Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Late March 2018 in the Beaches.

I love my new to me Minolta XD-11, that is all.

Camera: Minolta XD-11, MC Rokkor lenses.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

Lifeguard Hut Behind the Fence_

Kew Beach Shelter_

Pair of Seats Near the Water

Balmy Beach VIP Seating_

The Goof In Spring_

Stately Fourplex

Beacher Cafe Midweek_

Beach Fire Station in March

501 at Woodbine



Monday, April 16, 2018

Beaches Late March Part One

I got a chance to walk around in the Beaches a few weeks ago mid week, and a chance to test drive my new to me Minolta XD-11 (fabulous camera). Winter hasn't been kind to the neighbourhood. I noticed the neighbourhood stalwart Whitlocks closed, story goes it changed hands two years ago but the new owners didn't have a collective head for the restaraunt business. There are lots of empty storefronts courtesy some greedy local landlords and high municipal taxes, and in this part of the world, that's not going to change in the near future.


Camera: Minolta XD-11, MC Rokkor lenses.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

Mid Week Dog Walk

Beaches Side Walk

1966 and a half

Closed Whitlocks

Beaches Cottage_

Alone Between Two Trees_

Benches and almost empty Boardwalk

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New Camera: Minolta XD-11 and The Beaches Art Instalation

I always wanted a Minolta XD-11, this camera was part of the great engineering partnership between Minolta and Leica. If you look carefully, you can see the basic layout for the Leica R4, R5, R6 and R7. For longtime readers you know I borrowed my brother's Leica R4 and lenses, the XD-11 feels the exact same way in your hands. In fact some Minolta lenses were also used as Leica R lenses. The mount is different. What's sad is Leica R bodies are going for a song these days because everyone wants the R lenses on their full frame cameras.

Getting back to the XD-11, it is a very intuitive camera to use if you know your way around Minolta. My lens kit is mostly MC Rokkor, and since I'm not a shutter priority kind of guy, no big deal. Size wise, this camera is around the same size and weight of Nikon FM/FE having a just right feeling in our hands.

As you can see, I got the black one courtesy Burlington Camera, now I hope a chrome one crosses their path at some point.

I usually shoot the Beaches art installations over March Break, I wasn't house and dog sitting in the Beaches this year so I took a day off mid week and went into Toronto to photograph them before the end of March. One thing I did notice, all the installations were located at Woodbine Beach, further east construction crews were installing anti flooding measures around the lifeguard station and the boardwalk.

Camera: Minolta XD-11, MC Rokkor 50 f1.7 lens, MC Rokkor X- 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400.

My new to me Minolta XD-11

Beach Installation #1

Beach Installation #2

Beach Installation #2 Pinwheels_

Beach Installation #3 Maze by the Water

Beach Installation #4 Nest

Beach installation #4 Weave

Beach Piano

Beach installation #5 Horn

Beach installation #5 in the Background



Monday, April 09, 2018

Minolta MD Rokkor 28-85 3.5-4.5 zoom lens, some thoughts

I was gifted a MD Rokkor 28-85 3.5-4.5 zoom lens courtesy fellow Classic Camera Revival host Mike Bitaxi last year, and it's a really nice piece of glass. In terms of general purpose zoom, it dusts, Nikon and Canon's offerings in similar focal lengths.

Now I exposed a variety of focal lengths. I found I got some vignetting at 28mm which can be cropped out when framed loosely, other than that all the negative scans look fabulous. The Rokkor Files did an extensive write up on the MD Rokkor 28-85 3.5-4.5 zoom lens and were very impressed with the performance.

If you're looking for a nice walk around lens and you shoot Minolta manual focus, MD Rokkor 28-85 3.5-4.5 zoom lens is a great solution, especially for travel.


Camera: Minolta X-570, MD Rokkor 28-85 3.5-4.5 zoom lens,
Film: Fomapan 400, HC110 B.

Lakeshore Looking Towards 16 Mile Creek

Canadian Flag

Old oakville Waves

Heritage Cabin

Erchliss in March 2

Concrete Bullwinke

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Two Tests for the Price of One, Fomapan 400 and the MD Rokkor 28-85 f3.5-4.5 Zoom lens.

Fomapan Action 400 is a polarizing film, some people love it, others hate it. Personally, I don't get the hate on for this film. This post I'm going to talk about the film, next post, the other test, the MD Rokkor 28-85 3.5-4.5 zoom lens.

I had some experience in the past years ago with Fomapan 400 in 120 format and I was quite happy with the results. This time out I wanted to prove some friends wrong, Fomapan 400 is a decent film if you expose it right and have a decent processing flow. From my research I deduced I'm dealing with a true ISO of around 250 so set the meter to that and proceed accordingly. I processed in Kodak's HC110 developer in dillution B, and used Ilford's stop and Rapid Fix. The negatives dried flat which is great because this past winter both Kodak Tri-X and even Ilford's HP5 400 were cupping to some degree when drying.

The end results are below, a rather nice 1970s Kodak Tri-X look to the images. Yes there's grain but it is a pleasing grain. In short if Kentmere 400 isn't floating your boat in terms of a budget black and white film, give Fomapan 400 Action a shot.

Camera: Minolta X-570, MD Rokkor 28-85 F3.5-4.5 lens.
Film: Fomapan 400, HC110 B.

Stored Boats Around the Corner

Stairs Down to the Not there Docks

Four Chairs and a Large Flower Pot

OYS in Late March_

Orkney Isle Moored

Moored Pascol

Monday, April 02, 2018

Caledon on the Edge of Spring

Spring's arrival is a little bittersweet. Winter's done and I we got more light and it is starting to warm up. I also have to say goodbye to this year's ski season. It was fun, and I got my money's worth out of my Caledon Ski Club annual membership. On to new adventures.

Camera: Nikomat FTn, Nikkor O 35 f2 lens.
Film: Kodak Max 400

Slow Into Downtown Cheltanham_

Cheltanham General Store 2

Maclaren Side Road and Mclaughlin_

Top of Harold's Headstander

Getting off at the Top of the North Hill_

Top of Wortley's_

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Toronto in Sort of Spring

As I mentioned a few days ago, the calender says Spring, the windchill values say otherwise.

Camera: Nikon F Photomic Tn, Nikkor H 50 f2 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Walking out of Untion Station

Front just West of Bay St

Saturday at the Eaton Centre

Walking by Massey Hall_

Massey Hall Marquee


Monday, March 26, 2018

Toronto During the In Between Season

Winter ended but while it says spring in the calender, it sure doesn't feel like it.

I took out one of my first Nikon F's, a circa 1967 Photomic Tn, the meter head works, and it's still reasonably accurate from the CLA seven years ago.

Camera: Nikon F Photomic Tn, Nikkor H 50 2 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Rush Hour GO Train on Track Four

Late Afternoon York St. Traffic

Hiding Behind the Lamp Post

Leader Lane Cocktails_

Leader Lane_

Flatiron March 2018

Eastbound 504 on a Quiet King St

King St. East of Yonge St