other videos coming soon feature my negative scanning process and a review of some software.

YouTube encouraged me to make a “What’s it about?” video for my channel and so I have posted it below. I have also bought a new wooden canoe paddle and so I am hoping to get out on the water more. Especially as I have my assessment for my coaching award coming up. So look out for more paddlesport videos too. I am busy working on two assignments for my Masters degree as well and so there may well be more quiet times as my deadlines approach. So stick with me, more coming soon.

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Yashica Camera

Yashica TL Electro-X

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.

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