When I bought this camera at a garage sale in Midland, MI for $2.75, the older fella asked me, “You’re one of those people that buys it and sells it on the internet aren’t you?” I replied,”No sir, I’m a photographer, I’ll clean it up, fix it, and use it.” Its time for you to wake up from your 50 years of hibernation, camera!
Even though I’m running short on 120 film, under peer pressure, I decided to take the camera for a test run today with a roll of Kodak TMY 6053, expired for 7 years.
The negative seems under developed and fogged, due to its age, but, this is only a test run, nothing serious. Lets look at some images.
Both shots are shot around f16-f22. 1/25 on a tripod using a cable release.
This time the whole left frame looks softer than the right. That tells me the film is not sitting flat. Either I need to add a pressure plate and make the roll tighter, or probably both. There are also scratches on the emulsion. A bit of electrical tape should provide a smooth enough surface to fix that.
The camera makes 5 exposures on 120 film instead of 4, which was my miscalculation. But everything else wound right, and spaced properly. This 152mm lens turned out almost like a wide-angle lens. Maybe next time when i get a chance, I’ll load some fresh film in there. By the way, I need a bigger darkbag, mine is not big enough with that camera and a tank in it. NOT BAD FOR $2.75!