Some of my favourite black and white film results from the XA2.
All captured on home developed, then scanned 35mm b/w film. All in the Olympus XA2 camera that cost 50p (USD 70 cents) from a car boot sale.
Another success with the little compact Olympus XA2 loaded with AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 35mm film from Poundland. Caught this one on the way home last week, as I drove out of Downham Market towards Wisbech. Sunset over the Fens. Film, including this Poundland film, really does seem to render skies better than do digital sensors, at least in my eyes it does, but I’m just a cheapskate amateur. Landscapes are not really my forte, but living in the Fens, I cannot help sometimes capturing a big Fenland sky. An 8p exposure on a 50p camera. That’s low budget photography. How low can I go?
Scanning a roll of film from the Yashica AW Mini. This was the camera that I was using in the 50p Camera Project I. I sort of lost a bit of interest in it a few weeks ago when I bought an Olympus XA2 zone focus compact camera also for 50p, a much better quality camera, and launched the 50p Camera Project II.
As a recap, the Yashica AW Mini is nothing special. An early 1990s compact autofocus 35mm film camera. You know the sort of thing – black plastic, designed to slip into a pocket. Point and click – motor wind on. Automatic built in flash is a bit of a problem. You can force it on, but not off. I repeat, this is NOT one of the T series of Yashica compacts that sported a Carl Zeiss lens. This is a relatively low budget compact with a plain unbranded lens. The result though might be of appeal to some of the Lomo and Toy camera brigade. The Poundland film is giving great results with strong colours.
Not a great photo, and I suspect Nita wont like it, but I’m using this as an example of the quality of ultra low budget photography. The camera cost me 50p (GBP £0.50). The film cost me a quid (GBP £1.00). With film cost and development, it works out 8p per exposure. There you go, a 50p camera, and 8p photos. Can you do it cheaper? What do you think of the colours and rendering? All of this in a World of photography where the consumer is brainwashed by multinational companies to spend and spend on must-have cutting edge technology and accessories. You don’t need that to make good photography (not that the above image is a particular good example, with Nita squinting in the sun).
It’s also a good example from the Olympus XA2 zone focus compact camera, and from the AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 35mm negative film from Poundland. Only post scan enhancement was a touch up of dust and hair using the Heal tool on Gimp 2.8 free open source software.
To recap the Project – I’m to attempt to make a half decent Flickr Photo Gallery, using a Yashica AW Mini 35mm compact camera, that I bought from a car boot sale for 50p, loaded only with discount film (AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200) from the Poundland store. This is discount ultra low budget photography!
I’m allowed to scan the negatives, and to post scan edit the digital images using free-to-download Open Source image editing software, in the form of Gimp 2.8.
This camera dates to around 1991, and is a typical cheap black plastic 35mm film autofocus compact pocket camera of that period. It is not one of the fancy T-series of Yashica compacts, it does not feature a Carl Zeiss lens.
I’m not really getting enough time for my photography lately. Too much work, not enough play.