On the way home from yet another wedding, Helen and i stopped off in York to have a look round and share a £22 afternoon tea.
York has some great shops and cafes, plus the Minster is very impressive.
I left the Nikon in the Mini and loaded the Olympus [mju:]-2 with an AGFA APX100.
Tram Sunday is Fleetwood’s biggest day of the year. The high street is shut off and filled with classic cars, kids rides, fun fair stalls and of course, trams. Though this year I only saw two.
The Nikon L35AF2 was loaded with AGFA APX100
The National Media Museum, Bradford.
I first visited this museum in 1998 on a freshers week ‘getting to know everyone’ trip with college.
Although the layout has changed considerably since then, the exhibits remain mostly the same.
There are areas dedicated to photography, television, animation, video games and an Imax cinema.
The photography area is sponsored by kodak, so naturally contains lots of kodak cameras and memorabilia. There are also displays of Daguerreotype plates and equipment, and a ‘cameras through the ages’ area, personally I found this a little lacking, there are camera stores in London that have a larger array of photographic equipment.
The TV area had interesting exhibits of tv and video equipment and a mock newsroom and blue-screen studio to lark about in.
The animation area was my favourite. It is home to a great collection of puppets from Aardman Animations, plus some characters from my youth.
If you are in the Bradford area the National Media Museum is worth a visit.
I borrowed Helen’s Sony NEX-5 for the afternoon.
After visiting friends up north, Helen and I stopped off in Cambridge on the way home.
I loaded the battered, bargain Nikon FM with a roll of Agfa APX100 and hit the tourist trail.
The 35mm Nikkor-S 2.8 is the only Nikon lens I have now, which is just as well, as it has permanently attached itself to the FM, which is odd.
We had a lovely afternoon and I enjoyed exploring somewhere new with a great camera.
The Olympus XA3
Unfortunately, this is another charity shop dud. The shutter fired when I tried it in the shop, but when I loaded a film it no longer functioned, which is a shame.
I’ve had an XA before, the XA2, this is its replacement, they are exactly the same apart from the addition of DX coding on the newer model. My father had an XA2 when I was little, so they have a nostalgic bonus for me.
These little cameras sometimes get compared to the Lomo LC-A, Lomography’s original camera. The lens on these XA’s is sharp and contrasty, and can offer similar results to the LC-A. The Olympus’ can be found much cheaper though.
A few things annoy me about these cameras. The clam shell cover can often be awkward to open, needing both hands. The zone focus (XA1-2-3, The original XA had rangefinder focusing) is reset to the middle position every time the cover is closed. I also dislike the touch sensitive shutter button.
They often come complete with a little dedicated flash, A11, with bolts on to the side.
If you want a tiny 35mm point and shoot with a good lens and can’t afford a LC-A, and the far superior [mju:] models aren’t retro enough for you, then the XA’s are worth looking at. Just make sure you buy one that works.
This is the Canon AF35M
It is a auto focus point and shoot camera made by Canon in the early 1980′s
It is obviously a direct competitor to the now cult classic Nikon L35AF
I bought this from a local charity shop for £4 and was interested to see if the 38mm Canon 2.8 lens was as good as the 35mm 2.8 on my Nikon L35AF2
Sadly though, it wasn’t to be, after half a roll of film the Canon jammed up and ceased to function, which is a shame.
Would anyone like to buy a retro 1980′s Canon paper weight?
2004 was a very creative year for me, I did some of my best photography that year.
That year saw me purchase a DSLR, I also did a lot of medium format work that year.
The digital work was done with a 6mp Nikon D100, which i paid £1200 for! Images were edited on a Uni eMac or my home Windows XP pc.
The medium format stuff was done on a Uni Bronica SQAi with standard 80mm lens.
They kindly let me borrow one for the summer, which is when i did this shoot in a semi abandoned multi-storey car-park in Blackpool, UK.
I shot 3 rolls of Fuji slide film, Provia 100 if memory serves me right. I also had a Manfrotto tripod and Sekonic light meter.
Rescanned this year with my Epson Perfection V500 PHOTO and edited with Adobe Lightroom 4.
A nice little junk sale classic for you today
The Kodak Instamatic 33 is a fixed focus point and shoot camera.
It was made between 1968 – 1973.
This particular one was made in England at the end of the 1960s, as you can see from the original receipt which was still in the box.
It only has 2 exposure settings, sunny or not sunny.
It takes the now long defunct 126 cartridge film. This one came with a film, obviously long expired. You can get the films online but it will be hard to find someone to process them for you.
It came complete with its original presentation box, which sits handsomely on my bookshelf.
A fun bit of photography history. I imagine many family holidays in the 1970s featured one of these little gems.
Last month my niece Phoebe and I went on a day trip to Camden Market in London.
Phoebe had a great time and bought lots of teenage girl stuff, I took photos and bought records.
(to see the records I bought, check out my other blog: http://dbsvinylblog.wordpress.com/)
We had a great day out and the Fuji Instax performed brilliantly, despite the awful weather.
All 10 shots came out great. Here is the entire box:
This is my Lomo Diana Mini
I bought it 5 years ago from the Lomography store in London (there was only one then)
It is a 35mm Diana camera, all plastic construction and two frame sizes. Square format or half frame. With half frame you get 72 photos on a 36 exp film, 2 on each frame.
In 2008 I went to Southend and purposely shot frames that would look good together on the original 35mm frame. This is a Diana Mini Mission.
Unfortunately, my little Diana has been sat on my shelf for a couple of years, I will try to get her out sometime this summer.