Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Early Edition

That's right Hanna-Barbera fans!
I'm going back into the Flintstone age!
Of photography that is:

That is a Miniature Speed Graphic camera, made by Graflex circa 1939-46.
It uses sheet film 2 1/4 x 3 1/4:

That's the film pack in front, but I'm going to convert it to 120 film, if that adapter thingy ever gets here.
It's has one of them see through thingys, like them cameras from the Jurassic Period:

You flip that thing up and there's a ground glass screen that has an inverted image projected on to it.
I got this along with that TLR camera, sort of a package deal, not knowing whether or not it worked.
After a bit of cleaning up, the shutter fires and the aperture is okay so there's no reason not to think it does.
Work I mean.
Now I just need some film.
I have some film, I just need that adapter thingy.
The camera is smaller version of a well, bigger version,  a 4x5 large format thingy.
This version is perfect for me since I can still develop and scan the images from home.
Also perfect for giving the kids an old school experience in what it was like to take pictures in good ole days.
I'm looking forwards to shooting it, seeing how it does as the lens is bit hazy but I don't think it should affect the image quality.
Now I just have to figure out how to haul this around on the Flat Tire Earth Machine.
Stay tuned.


Steve A said...

Verified that there are no light leaks?

limom said...

I did a visual, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.
I need to put some film in it, but I don't have a film adapter thingy or the correct film.
I hope to do some testing late next week.
How goes it with your Praktica? taken the plunge yet?