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 pictures I took and I’ve included the best ones in this post. We were fortunate the the weather was very good for our day at Stowe, which meant many of the pictures had nice, […]

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Tattershall castle in Lincolnshire

A couple of days ago we went to the National Trust’s Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire while they had a battle re-enactment and I used it as an opportunity to take pictures with both my Fuji X-T1 mirror-less and Pentax MZ-3 35mm slr loaded with colour slide film.  Although it will be  few days before I can get the colour slides developed from the MZ-3, one of the best of the Fuji X-T1 pictures is included below. This picture was imported […]

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Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 on Fuji X-T1 mirror-less

The great thing about mirror-less cameras is that they make it easy to use a variety of classic lenses from the golden era of primary lenses – the days when every camera was supplied with a 50mm fast lens instead of a slow zoom. As a collector of vintage cameras, I have many of these lenses and over the last couple of days I’ve been trying a vintage Olympus lens, the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, on my new Fuji X-T1 camera. […]

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Some samples from an SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8 lens

This is a post in a series which I’ve written to show sample pictures obtained with inexpensive vintage lenses fitted to a modern digital camera. In this case the lens is an SMC Pentax-M 28mm lens fitted to a Pentax K5 DSLR. I bought this lens as part of a kit with a Pentax Program A camera a few weeks ago. Since I only paid a few pounds for both the camera and the lens I think it certainly fits […]

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Minolta X-700 sample pictures.

A few weeks ago I published a review of the Minolta X-700 35mm slr and in this follow up post I’m going to publish the pictures from the first film I’ve run through the camera. I loaded the camera with a reel of Kodak Colorplus 200 film and took it about with me for a few days whilst I went to Loughborough in Leicestershire and Reading in Berkshire. All these pictures were taken using the standard 50mm f/1.7 kit lens […]

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Recovering negatives from found film

Occasionally, when I buy a film camera for my collection, I discover that a previous owner has left a partially exposed film in it. Because of that I now always make sure I check if a camera has a film in before I open the back because it seems such a shame to fog a film without trying to recover some pictures from it. In the past, I’ve sent these ‘discovered again’ lost films off to a lab for development, […]

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Bronica ETRsi first film

This morning I developed the first film I put through my Bronica ETRsi medium format SLR and scanned the negatives. Because it’s winter and I wasn’t sure how much light there would be I chose a fast film (HP5) and developed it in Ilford ID11 developer at a dilution of 1+1. The total development time was 13 minutes at 20°C and then another 15 min in the fixer. The first thing I noticed as I pulled the film from the […]

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A few samples from a Schneider Edixa Xenar 50mm f/2.8 lens

It was a few months ago that I bought an Edixa-Mat Reflex B slr camera which came with a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar lens fitted and I thought I would try fitting it to my Ricoh GXR A12 module and get a few sample shots to see how it performs. The Xenar lens is an M42 mount unit but it has a somewhat non-standard auto/manual lever which fouls on the mount adapter, so in order to fit the lens it needs to […]

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Pictures around Reading with a Ricoh GXR 28mm A12

A few months ago the office where I work moved from Stevenage where I live to Reading where I don’t. This means that my trips to the office are no longer a short bike ride away but instead involve a couple of train journeys which last for about 2 1/2 hours and as a result I only go into the office about once a month now and work from home for the most part. Wednesday this week was one of […]

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Post-processing film scans in Lightroom

A couple of years ago I wrote a post which described the steps I normally take when post processing pictures in Lightroom. The procedures I describe there are still the way I carry out post processing when dealing with digital images, but recently I’ve been taking more shots on 35mm film and I’ve found it is necessary to subtly change the way these images are dealt with in Lightroom, so these notes are going to describe this different workflow. I’ll […]

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Pentax SFXn sample pictures

When we recently when on holiday to Gloucestershire I took some film camera’s with me as well as my Pentax K-5, and these are some of the pictures I took with one of those cameras – a Pentax SFXn 35mm slr. Because I was using the K-5 as my main camera for the trip it made sense to make sure the film cameras I took were also K mount cameras  so the lenses could be shared. For that reason I […]

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Dover's Hill in Gloucestershire

This is a post with some pictures of The National Trust’s Dover’s Hill in Gloucestershire which I took on a recent visit there. We only stayed a few minutes at this viewpoint over the Gloucestershire countryside, so I didn’t get many pictures, but these were my favourite of the 20 or so I took. A couple of these shots were actually constructed from 3 images taken using the camera’s bracketing function and merged using Lightroom’s new ‘merge to HDR’ function […]

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Garden Insects

Over the last few weeks it’s become a bit of a habit to go into the garden at some point in the day with my camera to see if I can get any pictures of the insects and spiders which crawl and fly around the plants. Although neither my wife Janice or I are naturally gifted gardeners, we have been steadily improving the condition of the garden and introducing more plants and flowers  in order to encourage more insects and […]

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Pentax MZ-M pictures developed in Caffenol C-M

Over the last couple of days I’ve been using my Pentax MZ-M with a fomapan 200 black & white film to get some sample pictures to test the camera. Today I developed those pictures using Caffenol C-M – the pictures are shown below. Since I last developed film in caffenol, I’ve bought a film strip mount for my slide duplicator, so I was able to be a much better copy of the negatives this time, however, I’m a bit disappointed […]

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Photoshop effects – removing all colour except one

I’ve seen an effect before which isolates a single colour in a picture – removing every colour other than the chosen one. In my experimentation with photoshop I found a way to do this which may or may not be the correct way (although I’m beginning to find that there are many ways to do the same things in photoshop). The way I achieved this effect was as follows: I started a new selection using the Select -> Colour Range […]

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