Voigtlander Bessa f/7.7 folding camera

This is a look at a Voigtlander Bessa folding camera which was made in about 1930-34 and takes 8 large negatives on a roll of 120 format film. My Voigtlander Bessa camera This camera was another eBay purchase although it was a little bit of a blind purchase because the seller described the camera simply as ‘old camera’ and only included two pictures of if. Since both the pictures were fuzzy and indistinct, I couldn’t really make out what the […]

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Butcher’s Watch Pocket Carbine No 4 camera

This post looks at a medium format folding camera which was made sometime around the time of the first world war – the Butcher’s Watch Pocket Carbine. My Butcher’s Watch Pocket Carbine camera I bought this camera from eBay and was mostly driven to make the purchase by the name, which intrigued me. I could understand why the camera had the Watch Pocket part of the name – presumably it is small enough to fit in a watch pocket (although […]

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Nagel Vollenda folding camera

This is a pictorial post about the Nagel Vollenda folding camera which was made by Dr. August Nagel in, probably, the 1930s. My Nagel Vollenda camera I picked this camera up from eBay uk for a total of £15 including postage. I initially became interested in it simply because it is a folding camera and I wanted to increase the ‘folders’ section of my collection. However, once I looked at the pictures of it on the sellers ad, one factor […]

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Some samples with an E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm lens on Fuji X-T1

The E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm f/2.9 lens was one of a number of standard lenses supplied on several different cameras made in East Germany in the post war years. In this article, I’m going to show a few examples of the sort of performance you can expect with this lens when fitted to a modern mirrorless camera, the Fuji X-T1. My copy of the lens is fitted with an Exakta bayonet mount, and I used a simple Exakta to Fuji […]

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I’ve moved simonhawketts.com to self-hosting

Any regular reader of this blog will possibly notice that it has a different look today. That is because, after thinking about it on and off for a couple of years, this morning I took the plunge and moved my site from wordpress.com to a self-hosted site. If your dns settings have updated, you will see this post in the style of the new blog here on the left; if they haven’t you have a small amount of time left […]

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Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair

A few weeks ago I bought an Agfa Karat Art Deco camera with a few faults, and this post is an update on the steps I took to try to restore it to a fully working condition. There were several faults with the camera, but the first and probably the easiest to fix was the film advance, so this post deals with the Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair. I’ve worked on the film advance of the Karat series of […]

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Fancy a challenge?

The Found-Film site is now coming up to a year old, and I’ve got into a routine of adding new photos most days to make sure there is always fresh content on the site. As the months have passed, I’ve noticed that both my approach to the pictures I post and my thoughts as to the purpose of the site have changed. Initially, when I first thought about starting the site it was as a way of showing pictures I’d found on film discovered in my vintage […]

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The “Boy’s book of Photography” review.

I’ve written many posts about vintage cameras on this site, but this is something a little bit different – it’s a review of a book – the Boy’s book of Photography. This was a book I owned many years ago and was, in fact, the first book I owned on Photography when I was – well, a boy. Actually, I guess ‘review’ is the wrong word – it’s more an appreciation of a book which got me interested in photography, […]

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Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera – part 1

This is a look at the Nikon Coolpix 995 camera which was introduced by Nikon in about 2001. It follows the design of other Coolpix cameras in that the optical unit is separate from the display unit, making it possible to hold the body at an angle where the screen is easily seen while the lens is pointing at the subject. In effect, this was an early attempt to solve the problem which is currently solved with an articulating screen. […]

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A warning to any future Winait film scanner customer

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Winait 8mm scanner which I purchased with the aim of adding videos to the Found Film site and I followed it up with a post about the problems I’ve had with it. Well, this follow up post is a warning to anyone who is considering buying one – before you do, understand the conditions under which you buy it. The video above shows the fault condition I have with my […]

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Say hello to Freddy

I wanted to introduce everyone to a new member of our family who will probably be the subject of many photos over the next few years. His name is Freddy and he is a 6 week old Cockapoo puppy who we visited for the second time today and is going to be joining us permanently in two weeks time. We decided a few months ago that it would be a good idea to have a family pet and it didn’t […]

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Limited time to do anything at the moment

Anyone who reads this blog regularly (and I’m happy to say there are a few that fit that category) will have probably noticed that my frequency of posting has been severely curtailed over the last few weeks. This is due to a number of factors: Very busy at work which means I’ve been working longer hours than usual No new vintage cameras to work on 🙁 Several problems with the found-film site to deal with. Unfortunately (or possibly fortunately) the […]

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Some problems with the Winait 8mm film scanner

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a new 8mm film scanner I’d bought as a birthday present from Amazon. The unit was made by a company called Winait in China and at first everything was good with it, but unfortunately, things have not gone well after the initial use. Problems with the Winait 8mm film scanner Update: Please read the update about the problems I’ve had with this unit here. In my initial post, I’d used […]

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Eumig Sound 31 XL Super 8mm cine camera

This is a descriptive review of the Eumig Sound 31 XL Super 8mm sound cine camera, which is a battery powered camera which takes super 8 mm cartridge film and is equipped with a 8.5 to 24mm zoom lens. My Eumig Sound 31 XL Camera I bought this camera for £5 in an ebay sale because I had the idea of attempting to recreate some of the 8mm films my father used to take when my Brother, Sister and I were […]

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