50p camera

I can do a handstand

Olympus XA2 compact camera. Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm film. Home developed with Ilford LC29.

I think that the 50p Camera handled the above photo quite well.  Taken on a recent visit to London, in Leicester Square of a group of street dancers.  Yeah, it has a tilt, but I think that the tilt works quite well on this sort of scene – I like the other dancers and legs sticking caught on the edge of the photo.

I’m quite liking the Ilford LC29 developer, although at 1:19, I’m not sure if it is that a great value.  I might perhaps use LC29 on my faster films, and use a Rodinal solution on slower films.  Does that make any sense?

Film Dark Room, Monochrome, Olympus Trip 35, Olympus XA-2 - 50p camera project II

Couldn’t resist.

That Ilford ID-11 package to make five litres of ID-11 developer stock.  Cost me GBP £9.78 plus £3.50 post & packing.  Now I need to find a nice air tightish 5 L drum to store it in once I’ve made it up.  Still, for goodness sake, its only a few quid more than a 1 litre packet.  It means that I’ll be able to try developing with lower dilutions.  1:1 stock to water, or even pure stock.  That’ll cut down my developing time.  If I remember the table, pure stock instead of my usual 1:3 dilution, reduces developing time from twenty minutes to a mere six or seven minutes!  Ordered.

Also ordered three Ilford HP5 135 (35 mm) films.  Although I’m determined to as much as possible concentrate on medium format film photography, primarily home developed b&w with the Bronica SQ-A, I really would miss my little zone focus 35mm film compact cameras – the Olympus Trip 35, and even more so my highly pocketable Olympus XA2.  Unfortunately the dog got hold of my Olympus XA2 yesterday.  Looks OK, except with a few scratches on the body.  Kudos.  It has now also survived dog attack.  I do wonder if I should finally reward my little XA2 Wonder with a light seal replacement.  I haven’t seen them on sale on this side of the Pond, and importing a set costs a staggering seven quid plus.  Still, at some point, my lovely ickle fifty pence XA2 deserves a refurbish.  Here’s a recent home developed HP5 photograph from my Olympus Trip 35.  Wonder how the XA2 will compare?

Photography at the Fun Fair. Olympus Trip 35 camera. Ilford HP5 Plus (400) film, home developed in Microphen.

Two posts in a day – Woot!

Monochrome, Portrait, Zenza Bronica SQ-A

Just not had the time

Owen. Zenza Bronica SQ-A. Bronica PS 80mm f/2.8 lens. Ilford HP5+. Developed in ID-11

… for photography.  It’s been all work, no play, aggravated further by a little virus that manifested itself in my body as a man-flu.  Now I’ve got some time coming up.  Just need some inspiration.

Above portrait of Owen taken very much on the moment.  No light meter available, slow shutter speed and hand held.  Of course it’s not as sharp as I would like.  Developed in a nice new batch of Ilford ID-11.  I always dilute my stock developer to 1 part water, three parts water, just before using it, at 20 C.  I sometimes wonder  if I should try a stronger dilution.  I recently saw a pack of ID-11 to make 2.5 litres of stock, going for only a few more quid than a 1 litre packet.  Wish I’d bought it now.


Woot! Next Step – Chemicals arrived

Dead as a Badger. Poor Mr Brock. Olympus XA2 50p zone focus pocket camera. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 35mm film from Poundland.

TTV Lurcher. Taken with Sony A200 DSLR through the viewfinder of a Kodak Brownie Reflex 20 camera.

Developer chemicals arrived today.  Now all I need are some measuring jugs, a thermometer, and above all, some free time.  I’ve a roll of Ilford that I exposed in the Lubitel 166B ready for developing.  I’m very committed to lots of hours this month at work, so I really don’t get much time.  Still, once I’ve got everything together, and a bit of leisure time, then I will have my first crack at self-developing negative film – on 120 roll.  Meanwhile, I submit the above images for the blog.