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Polaroids: 10 Years Expired

I found a pack of Polaroid 600 film the other day at Deseret, and having had no luck getting a vintage 1981 pack I found some time ago to work, I was only mildly hopeful that this pack, which expired in 2005 might actually work. I dug up my One Step Flash and tried it […]

Grandad’s Little Pony (135)

1971 Royal Sprite, built by Silver Seiko in Japan. Joe in his later civilian years, selling Skampers to Yankees. Grandad’s Kodak Pony 135 and a Gossen Pilot light meter (The Pony has *no* light metering) The Pony 135 is a simple, all-mechanical “zone focus” camera (the viewfinder has no focusing/rangefinding aids), made mostly of Bakelite […]

The Process

I needed to run a test film roll through the Canonet 28 on Saturday to test for light leaks and make sure the exposure was working right, and while I was at it, might as well shoot some 3D squigglies with the Nishika N8000 so I’d have 2 rolls to develop. That meant rolling up […]

Fun with the Anscoflex II Pseudo-TLR

The Anscoflex II seems to be a pretty popular “toy” TLR, due to the huge viewfinder and spiffy design.  Lots of reviews and posts in photo blogs: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ansco_Anscoflex https://sites.google.com/site/contraptionsinphoto/ansco-anscoflex-ii http://danielleruth.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/anscoflex-ii/ http://westfordcomp.com/foundfilm/anscoflex/ http://junkstorecameras.com/anscoflex.htm http://connealy.blogspot.com/2012/08/anscoflex-ii.html http://mwpfilm.blogspot.com/2011/03/anscoflex-ii.html http://phil-are-go.blogspot.com/2010/02/anscoflex-camera-hideously-beautiful.html http://shootfilmridesteel.com/?p=133 http://www.jollinger.com/photo/cam-coll/cameras/tlrs/23601_Anscoflex2.html http://malcolmchalmersphotography.weebly.com/2/post/2014/01/anscoflex-built-to-last.html http://tazmpictures.com/site/?p=2468 These pages review the Anscoflex II and mentions an interesting technique where you shoot pictures with […]

Caffenol-C/C-41 test #1 (success!)

Finally got my Paterson Universal developing tank in the mail today, and so I embarked upon developing my very first roll of film since about 1988. Just to make things interesting and cheap, I had prepared by obtaining 70 some-odd rolls of various C-41 process color print film that were well past their expiration date. […]

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