Showing posts from November, 2017

Bloor St. and Points North

A few weeks ago I was up in in the Yonge/Bloor Area and points north on a Sunday morning. I was meeting up with my friend John Meadows for a shoot. The lighting of course is the endless grey skies we get from the middle of October to about May the following year. I shot with my Nikon FE2 with Rollei Retro 400S which gives me the contrast I need to get through polished cement skies.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai and Ais lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

Part Two with the Pentax ME Super (the $35 Special)

The ME Super is a pretty stealthy SLR, in fact, smaller than the Olympus OM2n it competed against. Like I said earlier, I scored this camera for $35, body only (I already owned the lens). The meter is spot on and the seals were good. This is going to be a regular in my briefcase for trips into the city and I can't take a full kit.

Camera: Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Fun with a $35 Camera in the City (Pentax ME Super)

On a whim a few months back I picked up a Pentax ME super off the classifieds on the Pentax Forums for the all low price of $35. I already have a couple of K mount bodies (a pair of KX's and an MX), it would cool to have an AE body in the line up. This is a fun camera to shoot with on AE, actually quite intuitive. Switching over the manual, you realize quickly there's a bit of a learning curve because, instead of a dial Pentax went with two buttons to control shutter speed. It is a no tears,  no regrets camera, I paid very little for it, works great for now but if something goes wrong, I'll be more pissed at losing the roll of film and not the camera.

Camera: Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Lime House Part Two

A day in the woods is soothing.....

Canon F-1, FD lenses.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Limehouse On, Part One

I have not been hiking all that much this year, thank you crappy Summer weather and a tender left knee. I've been out a few times this fall and I guess this is my "Fall Colours" hike. I like Limehouse Conservation Area, it has a lot of photography opportunities. I want to squeeze one more hike in before the snow flies, whether or not I will will all depend on the weather.

Also, I got my first generation Canon F-1 back from a CLA, I wanted to get rid of the shutter bounce at higher speeds, by and large it's gone. This camera was Canon's response to the Nikon F and early F2, it is a system camera and built like a tank, I wanted to try it out, normally I would roll with something lighter like an Olympus OM-1 or OM-2n if I'm on the trail. The F-1 is a fun camera to use, price wise they are all over the place depending on condition, and the seller.

Canon F-1, FD 50 f1.4 and 28 F2 SSC lenses.
Film: Kodak Portra 400.

Fall in Elora Part Two

Compared to the older AE-1, the Canon AE-1 Program is a joy to use, and more intuitive than the
A-1 which was the all bells and whistles prosumer camera in Canon's line up. Sometimes simpler is better. I really love the bright viewfinder and with the AE-1 Program, changing film speed is no longer an arthritis inducing exercise.

As for shooting on a less than wonderful day in the fall, Kodak Portra 400 rocks. It has super wide latitude, personally I over expose at around 200 ISO to get the saturated look you see here.

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program, FD lenses.  Film: Kodak Portra 400 

Fall in Elora

Back in mid October I went up to Elora with friends for the Fall Toronto Film Shooters meet up. We decided to head outside the GTA slightly for some fresh territory for some. I always like an excuse to head up to Elora for the day. For some shooting even if the weather was threatening rain. I also had a chance to try out a new camera.

I was gifted a black Canon AE-1 Program courtesy my friend Joe Folino, a Toronto area film photographer who runs groups on Flickr, Meet Up and Facebook. The camera was in great shaped but needed some serious lubrication as it was squealing like a pig, once that was sorted out, it was  joy to use

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program, FD lenses.
Film: Kodak Portra 400