Week 46 – Tweaking my Olympus 35RC

I have had my Olympus 35RC for quite a while but have been struggling to nail any focus when shooting wide open probably due to the very dim viewfinder patch. It was quite dim when I got the camera but my last couple of rolls have had a load of out of focus frames on…

Ilford XP2 Disposable

I have seen the Ilford black and white disposable (or “single-use”) cameras in a drug store for the past couple of years and wondered about them. Finally I bought one of the XP2 versions (the other contains HP5 Plus). This is nearly as simple as cameras come. It has a plastic 30mm f-9.5 lens and 1/100th…

A Very Difficult Roll

This post includes some difficult found images, as well as pictures of my own, from a roll of film bought partially exposed in a camera. I was quite disturbed to discover these images on the processed film. And this was made more difficult, for no rational reason, because they were on the same roll as…

Testing a Pentax Espio 120SW

Around the time I interrupted my posting regime here at 52 Rolls I found this sweet little camera and ran a roll of Agfa Vista 200 through. It is a little (and I mean little) point and shoot Pentax – the Espio 120SW. I knew of this camera from the excellent Film Advance blog where it is…

Surpising Canon Sure Shot 115u

  Last month I bought three point and shoot zoom film cameras – mostly because they had film in them, and working batteries. I expected very little from them, and as you can see from the Pentax Espio 738g that I previously wrote about (here), my expectations were not unreasonable. However, this Canon Sure Shot 115u…

Using a Pentax Espio 738G

This roll of film was a case of “using” rather than “testing” as I did not put the camera through its paces very thoroughly. I tend to shy away from zoom lens point and shoot film cameras. They have very slow lenses and usually not great optics as well, especially when zoomed. However, I came…

Testing a Bencini C.M.F. Erno

  Today’s post comes from a Bencini CMF Erno that I recently got with a bag of 35mm cameras. I have written a detailed illustrated post about this camera that has been published on my blog at the same time as this one, you can find it here. The Erno is a 6×9 120 film folder,…

Testing a Minolta AF-S

Today’s post for my 27th week includes frames from a couple of rolls of film used to test a Minolta AF-S. I picked it up for a few dollars in a thrift store and it turned out to not work as expected due to significant under exposure, but I have worked out how to use this camera if…

Week #28 Trying out the SX-70

I have always thought I’m not an instant film shooter. A while ago Monica gave me a Polaroid 600 One Step to try out, and it turned out to be more fun than I thought. I started looking for a Polaroid SX-70, which would give me more control on lighting and exposure. I posted about…

Week #12 Testing 3, 4

  Week 12 was the week in which I tested some cameras again. A while ago, while I was making pinhole shots, a man approached me and asked me what I was doing. We ended up having a conversation about photography, and he told me he had some gear at home. He diddn’t know what…

Week #11 Testing-1-2

  As you might have read in my post about week 10, I bought several cameras at the Fotografica Photo Fair. And those cameras need to be tested of course. In week 11 I tested one of the Olympus XAs and the Vivitar 35ES. I loaded some expired colour film from a drugstore chain (I…