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« on: December 15, 2008 02:11:54 PM »

I'm all "Woo!  Photography!" right now, so here's some of the latest goodies.

First of all, I found these two cameras at an antique mall, and spent way more than I normally do on them, especially considering that neither came with film inside.  The first one, the Argoflex, was about $35, but the reason I got it is because it can focus!  I can actually shoot pictures with depth of field to them!



It needed a little repair work, and it has a shoelace in place of a strap.  Which, actually, is kind of cool.

The second camera was $16, and is an old, old (circa 1910s, I think) Kodak Brownie No. 3 Model B box camera.  It is gigantic.



I bought it with the thought that I might be able to shoot 4x5 sheet film in it.  And, behold!  4x5 film fits perfectly in this!  Score!

Took these two and some other cameras out for a few days and then had an uber developing fiesta.  It's a lot less exciting than it sounds.  Lots of standing around my kitchen, staring at a timer.

First of all, the results of the 4x5 Brownie experiment:



I can't see through the viewfinder of the camera at all, so I just had to guess what the picture was going to look like when I was taking it.  Pretty excited about this, though.  Looking forward to shooting more with this!

Here's a few pics taken with the Argoflex:





Depth of field!  Hooray!



The above pic shows my husband gamely taking pictures with the Kodak Dualflex II.  I hadn't tried out this camera, and I have a bunch of mystery 35mm film on a bulk spool that I wanted to shoot a sample of this and develop (so I could tell what kind of film it was.  I taped the 35mm film to some 120 backing paper, spooled it onto a 620 spool, and gave it to Travis.  Here's one of his pictures:



Turns out the film is Kodak TMax, and it still works!  Hooray!  Also, I heart sprocket holes.

A couple of pics I took in Cleveland using my Brownie Twin 20:







Got the nerve up to develop a roll of 47 year old 127 film that I shot when I was on vacation.  The negatives were so fogged that this was the best image I could get, even when holding the negatives up to my monitor to take pics of them:



Then, I developed some rolls of film I had laying around that I recovered from junk store cameras.  This is always stressful, but I managed to get a few pics per roll to develop, which is better than nothing!

My favorite found picture that came out was this one:



(The things in the sky aren't UFOs, they're reflections of my Christmas lights since I held the negative up to the monitor to photograph it).  The other picture on this roll of film was this one:



The camera was an Agfa Shur Shot, and the film was 116 Kodak Verichrome Pan.  I'm guessing the film is probably from the 60s?

The other roll of film I developed was 620, but had absolutely no identifying characteristics on the backing paper.



I didn't know whether it was color or black and white or what.  So I just took a wild guess and threw it in the black and white chems.  I was able to get two images off of the film, which turned out being something called Kodak Aerecon.  After doing a little research on it, I found out that Kodak Aerecon was used primarily for taking photos out of aircraft!  Which, of course, makes perfect sense, when you consider what the pictures turned out to be of:





Yep.  That's right.  White Castle.  When I realized what I was looking at, I cracked up.  Best found pictures EVAH!  Smiley  White Castle has been around since 1921, the camera it was in, the Ansco Readyflash, was made in the 50s, so your guess is as good as mine as to when they were taken.

One more pic, taken with my digital camera, just because I like it.  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008 02:41:55 PM »

these are flippen fabulous!  where do you find these rolls of film?  sooo cool.  The pictures that you took look like your stepping back in time.. how big are the pictures that you developed that had pictures on them already? 
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008 02:51:34 PM »

Wow.. Shocked   I love all of the pictures! Amazing.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008 04:52:51 PM »

Thanks!  The negatives for the White Castle photos measure about 2.25" x 3.5".  The other found negatives are 2.5 x 4.25.  So, they're pretty big.  Most of the negatives I've found were just left in old cameras that I've found at antique shops and flea markets and such.  I did buy one lot of old film canisters on eBay that came with a bunch of exposed negatives and a few rolls of undeveloped ones.  Half of the time I buy old cameras, it's because there's a roll of film inside.  I cannot pass one up.  It's a sickness.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2008 12:52:47 AM »

Love love love! You make me want to steal something from my dad's old camera collection. You have such a wonderful eye, and the developing is perfect for the feel of the photos. And your found photos rock my socks. Love!
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2008 07:55:38 AM »

man..I bet your house/apartment/flat/condo would be such a treat to explore your walls...I'd bring popcorn and a drink, not leave a mess and gander at your walls for days...that's assuming your displaying your wonderful finds? Wink
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