My building is awesome. If you haven’t heard me rave about our Amenities building before you will now. We have an awesome user run art building that contains pottery/wood/metal/print making/music studios as well a awesome darkroom that I help run. one of the things that we have acquired for the darkroom is the every lovely Epson V750 Film scanner.
This is a reasonably cost effective film scanner that will scan Negatives up to 8X10 and at way better quality then I could have imagined from a flatbed. I haven’t until recently had the opportunity to play with this magnificent beast until recently but I am super impressed with speed and quality!
I took this opportunity to develop a bunch of random rolls of film that I have had laying about (Truthfully I have a large box of undeveloped film some dating back to 2001) and I feel I should share.
It would seem that our life is managing to getting back to normal. So much in fact that I even had the time to be creative over this weekend. This is case number three in my custom art guitar cases and I have had the source book for this for at least two years just waiting for something to do with it. I enjoy that this is a mesh of the two big creative things in my life Music and Photography! :)
I still need to seal the top with urethane but I am getting better at this whole custom decoupage cases. I am also looking at what else I could do for artistic custom guitar things. I have a pile of old band t-shirts that I have collected from people over the last while that I have some ideas about what to do with as well.
Today I was drug out to a rummage sale of sorts at the Croatian Cultural Centre. At said rummage sale I discovered this beauty which I managed to haggle the seller down a little bit for.
It is a feature rich SLR for being made in 1982. It has shutters from Bulb to 1/1000, 2 stops of exposure compensation, a wicked metering system, & if I was feeling particularly lazy Auto mode. It is remarkably both small & light for an older SLR camera. It looks as though it was hardly used and it even came with a nifty leather case. :) I will drop of the first roll shot though it in the AM to Custom Color.
Last night both Miranda and I were totally bagged so we went to bed early. (early in our house in sometime before midnight but sometime after 11:30) This turning in early meant that I was awake this morning at 5:30am I stayed in bed however thinking of all the cool places that we will go when we get back from Cuba. I then rolled out of bed early for the Camera Show & Swap in Burnaby. It was, as expected, a bunch of tables filled mostly with random cold war copies of good cameras. I did however find myself something that I have been looking for for a while now. A Medium Format SLR in the style of regular 35mm SLR’s. The most well known example of this would be the Mamiya 7, but they are sought after and a bit pricey for me and my habit! I instead found the next best thing Communist Germany had to offer. The Pentacon six TL.
Its your run of the mill focal plane shutter camera with either a waist finder or a pentaprism. Comes with a 80mm (50mm equivalent in 35mm format) Carl Zeiss Lens and boasts shutter speed ranging from 1/1000 to 1 Sec & Bulb. It shoots 6X6 and is stamped MADE IN GERMANY (EAST) on all the parts which all equals good times. I have loaded a roll of colour 400 in it and depending on what we are up to today I will try and shoot it off. I doubt that there will be any time to post results on the blog before we leave but I will try!
So I know that I have been non-existent this last week! I have been busy alright! :)I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel though! My Calgary Banff trip somehow made me really behind and I have been playing catch-up ever since! That said Dadoes’ for breakfast or dinner or something soon???!! We have a wedding today so instead of driveling on and on about nothing here is a photo of the windiest place that I have ever been in my life!
So I have a fisheye lens for my holga and lately I have been sticking it on every camera I can find including my Finepix s700 point & shoot. Good times indeed :) I can also stick it on my video camera, and if i am feeling very adventurous i can even hold it up to my eye and walk about!
So I was a sucker and bought the Meg camera from the White Stripes/lomography! The funny thing was I didn’t buy it because I am a huge White Stripes fan!I bought it because it was red! (well actually it is orange which is even better for I Heart Orange I hate the Diana+ camera’s awful greenish teal thing that it has going on.0 I have been really intrigued with this camera since I first read about it but I was slow in getting it because of its awful colour. That might sound petty or something but what can I say? I am shallow I guess :)The photos that the Meg/Diana takes are awesome. I think that every type of plastic/toy camera has its own unique look and the Meg/Diana is absolutely no exception. I have only run one roll though it as of yet but I am happy with the results. There is a bit of conflicting info out there about the specs of the camera. I read in one place that the shutter is 1/60th and others that it is 1/125th The aperture is even more conflicting! I read that it is everything from f9 to f22.Having developed my first roll and using a light meter I think I may have a good idea of what it is.I would say that the shutter is 1/60thish and the apertures run around f9, f11 & f16 the pin hole I was estimating it about f128 but upon inspection of the film I would say it is quite a bit more than that.(i am going to try 161 because that is the highest that my light meter will go!) I didn’t get a lot of great shots out of this first roll but that is to be somewhat expected The second roll is about half done and if I quit blogging and get some of my work done I may get a chance to finish it off today :)
The other unique thing about the Meg/Diana is the photo size!You can take 12 square shots on a roll of 120 just like the Holga or Seagull! Or you can add the film mask and take 16 square shots (it is the same as shooting 6×4.5 only square.) You don’t use a lot of the film with the 16 shot mask and the photos tend to overlap a lot.
I think that I am going to try shooting the smaller 16 shot format but wind it for 12 shots.If my idea is correct I should be able to center them in the 6×6 negative carrier with my enlarger and make prints with a nice sloppy black box around them. The classic vignetting that happens with most plastic cameras is more apparent on the full frame 12 shot mode so i am told so its a tough call as to what I wanna shoot.
Now while plastic cameras are supposed to be known for light leaks I can say that it has never been a problem for me. Never, that is until now! I did have about 3 or 4 photos on this roll that were ruined due to light leaks :( the camera was banged around a lot on the trip so they could be an isolated incident but I may need to bust out the electrical tape. All said and done the first roll was good not great but good, but then again the same was true with the Seagull, and it truly kicks ass now! It’s all about experimenting anyway right!?
Yup according to Fed-EX it should be entering Canada very soon me thinks!
For those that have no idea what the hell I am talking about The White Stripes and Lomography hooked up to release a White Stripes Version of the famous Holga and the Diana and I bought a Diana/Meg. Now I hope the it arrives before we go to Banff to see Matt Good