Fun with Analogue Cameras

Shoot Film Like There's No Tomorrow

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.

I've been inspired to shoot a lot of film lately, and I'm pleased to see that the film community is alive. I've recently acquired a Rolleiflex 2.8 and a Mamiya 645 Pro and I'm so in love with it. I've been shooting around Manila, Batangas and Caliraya but I must say now I'm craving for shooting more portraits of people. It's pretty much a frustration of mine and I want to truly learn the art of portrait photography. More of that soon.

The Mamiya 645 Pro is a joy to use but the price of film processing isn't quite easy on the pocket. I'm also thinking about finally investing on a film scanner.

 

M42 on M43

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.

So I've been having loads of fun with a little accessory for my digital camera. I've had more fun with the new lens compared to its pancake and kit lens. I would normally use lenses designed for the digital camera that I am using. But this lens really changed my perspective. It's lo-fi build, combined with a beautiful micro four thirds camera has yielded photos that I've always enjoyed from shooting film. So after shooting for a few days, I've suddenly thought of thinking more "analog" things I could do with my digital camera. So I started rummaging the old lenses I own. The guilt has been strong as I was unboxing some of my film cameras. I hope this new project would get me back to shooting more and more film.

So after reading up on lenses and their proper mounts, I got to purchasing one. A brilliant M42 mount to connect my old Pentacon 50mm 1.8 lens for my Panasonic Lumix GF3. I have been very giddy about it all day because I realized I've several more M42 lenses to use with the digital camera. This is an exciting addition to my digital/analog project. I will be posting photos soon!

Fujian Fun

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.

I have been so excited to try out the Fujian 35mm f1.7 lens. I did not even realize I've already spent 2 hours playing with it today. This little baby captures beautiful bokeh, almost like it was taken with a quirky analog camera. That 1.7 aperture is just unbeatable. I used a micro 4/3 mount for Lumix GF3 and it works excellent. I really just can't get enough of it! I will post more photos soon.


Hands-on with the Polaroid 104 and FP100C Film

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.
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I've always been hearing about 100 series pack film but I never got the opportunity to try it. I've read about the camera and peel-apart camera but I was just easily scared by it. It wasn't only 'til a few weeks back when I got some film packs and met a very patient Polaroid fanatic to introduce me to this very lovely format. It was actually quite a good fix and a great lesson about bellows and cameras from the 60s. The film is considerably cheaper too compared to the new releases from The Impossible Project, so really, it can't get any better than this.

The camera is a little difficult to find in Metro Manila but several collectors sell this for a very reasonable price.

The camera has this zone focusing system that takes a bit of practice. Fairly easy. Loading takes a bit of work too, making sure the rolling spool thing is clean.

The fun part would be pulling the first tab from the film and then the actual peel-apart image. You peel it off like a sticker after 2 minutes or so.

Pretty fun stuff all in all. It's quite funny how some of my aunts and relatives would see the camera and share their stories on how they've once seen and used this camera during their early years. A bit of nostalgia came from this conversational piece.

Anyway, my big thanks to Charlston Uytanlet for all the help! :)

DESCRIPTION FROM CAMERAPEDIA.COM

Polaroid Land Model 104 

Part of the series of Polaroid cameras that began with the Automatic Land Camera 100 and finishing at the Automatic Land Camera 450, this camera shares a common set of features with all models in this line:

Folding Bellows

Automatic Exposure

100-series Packfilm

The 104 was one of the earliest 'consumer' models of the 100-400 series line of folding Packfilm Land Cameras, similar to many other models; this model features a non-folding, Polaroid-designed zone focusing system and a 2 element plastic lens. 

The 104 was produced from 1965 until 1967.

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The Polaroid Wall and Camera Shelves

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.
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I try to remind myself not to allow my cameras sit around in a pile of junk. It kinda breaks my heart to think of such beautiful things just sitting on a corner and acquiring dust. So right now, I'm thinking of sprucing up my shelves and putting up a new polaroid wall for my bedroom and workspace.

So how do you guys display your film cameras and film photos? 

This link by buy120film.com has 10 inspiring ways to display your babies. 

The New Formula

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.

So I finally got to try the new PX 680 Color Protection film from a recent trip to Macau... I made sure to put my film pack on my hand carry luggage because you never know how much the big xray scanners will affect the film.

I am really digging the colors! Just simply the right saturation I had been craving for. The frames are clean, no blotches on the photos too. It took about 10 to 15 minutes for the image to fully come out, and colors became even better after that. Image begins as a washed bright blue. Initially, I thought the photos do not require shielding away from light, but the manual states that it is still best to cover it from light. My guess is that it is not as sensitive as the earlier kinds of Impossible Project film. Anyway, I just followed the stuff that's on the manual and surely it came out great!

I'm just really happy with the advancement in Polaroid film! It's here to stay. :)

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Welcome!

Added on by Jennifer Castillo.
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It has been quite an exciting November for the store with its launch and the new arrival of film packs from The Impossible Project. I have yet to test the new formula for their Color Protection series, but I will post as soon as I get to finish my first pack.

We've also restocked on cameras like Instax Mini Panda 7s and Polaroid cameras like Spectra and OneStep CloseUp. You can browse the collection here: INSTANT CAMERAS

I've also encountered some FP100C films and I'm planning on trying out a very old Polaroid Model with it. It's going to be my first attempt on a bellows. We'll see how that turns out.

Great month for Polaroid addiction. :)

Oh and the Multiply site is still up and running. Orders and inquiries can be made through the Multiply page or through our form here: ORDER AND INQUIRIES FORM