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Dark Room project progress

since i got the enlarger been using it a few times, printing some old negatives, i think i’m getting the hang of it. using a self timer is certainly very helpful, as no longer you must guesstimate the exposure time. as all i have right now is 4 x 6 paper, the prints are small and look sharp enough, it looks like the fujimoto lens it came with are sufficient enough for me right now.

I’m planning to get a larger paper (8 x 10), but still searching for it as local stores only sell small sized paper. buying from freestyle will be perfect as i can buy some film too, but the shipping cost is to high, it ends up doubling the prices. blanco negro sells foma stuff that i want to try, and the shipping cost from Australia is still very reasonable, so thinking of ordering from them, already spoken to the owner Chris, very kind and helpful.

Film Developing

on the film developing front, last night (31 July 2010)  i’d tried to develop my first roll from the kiev, a black and white lucky SHD 100 film, but apparently my reel loading technique need more practicing, when it came out the film were bended, and sticking to each other, resulting white blotches on the film. on a better note, at least now i know that is nothing wrong on the kiev, the pictures came out okay and well exposed apart from the wrong guesses i made on the exposure.

first try, failed loading the reel, resulting in bended negatives and white blotches

right now I’m in the process of finishing my second roll, and hopefully my first success on developing film on my own. it’s a good thing lucky films only cost about US$1 each!

update august 3, 2010

just finished the second roll, straight to processing when i get home, the loading practice pays off and loading the reel was a breeze, i use Micro-MF for the developer for 16 minutes (full agitation the first minute) with 10 second agitation every one minute. got no stop bath, so use water instead, 4-5 times rinse, and goes in the fixer (Acifix), i re-use the fixer from last time for 8 minutes (full agitation the first minute) and the same 10  second agitation every one minute. after rinsing the film, i dry them and this is the negatives:

First Success

seems under exposed images, still learning to use "sunny 16" rule

hopefully i can print some frame tonight and scan them so i can upload them straight away. the negatives looks nice, some pictures are again under exposed from wrong guessing the exposure, more practice needed, this is my first meter-less camera after all.

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Kiev Saga pt.2: The Arrival

today (26 July 2010) is the arrival of my long awaited Kiev 4A. as explained on part 1, this purchase have many first for me, and after 20 day had passed, i was getting worried that will it ever arrived. well now there is nothing to be worried! it’s here! with it’s rather crude packaging, as i rip the brown paper that is covering some kind of protective layers, and lo behold the camera I’ve been waiting for almost a month now The Kiev 4A with Jupiter-8M 53mm f2 lens (rather odd, the internet sources always said that the jupiter-8 is a 50mm lens, it’s the Helios that uses 53mm) and complete with it’s EverReady case.

The Package from Ukraine

To

From

Smug faced

Smug Faced #2

well the seller photos is the real one, and hasn’t found anything to be out of order right now, will have to buy some film and check it out some more.

Kiev 4A, eveready case, yellow filter

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Cheap Nikon F mount to Canon EOS lens adapter

I’ve just received my cheap lens adapter for my Nikon lenses so they can be used on my Canon 300D, I’ve got it for approximately US$15, the quality is quite good actually although i don’t have any other adapter to compare it with. this adapter will allow me to use my existing array of Nikon lenses (haha..). i got it from this website

the US$15 Nikon F mount to Canon EOS lens adapter*

Canon 300D with Nikkor 200mm f 4 mounted*

the Nikon lenses i use on my F2 are an old style 50mm f 1.4, an auto focus 28mm f 2.8, and 200mm f 4. not the best Nikon lenses i know, but it will be fun using them on my 300D, especially the 200, since i rarely use it on film, i think it will be very interesting to experiment. the other lens that i think would be very useful is the 28 as the equivalent focal length will be close to my favorite length, the “venerable 50”

samples (all the images are shot wide open and i think there are some camera shake on the 28mm sample):

(50mm sample)

Joedith captured with AF nikkor 28mm 1 : 2.8 D on 300D with adapter

captured with AF nikkor 28mm 1 : 2.8 D on 300D with adapter

Joedith captured with nikkor 200mm 1 : 4 on 300D with adapter

I’d say all the lens performs admirably, considering the lens condition are far from perfect, all of them had different amount of fungus due to the humidity. the colors and tone are outstanding, i like especially the 200, if not for the 2 m / 7 ft closest focusing distance, it would be a very nice portrait lens. the 28 is nice as it is small, light, a perfect match for the 300D, and as stated above the equivalent focal length is prefect for me, at least now i have a very good reason to stop lusting over either the EF 24, 28, or 35. I don’t think the 50 will get much use, as i already have the EF version.

*camera and adapter pictures shot with Joedith’s Canon 1000D with Pentax SMC 50mm f 1.4 mounted using adapter bought from the same seller.

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Kiev Saga pt.1

well i am in the process of buying a Kiev 4A rangefinder from eBay… this will be a first time experience for many different reasons if it goes well. first, it will be the first time i buy something from the internet. two, and from eBay of course. three, it will be my first rangefinder (always wanted one). and four, my first FSU (Former Soviet Union) camera.

at the moment, i even can’t finalized the transaction, as the verification process on PayPal is not finished yet, didn’t think it will be this complicated.

on the other side, reading stories about buying FSU cameras on eBay is actually a kind of gamble, many stories about the unreliability of the FSU cameras, especially when buying them straight from eastern European dealers. having my finger crossed for this one.

will post the continuation of this epic saga…

more info on Kiev 4 cameras
Keith Berry’s very informative site
Matt Denton’s Kiev

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