Lookit what I got for my birthday!

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  1. Turambar

    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    [​IMG].



    I got as a sort of decorative piece but, now I got it, I'm bent on trying it out for realz!


    .... anyone know where I can get myself vintage camera film?
     
  2. Beldaran

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    wow that's amazing :)!! i can't help you unfortunately!
     
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    NOOO The icky film has captured you as well Tur!

    Although seriously it looks very nice!

    As for where to get film from I can't help at all, but try http://forum.mflenses.com/ It's a site very much dedicated to film photography and I'm sure that they can give you not only pointers in where to get film, the right kinds of film, but also processing options for it as well.

    Good luck :)
     
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    just awesome!!!!
     
  5. Firiath

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    That looks amazing! I'd really love to see photos taken with it.
     
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    Very cool man!
     
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    oooooooooooooh, this is fantastic! <3
     
  8. Sparrow

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    Very neat camera... too neat to just stick on a shelf and not use.

    As mentioned by Overread, there are photography clubs and whatnot that use the old film relics.

    And btw, if you choose b&w film it's not that difficult to develop it yourself at home. Heck, when I was in high school I turned my poor mom's linen closet into a darkroom and developed/printed pics for the school yearbook. It's a very simple process of developer/rinse/fix/rinse... and other than making our sheets and towels smell like photo fix I never had any problems.
     
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    Wow that camera is beautiful.
     
  10. Taliesyn

    Taliesyn It's a feral reality out there, kids.

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    Good golly, that's a work of art!
     
  11. JNK

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    yeah they used to make things look awesome these days...
     
  12. Turambar

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    Developing isn't that hard. It's the exposure that's the tricky bit. My father still has an old fixaton- and exposure set. I might give that a try.

    But it's 65mm film. HUGE. Exposure will be tricky...
     
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    I agree... exposure might be tricky... be sure you have enough stuff to try and try...
     
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    Yeah, no kidding it's huge... the only film I've ever used is the standard 35mm.

    I'm guessing the camera you have was used for portraits and was usually attached to a tripod which allows much longer exposure times... the other thing you'll have to consider, is if there's any light leaks in the bellows. Good luck!
     
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    Wow Tur, that's really cool. If you can take some digital pics of any film pictures you take with that camera, could you post them so we can see them?
     
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    Yeah, I've checked the bellow - it seems to be fine. In fact, it's in pretty good nick, considering it must be at least 86 years old. The shutter is working correctly, with choices of 1/25'th, 1/50'th, and two manual settings. The aperture is still functioning properly.. The lens is undamaged. The winding mechanism still works. Great engineering :)

    It does seem to be made for portraits, though. But I sure as hell going to try to do other things with it. I would need some kind of modern manual, though - since aperture and exposure will be very touchy, I'm afraid.
     
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    A lot of the old camera stuff wasn't just made to last, it was made to be repaired. The legacy of a bygone era when machines were made to last -- as opposed to today where its all modular components and devices so complex that you need a team of experts to fix even a simple problem (and why bother because next week a new version is out ;))


    On the film front if you get into it you can get your own scanner (a good one mind) for scanning film negatives. From there you can process the film at home (both black and white and colour) and then simply scan the negative into the computer and then treat it like a normal digital photo. It's a method quite a lot use as it is pretty cheap and faster than sending things away to be processed and scanned (though it should be said that the upfront cost of a really good film scanner is pretty high - plus the professional setups can scan to a far higher level of quality if you need to with exceptionally expensive scanning units).
     
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    Yay! I bought film for the brownie today! Never would have guessed, they had it at the local photography shop :)

    Black and white, professional grade film for just 5,50. I feared it'd be a lot more...
     
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    can you post pic after you make some?