Monday, April 30, 2018

April in Colour Part Two

It has been a rather cool month but you can find colour if you know where to look.


Camera: Canon Populaire (P), Canon 50 f1.8 LTM lens.
Film: Kodak Max 400

Yonge Line 1 Out in the Open

Yonge and Crescent _

Northbound Train in the Rosdale Subway Station

HNR Building

Dundas Looking East at the Imperial

The Senator Restaurant In Colour

The Senator Restaurant Mural Holding Up Well

In Front of Massey Hall  Two

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April in Colour

It has been a cool and damp month so far. I was in Toronto for a Saturday lunch date midtown with a woman I met on Ok Cupid, she was smart, nice but not a match, a story for another time. I made a day of it and did some photography both downtown and up in Rosedale.

The camera of choice was my Canon Populaire, the P, a 35mm Leica Screw Mount rangefinder from the late 1950s. I bought it off fellow Classic Camera Revival host John Meadows. I sold the Canon Serenar lens back to him and then went on the hunt for a younger mid to late 1960s Canon 50 f1.8 lens. This was my first time shooting this piece of glass and I shot colour film, in this case from my stash of expired Kodak Max 400.

The Canon 50 f1.8 LTM lens loves colour film. The skies were a mix of sun and cloud, very changable. This is a killer combination of lens, camera and film, if anoyone is in the market for a budget 35mm rangefinder and don't want to go with a former Soviet camera, give the Canon P a look.

Ok, I know you want to know why the date went nowhere, she wasn't into winter, I ski every weekend, it's a big thing for me, as much as photography. So there you have it.


Camera: Canon P (Populaire), Canon 50 f1.8 LTM lens.
Film: Kodak Max 400.

514 at Yonge and Queen

Mixture of Vintage and Modern at Yonge and Richmond

Saturday Walk on Yonge St

Walking Past Dineen Coffee Co

Deloitte Patio _

Middle of Yonge St

How Much for the Keg in the Window?_


Monday, April 23, 2018

Square Crop Toronto

I need to shoot medium format more often. It hasn't been much of a spring here in Toronto so far, I ran with Kodak Tri-X pushed to 1600 to deal with the gloomy lighting. That said, sometimes shooting in the rain is great for the photos you do get.

Now I love shooting inside Brookfield Place and the walkway between Saks Fifth Avenue and The Eaton Centre. I shot it last fall on pushed Tri-x in 35mm, of course I had to re-shoot in 120 and it sings.



Camera: Rolleicord Vb, 75 f3.5 Schneider Xenar Lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600, processed in Xtol stock.

Along the Great Walkway

Late Afternoon York St. Before the Rush

Union Station Rain Shelter One

Raining in Front of Union Station

Rain Dance at York St

Brookfield Place on Saturday

Between Saks and the Eaton Centre Going North

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