For a while now I’ve turned to inexpensive film made in China to experiment on. These tended to be Shanghai GP3 and Lucky SHD100. Both iso 100 films, both could be problematic at times but their low price made them very appealing for not-so-critical, fun photography. Both were (are?) made in 35mm and 120 with Shanghai also having a 4×5 and bulk 35mm products.
Lately it’s been hard to find. There’s still some on Ebay but it’s price has gone up considerably, around
Ever try this? It looks pretty simple, if you have a waist level view finder and want an overhead shot, just hold it over your head!
I tried this once quite some time ago. It really messes with you.
It’s hard enough to get used to right and left being backwards with a waist level view finder. For some reason if you switch it up and shoot over your head it’s like you have to start back at square one again. Framing becomes a fresh new challenge all over again. I’m not sure exactly
It’s always sad when a bastion of film photography is lost but the announcement from Freestyle Photo that the Holga Factory has closed hits a bit harder for me.
The Holga 120S was one of my first medium format cameras right after the antique shop Ansco Sure Shot. I modded the crap out of it which was really fun. I still have it and still shoot with it some 15-ish years later. For a plastic toy camera they’re reasonably tough! I bough the 120PAN (6×12) a couple years ago, and
Whoo it worked, some years ago I ran into a problem with my Koni-Omega Rapid 6×7 medium format camera. It was a nasty light leak that looked horrible. I think I figured it out, which will be its own post coming up. For now I’m just happy the contact sheet looks good. I shot this on a little photowalk around Saginaw just before a big storm with a 58mm F5.6 lens. Shot sort of as a test shoot. My iphone light meter
Sometimes you see this posed as questions like: “What’s the most unusual thing in your camera bag?” Other times it’s almost the whole DIY Photography genre from lighting to building your own camera.
Well here’s an off the wall tip using a very non-photography related item: a Scrunchi!
Some medium format cameras have interchangeable