Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Cheap Ass Camera Post

There's a story here, one thing about shooting film aside from everyone else thinking you're eccentric for not shooting digital, you get old camera gear gifted to you. This camera cost me nothing. My friend and fellow Classic Camera Revival Podcast host James Lee, gave me the late production new in box  Minolta MD 50 f1.7 lens back in December 2016 during a recording session. I had a X-700 but I gave that to my brother Alex a few years back, and I wanted another one. Well doing further research I decided I wanted the X-570 instead. Fast forward a few months my friend Bill Dimmick came up to me after an Oakville Camera Club meeting and asked if I wanted his Dad's Minolta X-570. Bill and his wife were cleaning house to put it on the market and move north into the Kawarthas.  I now I have my late production Minolta kit.

The X-570 is an interesting camera, by the 1980s Minolta gave up any pretensions of going after the Pro market that Canon and Nikon have pretty much cornered and focused on the advanced amateur and what I call the non-photography consumer who just wanted to document life moments. Canon with the A-1 and AE-1 program wanted to turn the SLR into a point and shoot that would take all the fussiness away. Minolta countered with the X-700, which sold really well. The X-570 came out and was only made for a few short years in the 1980s as a midline camera. Thing is, advanced photographers in the Minolta realm loved it, the X-570 was the better camera than the X-700 because it was just aperture priority and manual modes, that's it.

I want to thank James and Bill for your generous gifts, the results from both are below.

Camera: Minolta X-570, MD 50 f1.7 Lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

My Minolta X-570

Train on Track 4 in Oakville

Wet Afternoon at the Oakville Go Station

West End of Platform 25

Front Street Looking Towards the Federal Building

Evening Migration on the West Side of Bay St

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Fun with Agfa Vista 400


I think this film likes Nikon gear more than Canon comparing what I got a few weeks ago in the Beaches to this. Also, I figured out how to best shoot the Gooderham and Worts Flatiron, with a 105 or 135 telephoto lens from down the street. I have not used this film for portraiture so I can't comment on skin tones, that's the make or break for any colour film. That said this emulsion rocks for urban photography. 

Camera: Nikkormat EL, Nikkor O 35 f2 lens, Nikkor N 24 f2.8 lens and Nikkor P 105 f2.5 lens. 
Film: Agfa Vista 400


St. James Cathedral Detail

St. James Cathedral Spire

Inside the Market

Inside the Market Two

Market St. Two

Flatiron Saturday Afternoon

After Work is Guinness Time

Irish Pub on Side Street

Beer is the Answer

Thursday, April 13, 2017

More Lomography F-Squared 400 Goodness

Ok, since it's pretty much an open secret that F-Squared 400 is nothing more the Ferrania Solaris 400 kept in an industrial freezer for almost a decade. I love how the colours just pop when exposed around 200 ISO. What we really need is the good folks at Film Ferrania to do a massive run of fresh Solaris 400, and get it into retail channels the world over. I know it will sell, and sell well.

Camera: Nikkormat EL, Nikkor O 35 f2 lens.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400

Richard Bigley

Queen and Sherbourne_

Purple Art

Adelaide Further East

King and Sherbourne

Wrapped King Car Headed East

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lomography F Squared 400 Review Part One

Back towards the end of Feburary I noticed Lomography put on the market Italian film stock aged like a fine wine on their site. See past the cute copy you know they are cutting down from a master roll of Ferrania Solaris 400. I put an order for ten rolls and waited for the order to creep through Lomography's supply chain. At the same time I put an order in for 20 rolls of expired Efke 100 from a Croatian seller and a local friend warned me Canada Border Services is baking incoming International packages with X-rays looking for contraband. Yes scare the shit out of me, the last thing I want is a couple hundred dollars of ruined film on my hands. I'll talk about Efke 100 in an upcoming blog post.

As you see the test roll turned out nicely. As per my usual practice of deliberately over exposing 400 ISO C-41 film down to about 200 ISO, I got colours that pop, and oddly enough, no colour correction was needed in post. Now Lomography F Squared 400 is a grainy film. If you're looking for smooth perfection, this ain't it. I think this excels with urbran streetscapes.

Now if you're looking to grab some Lomography F Squared 400, you're out of luck, it's out of stock, and I don't know if there is any more out there.

Camera: Nikkormat EL, Nikkormat O 35 f2 lens.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400 (Ferrania Solaris 400 circa 2010)

Lomography F Squared 400

Brookfield Place Atrium on Saturday

Flatiron Mural and Benches

April Flatiron One

Tom Jones and PJ O'Brien

PJ O'Brien in Colour_

Colbourne St. in Colour

Toronto St. in Colour

Adelaide and Victoria _

Big Ass Hole in the Ground

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Upper Beaches

I never explored the Upper Beaches. I finally made it up and explored Gerrard west of Woodbine with my friend John Meadows, it was a good walk and a change from wandering the boardwalk by the lake.


Canon EF, FD Lenses.
Film: Kentmere 100, Rodinal 1+50

Crosswalks at Kingston Rd. and Woodbine

Upper Beach Residential Architecture

Gerrard and Woobine

Gerrard Looking West

Crossing Gerrard_

South Side of Gerrard_

Passing 506 Street Cars

Looking Up Gerrard East

Street Car Tracks on Gerrard

Crossing Coxwell at Gerrard


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Eastern End of the Beaches

I shot a fair bit of Kentmere 100 over the past year, and it took me a while to figure this film out. I found the best developer for me is Rodinal 1+50 dilution to make it look fabulous. The best part it's reasonably cheap, and being made by Ilford Photo, you know the quality control will be there. I shot this over the sunny days on March Break in Toronto's Beaches neighbourhood and I never get tired shooting around here.


Camera: Canon EF, FD lenses.
Film: Kentmere 100, Rodinal 1+50

Still Not Quite Sure with This Installation


Plastic and Wire Beast

Jogging Towards the Balmy Beach Club

Yet Even More Ice Covered Rocks

From the East End of he Beaches Looking West

Art Deco Doors To Water

Two Roads on the RC Harris Water Treatment Plant

East End of the 501 Street Car Line

My Usual View of the Goof Sign

Beacher Cafe in the Sun