Sony DSLR A200 and Sony DT 50mm F/1.8mm SAM prime lens

News, News…

Relax. Sony DSLR-A200 camera. Sony AF DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens. ISO 800.

Been too busy to blog for a few days!  News.  Err… I’m on the fourth roll of 120 film in the Lubitel, with some films to pick up soon.  The weather is flamin’ gorgeous, although with an unforgiving strong light for photography.  I’ve bought a digital flatbed/ccd scanner suitable for scanning 120 medium format negatives.  Bought on Ebay, a Canon Canoscan 8400f.  Unfortunately, as is often the case, the film masks have been lost.  I haven’t got it yet, but going to try and make my own masks from card.

The Past. Sony DSLR-A200 camera. Sony AF DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens. Handheld with shutter speed of 0.077 sec.

Film, 35mm, and scans

More treasures from old film negatives

Family snapshot of my young daughters on a family day out. Taken circa 1998? with some point and shoot autofocus compact camera and Kodak Gold colour 35mm film. Negative scanned with a Canoscan 5600F CCD scanner.  Touched up and cropped with Gimp 2.8 software

Those autofocus compact 35mm film cameras were getting so good during the late 1990s, shortly before digital came along.  I love old family snapshots as I call them.  I loved those boxes of family photos that we all had, and are now threatened with extinction, or at least, lacking the richness of odd, unselected, poor shots that told so many tales.  So I’m gradually sieving through a box of film negatives from the 1990s, and CCD scanning them.  I keep coming up with beauts, and treasured moments like the above one.

Family snapshots – a forgotten treasure and art.  Social history.

Cameras and equipment, Film, 35mm, and scans

News from the Studio

On the left, my 1959 Kodak Retinette. Taken with the Sony A200 DSLR and Sony AF DT 35mm SAM.

Two new developments.  I’ve cleaned up the two quid 1959 Kodak Retinette IIA camera, and loaded it with a quid roll of Kodak Color 35mm film from Poundland.  I’m looking forward to seeing what I can get out of it.  Hopefully not any bad light leakage.  Otherwise, it looks as though everything is working, including the light meter.

Secondly, despite my tight fisted approach to budget photography, I’ve bought a new piece of equipment: a Canon Canoscan 5600F photo scanner.  I can use this to digitally scan my 35mm film negatives.  No need to buy prints anymore.  It’s also necessary if I’m going to achieve my goal of developing my own b&w photos in the future.  First try, it is surprisingly slow – allowing for only one slide of 5 negative exposures at a time, and at high resolution oh so slow.  But it gives me control, and the option to scan at high resolution.

Looking forward to uploading better quality film photos soon.