Travelling from Washington State to Long Island – Canonet 28 Roll #2

By Bob Janes

You can read about the Travelling Canonet project here. We have over 50 photographers on 4 continents waiting to take part. Two Canonets are involved, each travelling in a different direction. The idea is to take 5 or more shots and then send the camera on to the next person on the list. Previous pictures from the first roll from this camera and the first roll from the Original Canonet are also available on 35mmc.

The Canonet 28 was an additional camera which is working through the list of participants in the opposite direction to the original camera. This posting covers the second film and follows the Canonet’s continuing journey across the USA.


My name is Pierre Saget (any pronouns). I’m a 29 year old amateur street photographer based out of Richland, Washington, USA. I’ve been a reader of 35mmc for a few years now and I excitedly jumped at Bob’s Canonet Project as soon as I saw it. I’d never done a project like this before and I’m very happy to have been a part of it. I hope to get to do more group projects in the future. You can see more of my work on Instagram @evergreenstates – Pierre

Frame 1. Keene Trail, Richland, Washington
Frame 2. Paul Mitchell The School, Richland, Washington
Frame 3. Badger Mountain Elementary School (under construction), Richland, Washington
Frame 4. House two neighborhoods over, Richland, Washington
Frame 5. Keene Trail, Richland, Washington


I was excited to participate in the Traveling Canonet 28 project. It’s always fun to try out a new camera. When the camera made its way to me I was coming off abdominal surgery and hadn’t been able to get out for my usual long walks on the regional trail in our neighborhood, the Luce Line. Two activities have helped me stay energized and fit during COVID, photography and walking. When it came my turn with the Canonet 28, I decided that a long walk was just what the doctor ordered. These photos are simple everyday scenes from one of those walks.

Frame 6. Gleanloch Playground
Frame 7. Gleanloch Pond
Frame 8. Underpass Graffiti
Frame 9. West Medicine Lake Community Club
Frame 10. Map of the Luce Line Trail


I am Jeff from the middle of America.  I do a variety of digital, film and collodion photography.  I almost purchased a Canonet last year when I was looking for a pocketable film camera after my Ricoh point and shoot finally died.  I ended up with a Canon Demi EE17 half-frame camera but was glad for the opportunity to shoot a bit with a Canonet.   I enjoy analog photography and love the moment of surprise when you develop your film (or get it back from the developer).  I was so happy to see my Canonet pictures along with all the others from photographers who shared my roll!

Frame 11. Wonderful Neenah, Wisconsin, USA. A small town on the shores of Lake Winnebago known water, paper and steel!
Frame 12. The Kimberly Point Lighthouse. On the shores of Lake Winnebago. The lake is the largest within the state of Wisconsin at 215 square miles. It is also home to the largest Sturgeon population in the US. Over 12,000 people brave the ice in the winter for spearing season and a record 174 lb fish was taken this year!
Frame 13. “Playing in The Rain” a Sculpture/Fountain by artist Dallas Anderson. Wisconsin can have cold winters so someone puts knitted hats and scarves on the children to help them keep warm!
Frame 14. Accidental exposure! I was checking my focus from the previous spot and hit the shutter button on accident…
Frame 15. A shot of Spring on Lake Winnebago from Doty Island. Early Geese swim in the left foreground and you can see the remains of an ice shove to the left. Lake Winnebago often has significant Ice shoves when the ice breaks up often piling 10 or even 20 feet high on the shore.
Frame 16. My wife is a metal artist and here is our “Owl” family on the side of my office.
Frame 17. An attempt at a “macro” shot of my garden guardian. The Canonet is not so good at close focusing (or I am not so good at close focusing a Canonet)!


I am a fairly amateur film photographer, having picked it up just at the end of last year, so I am still learning, and want to experience all types of cameras and films. The traveling Canonet and 28 seemed like just the experiment that would let me try out another camera, with little expense to my budget. The 28 was fun to use, and everything but the focus felt familiar. Since I had never used a rangefinder before, it took some getting used to, but it made sense once I fiddled with it for a while. Undoubtedly, I’ve added rangefinders to my eBay searches, as I had quite a fun time with the 28 during our short-lived time together!

Frame 18. A blurry self-portrait (still working on understanding the focusing)
Frame 19. My dogs, at night, with limited lighting, tested the capability of the camera and film
Frame 20. Some tulips that bloomed during the days I had the camera
Frame 21. The road leading into the heart of downtown Indianapolis.


I’ve never been one to follow rules, but in this case I just didn’t read the directions! Never did I think that every shot we each took would be included. Please pardon the repetitive shots in the mix.

I’ve always been intrigued by the Canonet, both for its place in the history of consumer-accessible photography and for its great looks. I’ve resisted bidding on them because I avoid cameras that require batteries not stocked at convenience stores–let alone one that’s been banned as an environmental hazard. But I enjoyed the Canonet 28 so much that I’m hooked (and, yes, I’ve bid).  It’s heavy enough to feel “serious”, small enough to be fun, and so beautifully proportioned that it screams “Pick me up and create something!”

Shooting with it was disconcerting at first. It feels like a camera designed to offer up some creative choices. Alas, taking it out of automatic mode is a bit silly without control over the exposure time. But once I let that sink in and started thinking of the camera as more of a point-and-shoot, the fun began.

I tried to shoot scenes typical of the South Shore of Long Island. We have a long, marsh & beach coastline, home to waterfowl, fishing vessels, reflections and shadows. Like much of American suburbia, malls, followed by Walmart, followed by Amazon have laid waste to our downtowns, so there’s plenty of decay around as well.

I’ve read that the lower voltage of the modern replacement battery can lead to under exposure. As this was also my first time shooting with Fuji Neopan 100, it’s a little hard for me to say. The blacks are dark and the whites are gray, but none of the shots look underexposed. In fact, I’d highly recommend the Canonet/Neopan duo: all of the shots share a moodiness that makes even my shots of suburbia somewhat interesting.

I had a great time, and can’t wait to do this again!

Frame 22. Had I known this shot would be shared I would have started off with some creative selfie rather than my name & email address on a iPhone Post-it widget up against the tire of my Rogue
Frame 23. Bird tucked his head just as I took the shot
Frame 24. Got his head but the camera metered off a different object and lightened the exposure
Frame 25. Waterfront houses along a canal
Frame 26. Not sure what the meter was reading in this one–or how I managed to frame the doors so poorly
Frame 27. Was interested to see how the Neopan would render the midtones in this one. Wonder if a green filter would have brought out more variation
Frame 28. Guessing this was due to the film not winding correctly. I’m a bit disappointed because I really like the way the shadows rendered
Frame 29. Can’t resist these shots when I’m loaded up with black & white film
Frame 30. Freeport was the Hamptons of the early 20th century, summer hot spot to Vaudevillian celebrities, early movie stars, and dance band leaders such as Guy Lombardo, after whom this canal is named
Frame 31. Looking south past the shoreline towards the Atlantic Ocean
Frame 32. A Spanish style home along the shore, though it was those shadows along the wall and turret that caught my eye
Frame 33. Same spot as Frame 27 but a much brighter day
Frame 34. Signs of the times
Frame 35. A sign of life amidst suburban decay


The Canonet 28 has been clocking up a fair number of miles. My thanks to Michael for the excellent processing on this particular film.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have taken part so far. It is fascinating to see inside peoples’ communities and I’ve been quite knocked out, both by the enthusiasm of contributors and of the robustness of these little cameras.

Another short-form film should be following this one up fairly soon. Everyone I’ve contacted so far has been able (and very willing) to take up their slot.

It needs to be remembered that the Canonet 28 being used here is 50 years old. As it continues to make its way down the east coast of the USA, It is remarkable that it is enduring the post so well and that that so many of the shots are coming out well.

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By Bob Janes
Retired IT guy. Volunteer stem-cell courier. Interested in education, photography and local history. Lives in Greenwich, SE London, UK.
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Don Goodman-Wilson on Travelling from Washington State to Long Island – Canonet 28 Roll #2

Comment posted: 14/07/2022

What a terrific project, and a fun way to bring photographers together for a collaborative project. Thank you for sharing this!

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