Monday, 31 October 2011

retro film camera adventures: Excellent advice for camera purchases

retro film camera adventures: Excellent advice for camera purchases: I read the Amateur photographer magazine from cover to cover most weeks and one article I really enjoy is The final frame. I know one of the...

Excellent advice for camera purchases

I read the Amateur photographer magazine from cover to cover most weeks and one article I really enjoy is The final frame. I know one of the contributors Roger Hicks photographer and author, and I have in the past tried to log on to his website with no sucsess. Well that all changed today and I have spent a pleasant hour reading his short schrift articles on his site. I particularly enjoyed his article on what what something (a secondhand camera maybe) is worth. He likened the cost of a particular camera to pairs of Levi Jeans, he even did an American conversion, strange how Levi's translate into a universal currency. I enjoyed the article and his website so I recomend it to you click here to read his words of wisdom. Rogerandfrances.com and look for his October 7th 2011 article but be prepared to spend a lot of time on his site.

Friday, 28 October 2011

eBay bids placed

I am bidding on a couple of range finder cameras wish me luck. I hope I am sucsessful but I cant get out even if I do not win the auctions.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

St Paul’s Church Cliftonville notice sheet


St Paul’s Church
Cliftonville

Welcome!

Sunday
30th October, 2011

9:15 am Holy Communion
11:00 am Family Service
6:00 pm River Service

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Things happening this week


Mon: 10:30 am Open Church
Tues: 10:30 am Open Church
Wed: 10:30 am Holy Communion
11:45 am  Revival Prayers
7:30 pm Ignite
Thurs: 10:30 am Open Church
Sun 6th 9:15 am Morning Worship
11:00 am Holy Communion
6:00 pm Iona Service

Capture em young

My five year old grandson sat for ages waiting to get pictures of parakeets on my point and shoot yesterday. He managed several good shots and the beauty was it was instant. A five year old wants it now he wants to see what he has taken. He is getting a camera for Christmas. I was prompted by some of the shots on flickr taken by youngsters, hopefully my grandson will discover photography before I did.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Today might be the day

Yippee I feel well enough to get my scooter out and take the camera out. MS is a crazy disease my body is slowly falling apart but my brain still thinks I am 18. Well if I can get the scooter out I want to take a few pictures with the Yashica and I will take a digital out and try and find something to shoot. I am going crazy not getting out to finish the film and see the results. I want to save one frame to take a picture of the developers PHOTOFAST in Broadstairs but first I need to get out and get some shots ...............wish me well.

Friday, 21 October 2011

St Paul’s Church Cliftonville notice sheet

St Paul’s Church
Cliftonville

Welcome!

Sunday
23rd October, 2011

9:15 am              Holy Communion
11:00 am             All-Age Service
6:00 pm              River Service


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Things happening this week


Mon: 10:30 am Open Church
Tues: 10:30 am Open Church
Wed: 10:30 am Holy Communion
11:45 am  Revival Prayers
7:30 pm Ignite
Thurs: 10:30 am Open Church
Sun 23rd 9:15 am Holy Communion
11:00 am All-Age Service
6:00 pm River Service

eBay so many camera's so little time

Since starting this blog my days have been taken up with old camera's. I have no idea what I am looking at or for but I keep trawling through ebays film camera section like a man possessed. I even liked old camera's before I got into photography, I think it is a man thing anything mechanical and it becomes boys toys. I used to like cars same sort of thing I spose.Well what do I do I haven't put a film through the Yashica and I am already looking for its replacement. Shall I buy another TLR? Should I try a rangefinder? is the 1955 start date too late should I start before, I dont know, but what I do know is there 'narf a lot of camera's on eBay.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Amateur Photography magazine

I eagerly wait for my new edition of Amateur Photography each week. I tend to read it from cover to cover most weeks and read all the reviews etc, but this week I am reading and rereading an article on Leidolf Lordomat  35mm camera introduced after the war. I cant buy one as they too expensive so I shall not be test one any time soon. What has caught my interest in the article was they listed several of the Leidolf Lordomat's contemporaries, and I am just going through that list to see if there are any that I might be in a position to purchase for my retro film adventures.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

My first pictures

Yep we managed to get out! First off we went up to Palm Bay and watched the kite flyer's. We managed a few shots of the kites on my Panasonic  TZ8 I also tried a video clip, I am putting off looking at in on the computer because I tried taking it from the car window. Heather is still unsteady on her feet when she looks up so I have no ides what they will look like and am in no hurry to find out. From Palm Bay we went round the coast towards Broadstairs and parked up at Joss Bay to see what birds were about. We saw a Pied Wagtail  and a Yellow Wagtail I managed a few shots of the Pied Wagtail and a video clip. Then came the first shots with the Yashica. We pulled out of the car park as the sun was directly where I wanted to shoot and if we moved into Elmwood Ave the sun was to my right. After much deliberation I got out of the car and fired of three shots, I hope they are OK it wont be long before I have taken the whole film and got it developed so you wont have long to wait to see my results. See some of my digital shots over on my other blog CLICK HERE

Can I get out today?

Blue sky and sunshine, I know its chilly because I need a cardigan indoors so if I manage to get out I will take a big coat with me.We spoke about a trip to the car park at Joss Bay and if we go I aim to take a couple of shots of the lighthouse. I can then compare it with some digital images I have taken over the years. I am going to ring the developers surgested on previous post and go to Broadstairs to see Jason at PHOTOFAST in Broadstairs High Street. I have just spoken to him on the phone and his prices are very reasonable.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Saint Pauls Cliftonville Notice Sheet


St Paul’s Church
Cliftonville

Welcome!

Sunday
16th October, 2011

9:15 am Morning Worship
11:00 am Family Service
6:00 pm Holy Communion

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Things happening this week


Mon: 10:30 am Open Church
Tues: 10:30 am Open Church
Wed: 10:30 am Holy Communion
11:45 am  Revival Prayers
7:30 pm Ignite
Thurs: 10:30 am Open Church
Sun 23rd 9:15 am Holy Communion
11:00 am All-Age Service
6:00 pm River Service

Ebay camera search

Crazy as it may seem since embarking on this crazy course I cant keep away from eBay searching for cameras. I am not sure what to get next and I haven't even taken a picture with the Yahica yet. Am I sad? Or is this becoming OCD what do you think? I cant get out in this beautiful sunshine to try the camera. I have just read some setting on Cols blog Margate35mm and if I can get someone to push my wheelchair I might take some piccies today.


Vintage Mercedes and retro cameras a perfect mix

I aim to get up and see Ross at Saint Georges Garage in the next few days as he hopes to be servicing a 1960's Merc and I want to take some pictures of it. I know they are servicing new Mercedes all the time as well as modern Volkswagens and Audi's but I think a retro camera and older cars will work well. I hope I can arange a photo shoot, if not maybe I will try getting some shots of the used cars up there, noow they are in partnership with JCB car sales group they have hundreds of used cars available to sell and hold a large stock of pre owned cars on site so I am sure Ross and Bob wont mind me advertising the garage for them.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Light meter and film plus birthdays

Today is my birthday and friends turned up with some 120 colour film for my birthday present. They got it from Henrys in Margate High Street. I loaded it with help from Phil and a look at a website for Yashica 635 so we could load the film and a couple of Youtube clips. Well the film is loaded and ready to go but I have bid on a light meter on eBay and I think I will use one so I will wait for that to arrive which wont be long. Time for my Birthday celebrations so if I dont blog tomorrow you will know I have overdone the red wine.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Kids Camera's

My daughter has just been round sorting out what the grand children want for christmas and I am pleased they both want cameras. Not anything technical they are only five and two so it looks like spongebob and square pants for the eldest and a fisher price one for the two year old. The start early nowadays. That is where digital comes into its own as the boys can have fun taking pictures and it wont cost anything, plus it will get them more computer literate which can only be a good thing. I know this blog is about film cameras but digital is todays film for kids.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Kodak fears

I have just read in the amateur photographer magazine that Kodak may be in financial trouble! Kodak are struggling to find a place in the digital market place but still says it will continue to supply film 'as long as there is demand' I know over the years Kodak have been at the fore front of camera and film manufacture but can the survive on name alone?

Nothing New in Digital Camera's

I started this blog because of a discovery I made while looking at the "new CSC" compact system camera's. I discovered that the Olympus Pen range is more or less a rehashed 1959 design name made digital. This got me wondering what else I dont know about my new hobby. And then I decided to trawl through the internet and eBay too see what I could find out. Whilst I like the look of earlier bellows camera's I dont want to go to far back so decided nothing pre 1955 which was the year I was born. I love to see the old Brass and Teak Tropical cameras but I aint trying to reinvent the wheel just a bit of recent film History.

First I need some film

My new camera is just a useless lump without film. I know nothing about what kind I need so I phoned the local camera shop and to my surprise they have film in stock, so now I need to get into Margate. Who can I get to take me? I cant ask my wife Heather she has been unwell for the last three month and is unable to drive at the moment so I need help at the first hurdle. I should mention the camera shop is Henrys in Margate High Street. Margate tops the country when it comes to empty shops but Henrys have been in Margate or years and can be found at 52 High Street Margate Kent CT10 1LH  01843 221 355

Monday, 10 October 2011

Yashica B arrived today



The postman arrived with a special delivery today, the first of what I hope will be a long line of film camera's. I aim to buy old skool film camera's and put a film through them and let you see the results. So the first one I am trying is a Yashica B circa according to the ebay seller 1962. I know that the current craze for Lomo is the thing at the moment and the results are not the thing woth Lomo but I thought long and hard about buying a Russian Lubitel and read all the blogs and internet forums and then I read an article about Yashica's, The writer reconed they are on a par with Rolleicord's, how true that is I have no idea but given everyone else says the Lubitels of this world  are of dubious quality I plumped for the Japanese Yashica. I bid for it on Thursday night and it arrived this morning so damned quick, I haven't even been out to pick up any film yet.

Well having prised  it from the posties clutches I headed back upstairs on my stairlift (I am disabled and spend most of my time in a wheelchair) getting it unwrapped was easy compaired to releasing it from the ever ready leather case. But I finally worked out how to free it from the case and say it in all its retro beauty. I was surprised how heavy it is and how many dials and levers there are. SCARY STUFF. I will go and play now so see you all tomorrow unless I have more to report before then.