Cameras and equipment, Film

Pick up a Penguin

Our Kershaw Penguin Eight-20, picked up from the car booty. This image captured on a Sony A200 DSLR and Sony DT 50mm SAM lens.

I’ve succumbed to buying a few car boot sale cameras of recent – much to the displeasure of Anita, who points out quite correctly that I already have too many.  I bought a tasty looking Carl Zeiss Werra 1 for a fiver, but on initial testing, it looks as though it may have a shutter fault.  You can lose money on old film cameras.

I also bought the above Kershaw Penguin Eight-20 folding camera.  It came in a nice leather case, complete with manual.  I paid ten quid for it.  It is quite good condition, but I’d expect the bellows to leak.  Anita wanted to try it out, so a few days later, she loaded it with a roll of Foma Fomapan Creative 200 film.  Folders are cool.

Elm church. Penguin Kershaw 8-20 folding rollfilm camera. Circa 1951 manufacture. Foma Fomapan Classic 200 film. Developed in ID11. Film scanned in V500.

We developed the film in the evening with ID11, and left it to dry.  Results?  Well, what about that – no light leaks.  Nice job.

Olympus XA-2 - 50p camera project II


Wisbech Car Boot Sale candid. Olympus XA2 50p camera project. Ilford HP5+ b/w film. ID11. V500 scanned.

Continuing my theme of local anthrophotography.  I took the above at the local car boot sale.  The very same market, that I bought this Olympus XA2 from, for 50p.  The above is an example of that most cowardly candid – the shot from the hip candid portrait.  The XA2 is very good for that.  The two ladies were clearly of “East European” origin, and were busy selling goods from their stall.  I think that their dress and faces give away their origins very nicely.

The local car boot sale / Sunday market is incredibly popular with immigrants from Lithuania, Poland, Czech, Romania, Latvia, Russia, etc.  I wonder if the popularity of these sort of junk sales started in the late Soviet era?  The seeds of Capitalism.  Wherever you walk around the market, you hear so many languages.  This is what I was hoping to capture in the silver salts of this exposure.

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Local Anthrophotography

Fat Twat. Olympus XA2 50p camera project. Ilford HP5+ b/w film. ID11. V500 scanned.

I’ve long had a fascination with people.  I am an armchair anthropologist.  That is where my photography seems to be heading – capturing human culture, including their artifacts, on emulsions of silver salt.  I can’t think of a better subject than people and their incredible cultures.  Humans can be incredibly destructive and harmful.  Yet, I can’t think of another known form of Life, that creates such a diversity of culture.  That’s what I want to capture.

I should lay claim to the word anthrophotography  – is it copyright?  I’m an anthrophotographer.  What are you?

35mm, Olympus XA-2 - 50p camera project II, Street and Protest

A Travelling Man

Wisbech car boot sale. Traveler and his dog. Olympus XA2 50p camera project. Ilford HP5+ b/w film. ID11. V500 scanned.

My favourite photography – both by other people, and myself, captures what i regard as the feeling of living some where, some corner of this earth – the locale.  this means trying to capture both the quirky, and the norm.  It includes the culture, the ethno diversity of the local people, the local sub cultures – with all of the nitty gritty – not the tourist view.

Let’s call it Anthrophotography.

I’ve made efforts already in capturing both local characters, and the immigration side.  Here at the local Sunday Market, I managed to capture another community that strongly figures in the area – the travellers.  And he’s got his dog.

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More XA2 Fun

Meatloaf at the bus shelter. The 50p Camera Project. Olympus XA2 compact camera. Ilford HP5+ 35mm film. Developed in ID11. Scanned film on V500.

I just love this little camera that cost me 50p a few years ago.  Fits in the pocket so sweet.  Doesn’t Anita also look sweet here?  It was Valentines Day.  The car was in the garage for more repairs, and we were broke.  So on walking up to the shops, we bought a hot meatloaf.  She took a photo of me woofing meatloaf down in the bus shelter as well, but strange thing, it didn’t develop well. ;-)

We’ve discussed using this bus shelter as a prop before.  Slowing down in the car, and photographing whoever is in it, as we pass.  Maybe over a year.

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The Town Crier

50p Camera Project

Pearl Capewell, Peterborough Town Crier. On the steps of the town hall. Return of the 50p camera project. Olympus XA2 50p camera project Ilford HP5+ b/w film ID11 V500 scanned.

First film exposed in my old Olympus XA2 for a while, giving rebirth to the 50P Camera Project.  Ok, I’m still trying to get exposure correct.  Subject was the Town Crier for Peterborough.  Came across her, with XA2 in coat pocket.  Chatted to her and took a few random snaps.  She has been the town crier in Peterborough many years.  She did retire from the post in 2007, but was asked to come out of retirement to fill a vacancy.

As above image.

35mm, and scans, Film

35mm film to 120 size converters from Ebay

35mm film converters to 120 size. Fitted here onto a Poundland film. Taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020 phone camera.

I haven’t tried them out in the field yet, but a few readers have asked for more information on these 135 to 120 canister converters that I purchased on Ebay.  Link to the Ebay listing here.

The seller is manufacturing them on his 3D printer.  Simple, but apparently an effective little design.  They simply plug into either end of a 35mm film canister, and hey presto – the 35mm film now fits into a 120 medium format film loader.

The seller does state that they haven’t been tested with many films or film loaders.  Still, they are a neat little product.

For those of you that might be interested in “sprocket hole” scans, just be aware, that these don’t come straight out of many film scanners including the Epson V500.  The masks cover the sprocket holes either side.  You need a bit of ingenuity.  Newton glass mounts, or, modified masks, simply trying to peg them into a 120 mask, or old school – use a digital camera and light box set up instead of a scanner.

As above image – but mounted in the film loader of a Lubitel 166B camera.