Film Camera gets a Makeover

Remember that Minolta Hi-Matic F I posted the other week?

Well, it doesn’t really look like that anymore.

If you’ve never heard of the company Ilott I highly suggest you check out that guy’s work. He refurbishes old film cameras and gives them new life with a new wood veneer cover instead of the faux-leather that’s on most old film cameras. If you’ve ever worked with veneer you should not it’s really not that hard to work with, and this guy refurbishes $30 cameras, services them, and put’s a veneer on them and charges $2000 for his work, even though it is magnificent, I wouldn’t say it’s worth all that.

So I decided I’d give it a little trial run on that Minolta I have and I think my results are pretty darn good for my first try.

I’d love to hear everyone’s comments and I’d really like to do a few more of these or maybe some custom orders once I get the hang of it.

Thanks again,

John Kirby

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In and Around my House – Roll 2

After a good amount of trouble shooting I figured out how to properly load this film, I feel like an idiot for not getting it originally, but with no further ado here are a selection of photos from my second roll of film.

– Fujifilm Superia 400

Most of these were taken in the woods behind my house except for the photo of the house across the from the street of our country club which I took from a moving car so I’m definitely going to go take a better one. I think there’s a lot of photography potential for that house.

I also bought a Pandigital 35mm scanner which I used to scan all of my negatives so I wouldn’t have to buy prints and then scan them. So it saves on money and I think the photo quality is a lot higher this way. Anyway I’ll probably do a full review on it later as well as of my cameras.

Thanks for checking it out,

John

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Thrift Shoppin’ – Minolta Hi-Matic F Rangefinder

Hello again,

Got lucky today. Whenever I get bored I’ll hit up the local thrift stores to see if I can find some cool clothes or whatever. In the back of one they had an old Minolta Rangefinder, a Hi-Matic F to be more exact. For the cheap price of $8 I gladly bought it. It’s in working condition but I need to get a new battery since you can’t really use mercury batteries anymore so I’ve got that on order.

The camera is real cool and has a really solid feel to it. It has a 38mm f2.7 Rokkor Lens so I’m pretty eager to use it. It’ll be a little easier to carry around when compared to the AE-1 and I’ve got a Canonet 28 that should come in the mail this week so it’ll be cool to see how they compare in photo quality and build.

Here’s some photos and whenever I get a battery in it I’ll be sure to post some photos taken by it:

 

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Backpacking the Linville Gorge – Roll 1

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So early Tuesday I called the Post Office and had them hold my package instead of delivering it so I’d have it for camping, the guy on the phone wasn’t too happy about it, but he held it so it was all good.¬†Camping went great all in all. The Linville Gorge, more specifically Shortoff, is a beautiful area and if you’re near the NC Appalachian Mountains I highly suggest you go for a day hike or backpacking there.

But on to the negatives and the real reason you’re all here, film photography. The camera came loaded with film when it arrived so I had no idea whether or not it was expired so I shot with that and a second roll of my own. I thought I knew how to load the film but apparently not, so I ended up not shooting anything on the second roll which is pretty depressing but at least I now know how to load film properly.

Most of the photos that I did get back came out overexposed or a little blurry. I’m having a tough time properly focusing the lens and getting a clear with the viewfinder. But I’ve posted a couple of the photos below. The quality on the scans is terrible especially on the first one from the trip, from now I’ll probably just get the scanned cd at Walgreens or I might invest in a new scanner.

 

Thanks for reading,

John

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Introduction

Hey Guys,

Little introduction here. So I’m John Kirby and I’m gonna be a sophomore at the University of South Carolina this year. Photography is something I’ve always been really interested in and I’ve had a Canon DSLR for a couple of years now. I recently just returned from studying abroad in Iceland and it really reignited my passion of photography after I had fallen away from it for well over a year now.

Like most teenage photographers with a nice DSLR I took a million photos, powering off shots at almost everything. But behind these photos there’s no meaning. They’re just photos with no contemplation or reason, only taken because I had a few gigs left on my memory card. In effort to get away from this I decided to invest in a couple of vintage film cameras.

After doing some research I ended up purchasing a Canon AE-1 SLR with an extra lenses and Canon Canonet 28 Rangefinder both for under a $100 and they should come in the mail this week or the next. I’m most excited to actually take time to compose my photos and get something that I’m going to be proud of once developed. This Tuesday my girlfriend and I are going camping in the Linville Gorge and I should have the AE-1 so it’s gonna be an awesome opportunity to get some great first photos with it.

With this blog I hope to document my progress and express my views on film photography as  a way to keep myself active in the art.

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Thanks guys,

John K.

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