Traveling Yashica

The Traveling Yashica: Austin Beeman – Ohio, USA

December 19, 2014
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I received the Yashica T5 just in time to take it to the Film Photography Podcast’s 2014 Walking Workshop in Findlay, Ohio. This was only an hour or so south of my hometown of Toledo, Ohio and so I attended all three days.

I had loaded the Yashica with LomoChrome Purple. This strange film from Lomography creates false colors, where blue becomes green and green becomes purple. It loosely approximates the classic Infrared film Aerochrome.

In the afternoon of the first day, it was time for a photowalk. Part of the group walked around Findlay and part went over to the fairgrounds for Findlay Armed Services day. There has probably never been a better collection of cool green subjects to shoot with the weird LomoChrome. The best results struck me as old-timey photographs of an alien army.

The Yashica T5 handled beautifully and exposed crisp, sharp images quickly and quietly in every situation. There were no problems except that they are too expensive for me to just rush out and buy one. The best part of the camera, for me, was the superscope that allows for waist level photography.

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Thanks for reading
Austin
www.austinbeeman.com

Modifications, Repairs, Mods, Tutorials, Downloads

Modification of Pentax Espio Mini to retain flash settings

December 14, 2014
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As part of the process of playing with, testing and reviewing the Pentax Espio Mini – in much the same way as I did with the Oly mju-ii – I have become intrigued by the idea of the modifying the camera to behave closer to how I would like it to. But unlike my failed experiments with the Olympus that left the camera feeling broken, my experiments with the Pentax seem to have been a success!!

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Impressions and Reviews, Lenses

The Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 Nokton

December 6, 2014
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I find the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 Nokton a fascinating piece of kit, and that’s not just since I have bought it! I’ve been intrigued by it since the day it was released, and have read every review about it I could find since then. There are many reasons I’ve only just put my money down (not least a period some years ago of not shooting, and selling some of my RF gear). Possibly the main reason I have taken so long to bite the bullet is how divided opinion on this lens seems to be, I just wasn’t sure I could make do with its apparent shortcomings. And that is I suppose what I want to talk about in this review, not just whether or not it’s a good lens in my opinion, but what those shortcomings are and how and when they might apply.

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Traveling Yashica

The Traveling Yashica: Jonas Lundström in Gothenburg, Sweden

November 30, 2014
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Finally, I present my roll from the Traveling Yashica! In retrospect I should have shot another roll because I didn’t feel like the two days I spent with actually shooting it wasn’t enough to get to know it. Either way, here it is. I used an expired roll of Fujifilm Sensia 400 because I thought I should be edgy and be the first to show cross processed shots from the camera. So excuse the not so exciting, grungy look and quite uninspiring shots. Here we go…

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Competitions & Prize Draws

WIN my Ricoh GR1s

November 22, 2014
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To celebrate the launch of the redesigned 35mmc website I have decided to give away one of the cameras that started it all – my trusty Ricoh GR1s. It might not be in perfect condition, but it works a treat! And it’s certainly good enough to give anyone who hasn’t used one of these wonderful cameras a chance to use one for a lot less money than they usually go for!

All you have to do to enter is fill in your details in the facebook page here. If you like the page and share it with your friends you can even get extra chances to win!

Good luck!

 

Impressions and Reviews, Point & Shoot (AF)

The Minolta Riva Panorama – A simple joy!

November 18, 2014
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If I pick up a camera with a panorama switch on it – a switch that blacks out the top and bottom of the viewfinder and flaps in some plastic panels to partially block the film gate – I will never switch the switch! Why would I? What could I possibly gain from loosing such a significant amount of negative? That being my mentality, it might surprise you to read that I bloody love the Minolta Riva Panorama, a camera that not only crops the top and bottom of the normal 35mm 3:2 frame to 2.7:1, but doesn’t actually allow full frame shooting at all!

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Lenses

The Leica Summar – A lens with a good deal of character.

November 1, 2014
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I very nearly didn’t keep my Leica Summar, in fact I’d almost decided to sell it before I’d even shot with it. First off, it’s an ugly little thing. Mine is nickel so doesn’t match the chrome iiia it came on, and looks ridiculous on my M bodies. Secondly, it’s not in that great condition. Looking inside the lens you can see the paint on the inside of the barrel has chipped away. And lastly, what with also owning a 50mm Summarit, another lens known for its divisive character, I pretty much convinced myself I didn’t have any need it for. Despite all this, it went off to the repair guy with the iiia, as much as anything else, just to protect the camera. I also figured there was no harm in getting an expert opinion on whether or not it was a good one. The answer that came back – “it’s ok, pretty clean”. He actually cleaned it further for me too, and didn’t charge me either which was nice. So by the time I got it back I felt pretty much obliged to give it a go… And I’m very pleased I did too.

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Modifications

Flash switch hack for the Olympus AF-10 super

October 26, 2014
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Something about the cheap little Olympus AF-10 super appealed to me when I first picked it up. It feels solid (well apart from the battery door that is now taped on), it feels responsive, and above all that, it has a flash switch. An actual off/on/auto switch… Which would be brilliant apart from the fact that – despite it being a manually controlled switch when the “clam shell” is open – as you slide it closed, it switches the switch mechanically back to auto.

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