The focus is SO hit and miss with this little camera, but I guess that fits with the timeless quality… 🙂
This is the little beauty:
As you can see, with the sieve-like memory I possess, the only way to remember a) that it is loaded and b) what with, is to stick the end of the box on the back of the body. So, today I shot the last frame of the 12 on a roll of Ilford FP4+ That, in itself, is not thoroughly straightforward since this little camera takes 620 film, which is now pretty much extinct (please, please correct me if I’m wrong!), so it is loaded with 120 film. The plastic spool is trimmed back right up to the beginning of the backing paper roll and then the top and bottom are sanded down to within an inch of their lives. And only then will it fit. Just. Added to which this particular model had difficulties getting past the 10th frame on the two occasions I used it last – years ago – but a small metal washer kindly donated by ‘Imself fixed that problem. I got all the way to the 12th frame.
So tonight, after mixing fresh chemicals and fiddling and fiddling in a dark bag to spool it and get it into the developing tank, with baited breath I developed it.
And look, it worked!
The main issue is usually being a really very poor judge of distance for the rather basic focusing. Keep everything crossed for me! 🙂
(I’m now hatching a plot to stick 35mm film to the backing paper and run a few frames of that through it… *squeee*)
In the long and pleasurable meander down Memory Lane yesterday, it wasn’t just funnies I found.
I discovered photographs of Norfolk rape fields (Lomo Lubitel II):
Pottergate. the streets of Norwich I once roamed (Lomo Lubitel II):
More pictures of Norwich (Comet Bencini iiS on Rollei 80s 127 film):
I found memories of beautiful walks along Norfolk Broads, and crumbling stone discoveries (Canon AE-1):
But enough looking back!
Time to create new memories, in a new place, with the same beautiful old cameras.
And maybe one or two ‘new’ ones, too 🙂
I mean, it’s rather a wonderful picture, taken with a very old Lomo Lubitel II on Ilford XP2 Super and home – developed in our kitchen. But it’s a good year and a half since it was shot, and the film sat, forgotten, in a cupboard. This is one of only two shots left on the roll that are remotely discernible.
This is Bert. You have to count to three, but take the picture on two, or else he pulls a daft face. He’s almost there on this one 🙂
And the splendid pile in the background is Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. An amazing place, right on the sea.
Develop film straight away! Lesson learned…
Another from the roll of Ilford FP4+ I put through my Halina A1 at the weekend.
I adore TLRs. I love everything about them. I think they’re stunning looking, the viewfinder is like observing life via a dreamy film reel, they’re simple to use. And I even love the way attempting to frame the shot with a relatively straight horizon has me dancing like a loon and leaves me feeling a bit seasick 😊
This shot was an experiment.
And I like it!