Author Topic: Have you been out with your camera today?  (Read 177744 times)

Salvatore

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Re: Have you been out with your camera today?
« Reply #1800 on: 10 February, 2021, 10:12:10 pm »
Yes, with my giant Fujifilm GW670 and a roll of outraged FP4 (best before some time in 1994). At least this time I took a light meter with a fresh battery, unlike last week. Goodness when I'll see the results, or what they'll look like.

This was probably the best of a bad batch - all underexposed. I don't think I'd fully taken account of the 'add a stop for each decade past its sell-by date' rule. Then again, that would have meant ISO 25-ish on a dull winter's day without a tripod.

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Re: Have you been out with your camera today?
« Reply #1801 on: 02 March, 2021, 12:17:25 pm »
Yesterday I went out with yet another old film camera, this time a Noblex 135U panoramic camera. For those unfamiliar with this beast, it uses 35mm film and each frame is 24mm x 66mm. The film is held against a circular frame, and when the shutter is released, a drum containing the lens and two slits 180° apart rotates in front of the film. One wider slit lets the light into the drum, while the smaller one, directly opposite, one acts like a focal plane shutter. The drum builds up speed for the first half of the rotation, then exposes for the 2nd half. The speed of the rotation depends on the 'shutter speed' - 1/500 takes 1/4 seconds and 1/30 takes 4 seconds. They appear to be available on ebay for £450 to £700. There's also a 120 version.

All very well, but mine had died (or so I thought) in about 2000 and been sitting in a cupboard ever since. Anyway, on Sunday I put some batteries  in to see what would happen and lo and behold! the frame counter LCD lit up with 00 and the 'ready' LED shone bright green. However, pressing the  shutter release had no effect. After several more tries I heard the motor trying its thing, but nothing moved. The drum was stuck fast. I tried to force it from the front and then from the back, but it was if it had been superglued. Eventually I succeeded in shifting it by pushing hard simultaneously at the front and back, but it still wouldn't rotate under its own steam. By 'encouraging' it round and pushing when it jammed, it became a little freer, and eventually rotated 360° - but only at 1/500 sec - I guess the greater momentum was pushing past whatever was causing the jam. I tried the same with 1/250 sec and got that working, then with ever lengthening speeds until I had the whole range of 1/30 to 1/500 working.

So yesterday I went out along the canal and used up a whole (nominal) 36-exposure film (or in this case actually 19 exposures). But because it's film I'll have to wait for the results.
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Re: Have you been out with your camera today?
« Reply #1802 on: 02 March, 2021, 12:23:41 pm »
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

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Re: Have you been out with your camera today?
« Reply #1803 on: 02 March, 2021, 01:14:49 pm »
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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Re: Have you been out with your camera today?
« Reply #1804 on: 02 March, 2021, 03:07:44 pm »

With knobs on.

It's in the vast grounds of Dogmersfield Hall, stately home, then school, then Amdahl HQ, now a posh hotel. Landscaping by the bloke you got in if you couldn't afford C. Brown.

 
British Library digitised image from page 62 of "Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. L.P" by British Library, on Flickr
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Re: Have you been out with your camera today?
« Reply #1805 on: 22 March, 2021, 10:05:35 am »
Today's theme for flickr's Macro Mondays group is "Rust". So yesterday afternoon I went out with my Olympus 60mm macro looking for suitable bits of barbed wire, fencing or anything else. Eventually I settled for this nut and bolt on the hinge of a farm gate.

 
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Re: Have you been out with your camera today?
« Reply #1806 on: 09 May, 2021, 05:16:16 pm »
10k dander with MrsT up to the Col du Wiep behind the village. Not that much to see - seen one tree, seen 'em all - but I got this shot looking out across the Plaine d'Alsace towards the Black Forest about 30k away.

But they never got to Carcassonne.