Film Processing Service

Hello!

As Slide film (E-6) developing prices are very high in Europe I am offering a developing service for all your films.

I am offering to develop your 35mm, 120/220/620/126/127/828 films, including black and white and slide films. I also offer Cross Processing, Reverse Cross-processing and Push/Pull processing.

For interesting effects I can offer Bleach Bypass process, which only few photo labs offer.

Bleach Bypass sample – http://www.flickr.com/groups/bleachbypass/discuss/72157618492631539/

Bleach bypass can also be combined with Xpro if you are brave enough and if needed can be pushed and pulled.

Developing prices:

E6 (color positive, slide) film developing – £4.00, each roll after first £3.00 / €4.50 and €3.50 /$7.00 and $5.00.

E6 film Cross Processed – £2.50, each roll after first £1.50 / €3.00 and €2.00 /$4.50 and $3.00

C41 (color negative) film developing – £2.50, each roll after first £1.50 / €3.00 and €2.00 /$4.50 and $3.00

C41 film cross processed – £4.00, each roll after first £3.00 / €4.50 and €3.50 /$6.50 and $5.00

B&W film developing – £2.50, each roll after first £1.50 / €3.00 and €2.00 /$4.50 and $3.00

Color film developed in B&W chemistry – £3.00/ €3.50/$5.00

Push – £0.85/ €1.00/$1.50 for each stop, no additional charge for second roll if same push step applies

Pull – up to 2 stops without additional charge

C41 Bleach Bypass developing – £4.00, each roll after first £3.00 / €4.50 and €3.50 /$7.00 and $5.00.

C41 Bleach Bypass developing + Cross processing – £4.00, each roll after first £3.00 / €4.50 and €3.50 /$6.50 and $5.00

E6 Bleach Bypass developing – £4.00, each roll after first £3.00 / €4.50 and €3.50 /$6.50 and $5.00

E6 Bleach Bypass developing + Cross processing – £4.00, each roll after first £3.00 / €4.50 and €3.50 /$7.00 and $5.00.

For “fast” Black and White films and push processing I use special developer – Ilford Microphen.

Return shipping for European Union customers is free

For more information write me at: kasparsseglins@inbox.lv or  tvaika2@gmail.com

Thank you!

New Service for Fearless Lomography Warriors – Randomized color processing

Hello dear Friends!

I am offering new Service for real and fearless lomographers. This new developing service is perfect for everyone who doesn’t follow rules, has gotten bored by regular color processes or cross-processing. So up for your testing, trying and etc. is randomized color process (either C41 or E-6).

How it works?:

Instead of very specific developing time and temperature for color processes I will randomize time/temperature or don’t measure them at all. Leading to unexpected and wild color shifts and other fun stuff. Alternatively You can decide on your own developing time/temperature,  be your own boss and  after several rolls you will be able to research your own favourite time/temp combo.

Price for Randomized Color Developing is same as regular one, you can see it here – http://nameisisfilm.wordpress.com/film-developing/

If you are interested write me an email – tvaika2@gmail.com or kasparsseglins@inbox.lv

Alternatively you can post in comment section.

Bring your Lomography love to World!

Nikon F80 (N80) Review

I will write series of articles about Nikon film cameras i own or have owned. Then this will be followed by comparison article. So let’s start with Nikon F80 known as N80 in American market.

Nikon F80 was a prosumer 35mm AF (Auto-Focus) SLR , similar to Nikon D5000’s series of today. It was introduced at January 2000, as scaled down F100 and replaced earlier F70 model. F80 had 3 models: vanilla F80, F80D (no it’s not digital camera) and F80S. F80D imprints date on film while F80S imprints date and exposure data on film. Expect to pay more for last two versions. F80 either comes in black or silver color, most of body is made from plastic. While grip and front is covered with black leather. Camera is quite light only little bit over 500 grams. There are two new features that were included first time with Nikon cameras: rotating PASM dial and on-demand grid lines. With Nikon F5 or F100 you had to hold “Mode” button and rotate dial to get to needed exposure mode (P – programmed exposure mode,  A – Aperture priority, S- Shutter priority, M – Manual exposure mode), now all modes are on same Dial which also includes Custom setting bank and ISO speed change setting. Also keep in mind that most of high-end Nikon digital cameras still have mode+dial for this, like D700/D800 and D3/D4.  F80 was first Nikon camera with on demand grid lines, you just have to change one custom function and they always be on for easier framing.  Camera uses 2x CR123A batteries instead of regular 4AA to conserve space.

F80 was so successful that it’s chassis was used by several early model digital cameras like: Nikon D100, Fuji S2 Pro, S3 Pro and some Kodak full frame digital cameras.

Key Specifications:

  • 35mm Auto-Focus, Auto exposure SLR camera
  • 5 Focus points
  • Metering modes: Matrix, Center-weighted and Spot
  • ISO range:  Manual 6-6400;  DX 25-5000
  • Shutter Speeds: from 1/4000th of second to 30 seconds + Bulb mode.
  • Sync Speed: 1/125th of second
  • Viewfinder Coverage 92%
  • Around 2.5 FPS in continuous shooting mode
  • Takes standard screw-in release cable
  • Rewind speed (36 exposure film): 15 second in normal mode; 23 seconds in quite mode
  • Allows multi exposures
  • Built-in Flash
  • Uses 2 CR123A batteries
  • Batteries last for around 40-50 rolls without flash usage. Or 6 hours in bulb mode
  • Weight: 515 grams, 5 grams more for D version and 10 for S version

Manual: http://www.cameramanuals.org/nikon_pdf/nikon_n80_n80qd.pdf

Price: Around 25-30 US dollars for N80 in eBay, probably less if you try your luck in bidding.  At KEH.com 41$ for bargain condition and $62 for excellent.  In Europe around 25-30 Euros.

I paid around 30 euros including shipping for mine and around 1/3 of it for batteries.

Pros:

  • Cheapest and lightest Nikon film body with all available features
  • Takes Screw-in cable release
  • PASM dial
  • In-built flash
  • Diopter Adjustment (from -1.8 to +0.8)
  • On Demand Grid-lines

Cons:

  • Relatively cheap plastic body
  • Viewfinder coverage (92%)
  • Stability with long and heavy lenses
  • CR123A batteries (expensive and hard to find)
  • Doesn’t meter with old manual lenses (pre-1977)
  • Mediocre Sync speed
  • Exposure can be changed in half stops instead of 1/3. With +/- 3 EV stop range.

Conclusion

Nikon F80 is probably one of best “Bang for a buck” 35mm SLR AF out there. It’s especially great if you want an inexpensive AF camera,  that does all the focusing and exposure work, so you can just concentrate on picture making. It it compatible with all latest tech including VR, G-lenses and etc. It just won’t measure with old pre 1977 manual focus lenses. So you need light meter if you want to use them on this camera, but it would be better to get proper camera for those lenses. Apart from previous mentioned PASM dial and grid lines, camera also have built-in diopter adjuster, so people (like me) who are shortsighted or farsighted can correct viewfinder to optimal sharpness,  although correction range is not so great as with larger cameras.

Main weakness of this camera is not that it lacks some of features of more advanced models, but use of CR123A batteries which is pain in the arse nowadays. They might have been good way to supply camera with more voltage in less space (2x CR123A gives same 6V as 4AA’s while taking up like 1/3 of space) back in those days. But now as most of P&S uses LIPO batteries or at least AA’s it’s hard and expensive to get these. You won’t find them in local store or some small household store. Usually look for them in photo shops/stores, supermarkets (only some of them have these) or electronics store. Besides there aren’t cheap ones available usually, only some bigger brands. If you are serious in photography and have more than one camera which takes CR123A batteries i would suggest looking into rechargeable batteries and charger.  Other things i wish to note is that body is too light for usage with long zoom lenses like 80-200 f/2.8, lens is too heavy and camera too light to hold it steady, so you may get blurred pictures(of course if you use tripod then there isn’t problem), this isn’t problem with heavier bodies like F5 or F100, where body mass stabilizes long and heavy lenses. Also because of light body mirror slap vibrations are more noticeable.  But you have to trade something if you wish light carry everywhere camera.  F80’s body is made from plastic so i suppose it won’t take much damage until it’s broken, unlike higher end metal cameras. Flash sync is also a bit low if you are using fill-flash, same as viewfinder coverage is at only 92% and expsoure is adjusted in half steps intead of 1/3 of steps.

In short highly recommended camera, if you want a light Nikon 35mm AF body which has all the  newest features.

Nikon F80 from http://www.mir.com.my

Nikon F80, top view PASM dial on left hand. Image taken from – http://www.mir.com.my

Nikon F80D back

Camera of Week 46th – Komsomolets

Today we have Russian crap camera called Komsomolets in Russian – “Комсомолец”. Komsomolets, which was named after USSR youth organization, is a pseudo-TLR (TLR –  where in place of second lens is simple  uncoupled viewfinder) camera which takes 6x6cm exposures.  Plastic body design was later used in Lubitel camera. This camera was produced by GOMZ (most popular camera by GOMZ is Smena) from 1946 to 1951.

Camera had Triplet-21 80mm f/6.3 lens (in later models T-22 75mm f/6.3 lens) and available shutter speeds of 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th of second and Bulb mode (in later version available shutter speeds range from 1/10th to 1/200th of second).

Total cameras made: little over 300,000

Price: Around 80 dollars, there is one without back cover for 20. Probably price are quite low in Post-Soviet countries.

There was also Komsomolets-2 prototype, which never entered production. it was first attempt to build real TRL by Russians. It was fitted with fast T-22 75mm f/4.5 lens.

P.S. This is my 100th post :)

Info from:   http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Komsomolets

http://www.sovietcams.com/index.php?-1514646800

Komsomolets from http://www.top35mm.com

One of late model Komsomolets with leather carrying case http://www.sovietcams.com

Camera of week 45th – Canon Demi S

Canon Demi S is an improved model of Canon Demi. Demi S is a 35mm half-frame shutter priority camera. It was made in Japan by Canon and first introduced at end of 1964.  Demi S sported 30mm/f1.7 lens which was big improvement over regular model which had 28mm/f2.8 lens. Seiko shutter offered speeds from 1/8th of second to 1/500th of second including bulb mode.  Demi S had selenium meter which in more improved models were changed with CdS photo cell. First Demi’s also had blue, white and red color (ladies version). Sadly these were discontinued fast, so they are more expensive. Approximate weight: 380 grams.

Prices varies, but working cameras in good condition should be close to 100$.  Same price for not working, but with colorful leather.

More info: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Canon_Demi_S

Canon Demi S from http://www.siamtlr.com

Canon Demi S from http://www.siamtlr.com

Camera of Week 44th – Universal Meteor

Universal Meteor is small 620 film type camera. It was made by Universal Camera Corporation and first saw daylight in 1947. Each exposure was 6x6cm similar to early squared format cameras and Hasselblad. When it was advertised at 15$ price. Meter has pull out lens similar to Agfa Isola. Lens focuses from 1.5 meters/ 5 feet till infinity although viewfinder is not coupled with lens,  lens do have distance markings  (only in feet). Camera has Instant (about 1/30th of second) and Bulb modes for shutter speeds, it’s selected on lens. Lens has 4 aperture settings: f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32. Viewfinder is very small for Medium format camera and only cover about 60% of frame. Notable feature of this camera is extinction meter as light metering device for this camera, although it’s very small and hard to read. Extinction meters were one of first type of light meters available for photography. For correct exposure it was used in conjunction with metal plate on top of camera which had 4 available Weston film speeds of that time ISO -25, 50, 100 and 200. Meter doesn’t have back that opens, but loading chamber which open from bottom of camera. Another weird feature of this camera is squared shaped aperture.

Price currently about 10 dollars on eBay, but nobody wants it or knows about it.

More info at: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Universal_Meteor

Very interesting site about this camera  – https://sites.google.com/site/contraptionsinphoto/universal-meteor

http://westfordcomp.com/classics/meteor/

Universal Meteor from http://www.westfordcomp.com

Universal Meteor from http://www.westfordcomp.com

Universal Meteor from http://www.westfordcomp.com

Universal Meteor shutter mechanism at work from https://sites.google.com/site/contraptionsinphoto

Universal Meteor lens aperture at work from https://sites.google.com/site/contraptionsinphoto

Camera of Week 43 – Tower Camflash 127

Tower Camflash is a film camera which takes 4×4 cm exposures on 127 film. It was sold by Sears. This direct copy of  Comet 127 made by United States Camera. Interesting position of flash and it’s reflector gives camera a unique look same as various color choices for camera body. Notable flash also makes an appearance in Tower 39 and Tower 41 which were made by Mamiya for Sears. Camflash has two shooting modes – Color and Black and white. Probably B/W mode has inbuilt yellow filter.

There is also Camflash II, which has squared look, instead of rounded corners of first model. Price is around 10 dollars, but currently there are no available model son eBay

More info: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Tower_Camflash_127

Tower Camflash 127 from flickr.com

Camflash 127 from http://www.Flickr.com

Blue Camflash 127 from http://www.Flickr.com

Camera of week 42 – Olympus AZ-330 Super Zoom / Ricoh Mirai 105

Today’s camera is Olympus AZ-330 superzoom. It’s based on more popular AZ-300 model which was released in 1988, while AZ-330 was released in 1990.  Almost identical to this camera is Ricoh Mirai 105, as these cameras were joint venture between Olympus and Ricoh.

This is also one of those weird cameras from 90’s (like autoboy Jet) and which you can see in funny old Japanese TV ads in YouTube. While this one looks like some kind of miniature digital projector. This is like granddaddy of modern “Bridge cameras” while not being a SLR it offer some of the features of SLR’s. And although  this is a viewfinder camera, finder is couple with lens, so when you zoom in and out, finder does the same. Camera also features double exposure, which basic viewfinder cameras doesn’t. AZ-330 is 35mm film camera with 38-105mm  F4.5 – 6 zoom lens., with minimum focusing distance of 0.8m, little less than 3 feet.  Electronic shutter with speeds ranging from 1 second to 1/500th of second. Uses 2 CR123A batteries. Keep in mind that camera is quite heavy for P&S type as it weights 615 grams. Same as most modern cameras this read DX code from canisters in 25-3200 ISO range., has automatic film loading and rewind.  This one also offers exposure compensation up to 1.5 EV with 0.5 step. Two metering modes: Center weighted and spot.  Inbuilt flash has 3 modes – auto, fill flash and double flash for red-eye reduction. AZ-330 camera even features continuous AF and continuous shooting with 1.3 FPS.  Interesting feature is lens cap which also has inbuilt IR remote for controlling camera, so it really is like digital projector with remote :) QD version also includes data imprint back.

Price: Bidding starts as low as $15 dollars on ebay.com, little bit more for Mirai 105. Here are some pictures of this camera and discussion about this camera with nice pics – http://photo.net/modern-film-cameras-forum/00Ya4l?start=0

Olympus AZ-330 Superzoom from http://www.photo.net

Olympus AZ-330 from http://www.photo.net

 

More information:

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Olympus_AZ-330_Super_Zoom/Infinity_Zoom_330/IZM330_(QD)

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Ricoh_Mirai_105

Camera of Week 41- Konica AiBORG

Konica AiBORG 35-105mm super zoom is a very eccentric camera and you are guaranteed to stand out in crowd with this piece of equipment.

AiBORG is 35mm P&S viewfinder camera which looks like Darth Vader (from Star Wars in case you didn’t know) helmet. It was made by Konica and introduced in 1991, Konica itself described it as – “futuristic, black, ellipsoidal”. As name suggest it had 3x zoom very advanced feature for that time, camera also featured high level of automation, i’ll get more to that later.

Camera is made from plastic, with rubberized grips and glittery front, really glam. AiBorg has 19 available scene modes as name is made from Cyborg and AI (artificial intelligence). Here are some of them:

“-infinity mode; for distant scenery or shooting through a glass window.
-night mode; night scenes with a shutter speed of maximum 6.4 sec. use a tripod. night mode with flash on or auto flash permits foreground and background exposed at night.
-potrait mode; figures at different distances can be photographed at about the same size 4.9ft.-11.5ft.
-tv mode; for taking pictures of tv images, use tripod.
-white background mode ‘snowflake'; for pictures against a white background, compensates exposure to prevent whites produced as gray.
-multi exposure mode ‘bouncy ball';for 6 sequential exposures of moving objects on one frame. Flash is fired only on last shot.
-spot measuring mode; for setting exposure conditions to match a portion of the picture area.
-+1.5 exposure compensation mode; correction for shadows by over exposing by +1.5 ev.
-(-1.5) exposure compensation mode; for a darker image, used to compensate for haze or bring out sky color in scenery.
-me mode; multi exposure function releases the shutter for a frequency set on a single frame.
-te mode; time exposure as long as 1 sec. to approx. 100 hrs., use tripod, self timer, or cable switch.
-int mode; intervel time exposure shutter is released for the set number of frames at an interval from 10 sec. to approx. 100 hrs.”

Top LCD display shows exposure and focus settings while smaller one on back shows date settings. Lens cover is made from transparent plastic, camera has  motor drive, in-built flash (with slow sync and fill-flash modes), but doesn’t have any option for external flashes. On top right corner of back is so called joystick, which zooms in and out when moved vertically, but when moved horizontally chooses between 5 focus points and MF mode. On back there also many tiny switches which control things like – flash settings, self timer, single/continuous shooting, date settings and few other settings.  Interesting feature for P&S is that camera shows focusing distance is viewfinder. Viewfinder also has dioptric adjustment, useful feature for people with glasses.

Lens is Konica 35-105mm f3.5-f8.5, available shutter speeds range from 6.4 seconds to 1/500th of second in normal modes. Weight is about 650 grams and camera takes 2CR5 6V battery.

It is also voted by many users as ugliest camera of all time.

Benjiboy from APUG – ” used to have to try sell them for a living, but never sold even one, if Moses had seen the Aiborg there would have been an eleventh commandment”

dnjl says – “That is one offensively ugly plastic blob of a camera.”

Benjiboy replies – “When it was born the midwife slapped it in the mouth”

Info from – http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Konica_AiBORG  and  http://blog.dcview.com/article.php?a=U20IaFMw

Price – Currently there is one at eBay for about $20, but they usually doesn’t sell even for 10. Only when interested preson wants to pick it up. So don’t pay more than few coins for it.

Konica AiBORG from http://www.kameramuseum.de/

AirBORG from Caparobertsan Flickr stream

Konica AiBORG from Caparobertsan Flickr stream

Konica AiBORG from Caparobertsan Flickr stream

Souped Film (Film in Soup) Developing

If anyone has wondered i also offer developing for souped film. So if you have souped film and don’t know where to develop it you can safely send it to me.

Have fun shooting film everyone!

Camera of week 40 – Kelly

40th camera of week is Japanese 4.5×6 medium format folder. It was made in begging of 1940’s. It was copy of Baldax camera, with difference that it had “Kelly” embossed on leather covering front of camera .

Camera had 75mm  f/3.5 front cell focusing lens with Koho shutter – available shutter speeds range from 1 second to 1/150th of second + T and B modes. To this day only two cameras have survived.

More info – http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Kelly

Camera of Week 39 – Leica C11

According to reviews Leica C11 was one of best pocket zooms for APS system, although APS itself is crap. It’s also only Leica APS camera, as thank god they didn’t made more but stuck to 35mm cameras.

C11 sports 23-70mm 1:4.8-1:9.5 zoom lens, which as you can see is very slow at tele end. Lens coverage is about what would 35-105 lens cover on 35mm camera. AF uses active infra-red system for focusing, exposure metering is center-weighted. ISO rating can be chosen from 25 to 3200. Available shutter speeds are from 1 second to 1/600th of second. Camera also has inbuilt flash, weights 210 grams and takes CR2 battery.

Rating from photographyreview.com:

Strengths:    Good looks.

Weaknesses:    Poor pics.”

Price: About 20-30 euros in German eBay. Bidding starts from 10 euros. Or $200 at ebay.com

Info from:  http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Leica_C11

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