The final post about my recent exploits with film is regarding a Canon T70 that I picked up for roughly the same cost as a Big Mac meal.
This boxy and heavy girl dates back from 1984 and although it was aimed at amateur's it was packed with technology, enough technology that when stood in a shop with the seller and we couldn't get it to work properly prompted the price to drop in my favour. Only to walk out and discover that there was a switch on top that I'd pushed too far and had not noticed, flick the switch and hey presto that's another camera added to the collection.
I slapped a film in that afternoon and went round Amy's, my sister, for a BBQ. I then showed Laura my new purchase in which resulted in a couple of wasted shots when she grabbed the camera for a look and pressed the shutter button in the process, easy mistake to make though as I did the same when she passed it back to me.................amateur!
I like this camera, its got a very futuristic feel, for something made in the 80's, that is, everything is button and switch operated with no dials like more traditional cameras. When changing the shutter speed the camera recommends what aperture to use based on the exposure metering mode and displays this in the view finder. From there you can take this info and decide to over or under expose as you like.
The camera came with a FD mount 50mm f/1.8 lens which is a shame as I already have something similar, it would of been better if it came with a different focal length because then I would of had another lens to use with Laura's (basically mine as we do share everything) Olympus via an adapter I already own.
I like using manual focus lenses every now and then as it adds more of a challenge but it makes things a lot more difficult when trying to photograph a German Shepherd running towards you in the park (such a great dog but those who know me well, already know how much I love my brothers dog Ella), this just resulted in a blured photo.
On to some photos.
All photos taken on 200 iso Agfa Photo Vista Plus 35mm film aka cheap and cheerful!
I'm pleased how this one came out. the camera did not like how dark the room was so I just guessed an appropriate exposure and it came out how I wanted it.
The next shots were taken at a park in Sutton Bridge, it probably has a true name but its always been known as the 'big' park.
Ok. This one has been edited as I just thought it would look so much better in black and white.
Look at this for a dog!
Like me, Ella likes exploring too
All the shots below were all taken inside at home.
These 2 shots below were taken using a Soft Spot filter that come in the bundle of bits and bobs with the 2 Praktica's mentioned in my previous post. Basically it's a hazy filter with a hole in the middle so everything in the middle should be in focus and everything out side should have a dreamy blur to it.
My favourite photo taken on this camera and film is this shot below.
The room was dark, the only light source used was a lamp turned on its side to point the light at Laura, rather than the light spreading across the room.
I went for a 1/30 shutter speed thinking that's the slowest speed I think I could hold the camera steady at. An aperture of f/1.8 was also used along with the long shutter speed in order to soak up as much light as possible in the shot.
I knew this would be the last shot of the film so I took as long as possible, up to the point when Laura started to complain about holding the pose, in order to get the focus as close and holding the camera as steady as possible
Thanks for reading.