This was the first outing for the Ricoh 35FM, and I enjoyed photographing with it. I ended up with some good photos, but no really amazing ones. That was partially on purpose; I tend to avoid taking unique shots on a test roll, just because I’m not sure if anything will even come out. I should probably rethink my philosophy there…
Overall thoughts: This camera is very automatic, except for the focus and film speed. I might take it places where I’d be hesitant to take my Lomo LC-A (since it’s getting older and slightly fragile), but not if it involved very low-light situations. Indoors by a window = OK. Indoors by lamplight = not OK.
The last roll of film I took with this camera was back in 2005, and that test roll wasn’t terribly successful. This one was much more so, and I’ve decided that I do, in fact, like my Brownie Bullet.
Read on for more commentary and photos…
The last time I used this camera was 2007 — this roll came out a lot better than that one did. I’m not sure what’s up with the tobacco tint, but perhaps the negative sleeves I got at Goodwill didn’t come from a non-smoking home.
More photos and camera observations below…
In November and December 2010, I finally tried out a test roll in my new-to-me Kodak Brownie Starmatic. Overall, I think it creates unique (and very mid-century) photos, but it’s not necessarily my favorite.
Read on for more details (and more test photos)…
Next roll, I’m going to use the half-frame setting instead of the square setting, and I’ll try to take more shots in brighter light. Not sure what I think of the trademark “dreamy focus,” but I do think I like my new little camera.
The test roll for my new Pentax Auto 110 was a rousing success!
(The pork buns were delicious, too.)
More test photos after the jump…
[Taken 22 May 2010 | Holgamod | f/sunny (~f/11) | ISO 160]
This was one of my favorite shots from the recent Holgamod test roll. Aaron bought me my modified Holga for Christmas, and I never got around to testing it until last weekend. I expect that I’ll post in depth about it once I get another roll or two through it, just to get a feel for its little quirks and sweet spots.
I got my film developed locally, at Taylor Photo, as I’ve had
one two too many rolls of film lost in the mail from mail-order shops online. The owner is a friendly and personable guy who knows photography (and also develops black and white!).
Once I get some anti-Newton ring glass for my scanner, I’ll save money by paying for processing only — no prints. Even with paying for prints, though, it’s likely that I’ll be burning through my stash of freezer-stored film a lot quicker than I’d expected.
I was recently cataloguing my camera collection, figuring out which ones I like to use in various situations and which ones hadn’t even been tested yet. (For the record, I currently own 16 film cameras and two digitals.) Some of them I was unsure of, so I scanned my blog for reference — and, oddly enough, there was one camera that I had mentioned acquiring and finishing a test roll with, but never posted any photos from.
Long story short, I managed to unearth the test prints from the disaster that is the area beside my desk, and am now posting a test roll two years tardy.
The good news is that the Spartus Full-Vue works and takes some decent photos. The bad news: a.) The long-exposure toggle is in an unfortunate spot versus the shutter release, and b.) It’s a bitch to get 120 black and white film developed anymore.