Another point & shoot this week. The Pentax Zoom 60 was made in 1987 and is a fully automatic compact camera. Automatic focusing, automatic exposure control, automatic flash, automatic film-speed setting, automatic film loading, and automatic film winding/rewinding, all make it absolutely ideal for the novice. Or indeed someone who just wants to take pictures with film and is not concerned with the “how”.
This could be a great choice for street photography as it nice and small and discreet. Or perhaps the sort of camera you might take on a trip where bulky equipment would be an inconvenience. Enjoy the video and don’t forget to give it a thumbs up!
A comment on a recent video of mine asked how to load 35mm film in to a camera. Without sounding conceited, I had never considered it, as I have been doing it for so long. However I am trying to help the beginner and so here is a video that explains it. I can’t cover all types of camera obviously. So I have chosen two very different ones and have tried to explain differences that you might come across.
I hope it’s of use as I might start on a series of basic “how-to” videos. Here is the link to the site for the manuals that I talk about.
In this week’s video I look at the 1962 Agfa Silette II. As a successor to the Silette I featured here, this 35mm has several improvements. A hot-shoe, a bright-line viewfinder, a faster lens and a nice clean action. I think that this is another contender for a cheap but very useable street photography camera. Or an ideal start for the collector of vintage cameras.
This could be a great choice for street photography as it nice and small and discreet.
This is the 1963 Lomo Cosmic 35 or Smena 8 or Global 35, depending on where it was first sold. Normally, by the time I feature a camera here, I have owned it for a while and have done some research in order to be able to use it and tell you about it. But as I didn’t intend on buying this one, I have decided to learn along with you. Since I made the video I have started using it and so I have added some captions but I would also urge you to check out this video https://youtu.be/OSF_Xu8af9o as it explains some things in much more detail.
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.