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Agfa Isolette I

Agfa’s production of the Isolette series spans several decades. Multiple models were made from pre-WWII 1936 up to 1958. The Isolette I is a simple German-made 120 folder that was sold from 1952 to 1960. The camera features an 85mm coated f/4.5 – 32 Agnar lens and a synchronized Vario leaf shutter. Focus is scale-focusing, measured on the lens from 3 feet to infinity.

Agfa Isolette

I purchased the Isolette I for $20 after listening to Episode 143 of the Film Photography Project Podcast. Host Mark O’Brien details many of the features. He also describes the common issues with sticky, or dried lubricant. When I received the Isolette, sure enough, the lens would not focus because the original lubricant had cemented the focus in place. Utah Film Photography friend, Maurice Greeson, put the camera on his workbench, cleaned, lubricated and freed the focus.

My experience with the Isolette was just so-so. I like having a 120 folder that has such a small footprint. However, I found that ultimately I wanted better control over the focus. My ideal 120 folder would have a rangefinder focus. The Isolette I doesn’t have a light meter. For some photographers that might be a deal breaker, but for me it wasn’t an issue. Now that I’ve said that, the majority of my shots were under or over-exposed. I don’t believe this was my fault or the cameras. I think it was the expired Kodak T-Max 100 I was using. I’m not sure how it was stored before it was donated. Will I shoot with the Isolette again? Sure, but with some fresh Kodak Tri-X or Illford HP5.

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Film Photography Project Walking Workshop – Part 1

Two weeks ago, Scott Smith and I flew from Utah to San Diego, California, and drove up to San Clemente for the Film Photography Project Walking Workshop at the headquarters of TheDarkroom.com. We arrived a day early because we knew we wanted to take our time getting to our hotel in Dana Point, and find some good photo ops along the way. We spent some time walking around San Clemente, stopping at various small shops including Arcade Camera. At six o’clock we went down to the pier for some photos at sunset. I took five film cameras with me, one of them was the Minolta SR-T202 that I had purchased earlier in the month. This was my first opportunity to use this camera, so I loaded it with some Kodak Ektar 100 film and casually walked along the beach. One of the shots I wanted to get was the lifeguard stand with the pier at sunset. This is the first time I’ve done any real landscape photography in several years.

The next morning at the workshop, we were greeted with a big smile and handshake from Michael Raso and Mat Marrash from the Film Photography Podcast. One of the first people in the group I recognized was Brian Moore, a knowledgeable photographer from Huntington Beach. Another was Mark Dalzell also from the Film Photography Podcast and Smoove Sailors. Mark gave me some advice last year on cleaning my Argus C3. We talked about what a great indestructible workhorse the C3 is.

The entire staff at The Dark Room deserve a big thank you. From myself and my fellow FPP friends, thank you! Keith, Phil, and Joe, the tour was fascinating. You opened your business doors to a bunch of strangers and customers (and some strange customers), answered countless questions and made sure everyone was having a good time. Again, thank you so much.

As the afternoon progressed, Michael and Mark spoke about unique, unusual, and hand-rolled films. One of the more entertaining presentations was Michael’s commentary about Svema film from Russia. They don’t respond to email, but will accept a purchase order, accept money, and ship film to the FPP in New Jersey. I believe the repeated remark from Michael was, “Hey! You don’t know what’s going on in Russia!” After completing the roll of Kodak Ektar in the Minolta SR-T202, I loaded it with Svema Color Negative 125. Photographers that have purchased it from the FPP Store have nothing but positive things to say, so I’m very optimistic. After the discussion on film, Michael gave away some unique film from the FPP Store, including some color infrared, 620 film and the new FPP 620 film spools.

Each FPP workshop attendee received a ticket to be part of a camera giveaway. Everyone had a chance to browse through several tables of cameras, select one, and enter the raffle to win that camera. I won a beautiful Minolta 7s rangefinder. Along with the camera came a printed instruction manual, a contact sheet displaying the test images from the camera, and a letter entitled, “To the new owner,” along with details and specific information about the camera. The Minolta 7s has a battery-powered exposure meter that originally required a mercury battery. The letter explains how the updated battery uses an adapter with a diode to step-down the power for the meter. Thank you FPP listener and contributor Johnny Brain in Iowa for this outstanding camera!

In the late afternoon, everyone boarded the FPP Big Yellow School Bus and went to the San Clemente Pier for a photowalk. The weather was beautiful. I took my time walking along the pier, occasionally stopping to ask random people if I could take a photo of them. When I have a camera in my hands, I have no hesitation talking to people. This is something about me that makes my friends and family uncomfortable. I know it embarrasses my kids when I stop and photograph this way. Whether its candid street photography or street portraits, a smile and a positive comment can usually produce an interesting image. The day ended with a bus ride back to The Dark Room where we spent more time talking with other photographers while sharing our newly won cameras.

To be continued…


2015: Looking Forward to Film Photography

One of the aspects of my personality is that I enjoy looking forward to specific events. I’m the kind of guy that buys concert tickets the minute they go on sale and then counts down the days to see my favorite band. Having something to look forward to keeps me going. It gives me something to go to bed thinking about and energizes me when I wake up. There are several things happening the world of film photography that I’m looking forward to in 2015.

Film Photography Project

The Film Photography Project last week announced the 2015 FPP Walking Workshop, March 14th & 15th. This annual event is now in its third year. The workshop this year will be two full days in San Clemente, California. The workshop includes a tour of TheDarkRoom.com lab, giveaways, prizes, Q&A with The Dark Room owners and staff, Q&A with the Film Photography Project gang, street photography in San Celementa, camera and film demonstrations, and more to be announced. Registration is free, but limited. If you’re thinking about going, make sure to sign up now.

Film Ferrania

In 2014 Film Ferrania launched a Kickstarter project to fund 100 More Years of Analog Film. Working closely with the Italian government, the original factory constructed in 1923 is now being re-assembled to create a new film production facility. Film Ferrania will be producing 35mm and 120mm film, as well as Super 8 and 16mm cine films. Those of us that funded the Kickstarter will be receiving our film this April! #FilmIsAlive

CineStill 120 Rolls

Unfortunately another film Kickstarter campaign went unfunded in 2014, CineStill Medium Format Film. The popularity of using motion picture film in still cameras is on the rise. Along with their 35mm film, CineStill wanted to produce tungsten balanced, 800 ISO, medium format 120mm film. The film quality gives photos an incredible cinematic look. Even though the 120mm film won’t be produced by CineStill, I don’t think the market and desire are going to go away. There’s been a lot of talk about Kodak Vision 3 film online that originally inspired CineStill. I believe someone in 2015 is going to make 120 cinematic film. I plan to shoot some CineStill 35mm this year.

I’m looking forward to executing many ideas I have for Utah Film Photography this year. I have numerous rolls of film, new vintage cameras, and exciting gear to review in 2015. We’re also planning a Utah Film Photowalk and some guest posts from local film photographers.

What are you looking forward to in film photography this year?

 

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