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A Day in the Country with my Canon P Part One

I went up to Caledon for the morning to pay may annual dues at the Caledon Ski Club and it was a great excuse to get out and do some shooting. i packed my Cnaon P rangefinder and my last roll of Kodak Pro Image 100. 
This was a great combo, one camera, one lens and one roll of film. I like the Canon P, pity Canon rangefinders are starting to creep up in price because a Canon 7 would be nice to add to the collection/fleet. 
Camera: Canon P, Canon 50 F1.8 LTM lens.  Film: Kodak Pro Image 100. 

Rollleiflex and Agfa Portrait 160

Agfa Portrait 160 in 120 gives you a rather unique colour palette, you don't see from either Fuji or Kodak, this film was coated 18 years ago and expired in 2004. While the colours punch hard, I prefer the consistancy of Agfa Optima 100 from my expired film connection. Yeah your milage may vary but in reality, you should be shooting contemorary film stocks to keep the coating lines going. 
Camera: Rolleiflex 3.5 F Planar TLR  Film: Agfa Portrait 160 expired in 2004 and freezer stored. 

Rolleiflex and Ektar 100.

A Rolleiflex with a 75 f3.5 Zeiss Planar taking lens coupled with Kodak Etkar 100 is a mind blowing combination. I'm at a loss for words at how nice these turned out. Ektar 100 loves bright sunlight, so, that's what you give it. Save the Kodak Portra 400 or Fuji Pro 400H for cloudy days. 

Camera: Rolleiflex 3.5 F Planar TLR  Film: Kodak Ektar 100. 

Rolleiflex and Colour

Since I got my 3.5 F Planar Rolleiflex in a trade from fellow film photographerfrom the Niagara region Bryan Caporicci my 3.5 C Planar Rollei hasn't been used as much. I've owned this particular camera for 10 years and has been on several adventures, at first I thought it was an E series but the serial number told a different story. The 3.5C was the first Rolleiflex with an on board meter which was selenium powered. the reality is, if they are working at all would need a lot of calibration. In the end I just pack a hand held meter or go with my iPhone if I'm really stuck. 
The only thing I would like to change is replace the OEM focusing screen with an aftermarket Maxwell sceren which is done during an overhaul. Sadly here in Canada there aren't many options for people working on Rolleiflexes. Mine could use a tune up, it's on my agenda once the pandemic winds down.  In mean time the camera still works well, I just have to use it more often. 

Camera: Rolleiflex 3.5 C…

The Sleeper Late Production Minolta Manual Focus SLR, the X-570.

The X-570 was positioned as the slightly less expensive and stripped down version of the X-700. It only came with aperture priority, which ironically made it a favourite camera for in the know Minolta shooters in the 1980s. The X-570 didn't come with shutter priority or program mode but it did come with a better metering read out better suited to advanced amateur shooters. By the 1980s Minolta gave up trying to get into the professional market which was dominaed by Canon and Nikon.  
The X-570 like it's fuller featured brother the X-700 make great cameras for those just starting out for an expereinced shooter with an extensive Minolta Rokkor MC or MD set of lenses who want a lighter weight camera body for travel or hiking. I found taking this camera around Bronte Harbour here in Oakville I almost forget I have it  thanks to the extensive use of high quality and durable pastics. The big bonus I see with the X-570 over it's main competitor, the Canon AE-1 Program is the use o…