Directions

Neopan, YashicaMat 124G

This $150 Yashica has been with me since high school – hokey meter, questionable low speeds, flare and all. I’ve scrounged-up most of the original accesories, one at a time. I even have the user manual, which contains banal sample holiday snaps, maybe made at Marine World. Only years later did I recognize the byline on those photos: Weegee. Wait, Weegee?

Truthfully, away from strong light directly into the lens and above ƒ/5.6, it’s hard to imagine wanting to replace this camera with anything fancier. Just be careful about the direction: don’t point it into the sun. Or a flash bulb, Weeg.

Apparently all of these more-recent celebrity portraits were also made with the same Yashica.

Film Photography for the Impatient

I’m not going to pay $2000 for a drying cabinet but $23 for a 9x12” USB-powered LED light panel seems okay. I’ve gotten into the habit of connecting it to a spare phone battery: I can then use it as handheld light source to preview wet negatives fresh out of the wash. Snap a view from my phone and flip it in Snapseed and boom, super-trashy, super-quick, scans.

Normally these would be for my personal quick-check, or on occasion a text message. This morning’s a bit different if only due to my excitement: there’s a little carnival set up in the fairgrounds parking lot, the first open public gathering I’ve seen in our town since March of last year.

Can’t wait to post a couple of snaps:

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Quick and Light

Unexpected but true department: a Fuji dedicated flash is my favorite for non-dedicated Leica hot shoes.

(For dedicated shoes, too)

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Leak-Free

Not a Robust Test

Well, shucks. On the film roll loaded immediately after the Leaky One – within just five or ten minutes of that previously-shown light-stained shot – the results now appear 100% leakless, including the snapshot above.

Mystery leaks: they happen. I’ve read about cameras that have been sent to one expensive technician after another, and yet the leak was never found. Or maybe it’s some subtle mistake I made for that one roll. Lens change? I doubt it.

Every photo should have an element of mystery, sure. Just usually not this kind.

Pan F FTW

Living Room Peonies
TTArtisans 50mm ƒ/1.4 wide open, Pan F, D-76 1+1
Larger Scan

Further cementing my decision not to buy more Rollei Ortho 25: this quick test roll with Ilford Pan F+ in D-76 (1+1, 8.5 minutes @ 20C, if you must know). D-76’s different from the Rodinal used for the Rollei film, so it’s not a direct comparison in every way, but… for a classic fine-grained 35mm look this combo feels like the right confluence of simplicity, availablity, and expense.

And no, I’ve no aims of becoming a botanical photographer. This is just the sort of quick sketch that’s easily made in a country-adjacent suburb while the world is still mostly anchored at home. More grit and urban chaos to come, I’m sure.