Showing posts from June, 2020

Mamiya C220f and Agfa Optima 100

What a magical combination Mamiya Sekor lenses, and freezer stored Agfa Optima 100 from almost 18 years ago. My Mamiya C220f is getting a fair bit of use this spring and I'm shooting more colour film now that C-41 processing at Burlington Camera is more accessible.  I've shot a bit of Agfa Optima 100 last Summer and was  in love with the film. A friend name Larry had chest freezer full of medium format Agfa colour film, his daughter made off with all the APX 100 and APX 400, that would have been fun to shoot with in a trip down memory lane. I never shot Agfa colour film when it was fresh so getting regular access to frozen inventory is a gift I'm not passing up. So far the film has been through my Rollei's but not the Mamiya so here we are. What I love is the colour palette is neither Kodak or Fuji, it is what one friend coined "very European" and I like it.  Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 F2.8 and 55 F4.5 Blue Dot lenses.  Film: Agfa Optima 100. 

Burlington Ontario on a Canon New F-1 and Lomography Berlin Kino 400

I haven't wandered around downtown Burlington since last year. My favourite camera store Burlington Camera reopened and after picking up some colour negatives that were processed I went for a little photo walk and Americano at Tamp Coffee on Brant St. Conpared to my stomping grounds of Southeast and Downtown Oakville, Burlington's downtown has a totally different vibe, and taking a good long look at this town it has a couple of decent pizza joints, two independent book stores (one new, another used),  Burlington Camera (no brainer) and a good craft brewery with two others not that far away in Hamilton next door. What's not to like?  I was shooting with one of my Canon New F-1's and Lomography Kino Berlin 400, the new formulation, which for those in the know is respooled ORWO N74 400 motion picture stock. I like this film better in 35mm than in 120 format, sounds heretical but I was fighting newton rings when scanning my results from the Texas Leica over March Break. Ber

Mamiya C220f and OG Fuji Neopan Acros 100.

I'm part of a new challenge and zine collaboration put together by Dan Novak, this time focusing on Twin lens reflex cameras and one particular film stock. The parameters are a little convoluted but I'm rolling with my Mamiya C220f and original production Fuji Neopan Acros 100. We have to come up with three rolls make contact sheets, then choose two photos for the zine from that. I have 18 rolls of OG Acros 100 left, I'm going to be whittling down to three for the purposes of this project. I plan to make a zine of my own from this combination and show up in my Blurb store at some point. What you will see here on my blog is my warm up work. The final results will only be in the TLR Challenge Zine.  Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 F2.8 blue dot lens. Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100, D76 1+1

Bloor West Village on Portra 400 and a Canon New F-1 AE

Picking up from my last post, I got my beer from Indie Ale House and got out of the Junction and made my way down to Bloor West Village, I love this part of Toronto, it reminds me a lot of Montreal West where I grew up, a lot of independent green grocers. I have noticed Max's Market moved down the street. Again it was a visit I wish I made pre pandemic. The sidewalks were busy and I figure about just over half the pedestrians going about their business were not wearing masks, and that put me on edge. I took the edge off with a gelato at Zaza's and made my way home. The Canon New F-1 AE handled Kodak Portra 400 nicely. I have to use my Canon pro-bodies more this year with colour film. Camera: Canon New F-1 AE, FDn 50 F 1.4 lens. Film: Kodak Portra 400