Apr 19 2016

Bike Lame Ahead! (Two Walkie Sets)

Category: Daily Drivel,Leica Monkeys,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 12:39

Finished editing the test set of Ilford HP5 black and white film, about half of which was shot on a walk with Rita back on April 2nd. Still not 100% sure on editing of this film yet but I am liking the results. It will definitely be one option for replacing the XP2 Super that takes color film processing. I am also posting the set of Rita’s that I put up on Facebook at the time, as the FB stuff is smaller scale, and almost impossible to refer back to (due to typical FB suckyness). My black and white film set is POSTED HERE.

The higher resolution set of Rita’s M240 shots from that day are POSTED HERE.

Apr 14 2016

Tacoma B&W

Category: Blad the Impaler,Daily Drivel,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 11:29

Wasn’t satisfied with the TriX batch from the Hassy, so I ran a couple of rolls of Ilford XP2 Super through. I liked the results a lot better. A set with some of those test shots is POSTED HERE.

Apr 13 2016

Color Film of Tacoma

Category: Daily Drivel,Leica Monkeys,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 22:15

A few more from the 1949 Leica IIIc with 1950 50mm F/2 lens. Small set POSTED HERE.

Apr 13 2016

Steve and Diane Visit

A small set from Steve and Diane’s visit in March. Took the old 1949 Leica IIIc camera with the 1950 lens loaded with Ektar color film. My favorite is the one below. The set is POSTED HERE.

Mar 08 2016

Testing XP2 Super with an Orange Filter

Category: Daily Drivel,Leica Monkeys,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 15:46

Some more black and white from a couple of weeks ago around tacoma. These are from my M6 with the 28mm Elmarit lens and an Orange filter for better contrast. The start of the set are from a really, really rainy day, so you can feel see what our winter has been like. I think the Orange filter was a great help, as the skies seem much more dynamic with it. The set is POSTED HERE.

Mar 01 2016

Film Test from a Hasselblad 500 C/M

Category: Daily Drivel,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 17:56

Picked this up hoping for a really good 6X6 square format film camera. It has a Zeiss 80mm Planar F/2.8 lens. These are just test rolls (results from two) of TriX film. The results are POSTED HERE.

Jan 22 2016

Kodak Retina IIIc

Category: Daily Drivel,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 16:15

This is another mid 1950s Kodak rangefinder. This one is a really cool folding version. It had some issues with the shutter, but after it got going seemed fine. The way the lenses work on these, the front element is interchangeable so access to the shutter is easy, and it should be no problem cleaning up any stickiness if needed. I really liked the camera and loved the set I got out of it. This was also shot on Ilford XP2 Super. The film has a really different look for black and white. The set is POSTED HERE.

Jan 22 2016

Kodak Retina IIIs Test

Category: Daily Drivel,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 15:58

This is a set from a mid 1950s Kodak 35mm rangefinder I bought at an antique show in Puyallup late last year. I shot a roll of Ilford XP2 Super black and white film down by the glass museum on the waterfront in Tacoma. There are shots through 3 different lenses in here. The standard 50mm, a 35mm wide angle, and a 135mm telephoto lens. Everything seemed OK, but I think there were some issues with rangefinder alignment on the longer lens. I will have to run a more controlled test to be sure. This was just a quick 30 minutes running film through to see if it operated. Now that I know it works, the glass is good, it will be worth seeing if the other issues are solvable. By the way, the light was great when I shot these rolls. I shot this roll, the color set from the Isolate that I just posted, and one more from another Kadak camera (that’s coming in a bit) all in just about an hour when there was a brief spell of really nice light. The set from the Retina IIIs is POSTED HERE.

Jan 22 2016

Agfa Isolette III Camera Test

Category: Daily Drivel,The Undead (Film Is Not Dead)Randall Kelley @ 15:36

I have a small set of shots taken on an early 1950s folding 120 film camera. I bought this camera at an antique mall in Ohio this fall and finally got around to testing it. I picked this one up because it’s a fraternal twin to the camera my dad gave me that I learned photography on. I still have that camera (I included a picture of these cameras in the set). It’s shutter had jammed and the bellows were bad, along with the rangefinder mechanism being jammed up. The “new” twin I bought has the same problem with the rangefinder, but the shutter and bellows seemed OK so I decided to try it. The roll of film I ran through it was Ektar color film, thought I shot it at 200 ISO as I was under the impression I had pulled out a roll of TriX black and white. Needless to say when I saw the color of the files I was surprised. But pleasantly, as apparently shooting Ektar at 200 gave me fantastic colors. I will be trying that experiment again soon. The results of the camera test weren’t optimal. The bellows must have a slight leak as there is a flaw in some of the shots, but the lens and shutter performed well. I will have to decide if repairs are in order, to not, as they are not rare and the price was really low, so unless I really want to get one in perfect working order, I have no real need to repair it. The set was all shot on the Tacoma waterfront, and it’s POSTED HERE.

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