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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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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Winait film scanner problems

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 about my Winait film scanner problems 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 […]

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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. Eumig Sound 31 XL Images 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 […]

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Winait 8mm film scanner first impressions

This is a short post which describes my initial impressions of the Winait 8mm film scanner which is used to convert 8mm home movie films into digital mp4 files. Update: I have had considerable problems with this unit which I’ve documented in this post. I would certainly not recommend anyone purchase one or any of the same machines made by Winait under different names. Why did I buy a Winait scanner? When I started thinking about the Found Film site about […]

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Moving found film from multisite to single site

This is a non-photography post about the process I used to move the Found-Film site from a WordPress multisite to single site install. Hopefully, this will be useful for anyone who needs to do a similar move at some point. Reasons why I moved from multisite to single site There were various reasons I moved from a multisite install to a single site install but many were driven by SEO. The found film site has been up and running for […]

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Upton House National trust property

The National Trust own houses and gardens all over the United Kingdom, and when we were recently on holiday in Oxfordshire we visited several of their properties. This short post is written to include some of the pictures I took at one of the visits we made – Upton House in Warwickshire. We were once again fortunate with the weather and had a nice, bright sunny day for our trip. After an uneventful journey and having parked the car, we […]

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Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco camera

The Agfa Karat series of cameras covered a wide variety of models from the initial release in 1936. I’ve covered a few different models on this site, but this model is the one that started the series – the Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco. Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Images My Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Camera This was a camera which I bought basically on impulse because it was a good price. I found it as a buy it […]

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More Fuji X-T1 pictures from Stowe

Last week, whilst we were away on holiday, I posted a picture that I’d taken at the Stowe National Trust property with my Fuji X-T1 and Samyang 12mm combination. Well, we are back from holiday and I’ve had time to sort through the rest of the images I took and I’ve included the best of my Fuji X-T1 pictures in this post. We were fortunate the the weather was very good for our day at Stowe, which meant many of […]

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Fuji X-T1 wide angle picture from Stowe

A few days ago we visited another National Trust property at Stowe in Buckingham and I used it as another opportunity to use my Fuji X-T1 and Samyang 12mm lens combination. Although I took many photos, I’ve not yet been through all of them and decided which I like best, but I thought this picture was one of my better ones as I reviewed it in the camera. It was taken across one of the lakes, looking at the House […]

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