Monthly Archives: March 2014

In The Post

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Yes I have spoilt myself a bit this week. First off are my amazing plugs from the guys over at Sick Plugs……these are AMAZING! I put my order in on Thursday and they came today which I was not expecting at all so that has made my frigging day. I can not express just how great Sick Plugs are because not only do they have some of the best customer service I have ever seen and not only do they engage with their customers through Facebook Twitter and Instagram they also have an impeccable taste in cars. The range of designs is just amazing and go from the Deathly Hallows and Joker ones you see above through to Disney and even snowglobe ones! So please check the Sick Plugs site asap!

And last not no means least is my rather snazzy Game Of Thrones t-shirt. I couldn’t decide between a few of the designs so I have decided to get this one then slowly work my way through them all. Remember guys, Crows Before Hoes 😉

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Photo Of The Week

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This weeks photo of the week is a little bit different due to what happened earlier in the week. I felt that I needed cheering up so I bought myself this, it’s a 104 Land Camera, yes it’s the most basic one with the plastic lens but that does not bother me because I have been after one for months and saw all of this going for £10 on eBay and thought I would be a complete tool for letting it go. I also bought a few bits and bobs to mod it to use 2 AAA batteries instead of a big 3v one.

I cant wait to try it out but first I need to get hold of some film, the colour one is easy to get hold of but Fujifilm have discontinued the black and white one, you can still buy it but the price is high due to demand.

 


Been away for a while…..

Well I have not posted for a few days but I do have a reason. While on my way into town on Tuesday night I was the victim of a unprovoked attack. I have a cut quite close to my eye where he tried to sucker punch me from behind to try and knock me out but all that did was break the arm of my glasses and that’s what cut me, the stupid oik then went about laying punches to the back of my head and I ended up with a nice inch long cut to my scalp and I think he would of carried on if it went for the women he was with dragging him off of me.

It didn’t hurt at the time and to be fair I am only really sore where the cuts are healing but that’s only physical pain…….the mental side of things are a different story. I have been withdrawn and quiet and really don’t like the idea of having to go places alone. I know chances are I’ll not see him again but that does not stop me from being worried in-case it happens again.

I’ll have to mark it up as a tough life lesson and to be a hell of a lot more careful from now on.

 


Camera Review – BV 991

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A little review of the BV 991. I found this little beauty on eBay while window shopping for a bargain, I think it cost about £3 in total including the postage and as a bonus it came with a film (Expired Fujicolor C200). It’s a basic no frills 35mm point and shoot camera with a 35mm plastic lens.

My first outing with the camera was a weekend away to Bridlington with the girlfriend. I used the Fujicolor film that came with it and scanned the pictures with a Kodak ESP 3250.

Despite having a small collection of cameras this was one of the cheapest and has quickly become one of our favorite cameras. Because of it’s size and weight we always take it out on trips and get quite a few funny looks from people when they see us take a picture then wind on the film.

I can hold my hands up and say that I am really impressed with how the pictures turned out, I thought that I would of had some trouble with light leaks but didn’t get anything like that what so ever but one thing I did get was a slight vignetting.

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Camera Challenge?

So I saw on another blog (can’t remember the blog for the life of me) that someone did a camera challenge where they set a £10 limit to bu 1 analogue camera a month on eBay and run at least 1 film through it.

Now, I have a fair few cameras…….most of them are cheap point and clicks but I think this challenge would force me to think out of the box and buy cameras I wouldn’t normally look at. I would try to use the same type of film in all the cameras to keep some sort of steadiness throughout the challenge.

So fingers crossed and I should be starting it next week if not I’ll have to wait a month but either way I will keep you updated.


Camera Review – Zenit 11

Zenit 11

The Zenit 11 is a m42 Pentax mount SLR camera manufactured in Russia by KMZ. These things are built like tanks with their full metal body and are designed to last. It has an external selenium meter mounted on the prism front above the lens. The meter isn’t coupled to the camera, you select the film speed, then correlate the lines of aperture and shutter speed in the dial.

I got mine on eBay for about £15 and it came with a tele converter, filter set, vignette mask set, flash and bag. I will admit that I have not had the chance to try out the extras but will be once we get one rare nice day (nice days really are rare in England!)

I loaded her up with some Kodak Ultra 400 (expired in 2007 but has been kept in a fridge) and took it out and about with me for a couple of weeks so I can shoot in different light and areas of town. I use the standard Helios 44-2 58mm F/2 lens and a Leningrad 4 light meter (the selenium meter no longer works), I would of used the Sunny 16 rule but no matter how hard I try I just cant get my head around it.

Like I said these are tanks and weigh a tonne! The shutter has a nice satisfying loud clunk and it’s impossible to take sneaky shots because even people across the road can hear you. The Zenit’s are quickly becoming a love of mine and I do have a small collection of them (I have a E, EM and 11) and want/need more but first I am going to save up and get a nice fisheye lens for these beauties.

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Twinings Blackcurrent Burst

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First ever tea review so im sorry if I just ramble on. Me and the Girlfriend have got a new found love for flavoured/fruit tea and when we saw this in Asda for £1 we just could not say no, I have been a fan of Twinings green tea with lemon for a while now but the girlfriend has always been a bit iffy with the idea of these kinds of tea but she has come round and if just a little bit hooked (massive understatement).

We tried the blackcurrent and nettle tea and really likes it but we wanted something with a bit more fruitiness and boy this is it!

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As soon as you pour in the hot water you are hit with a sweet blackcurrent aroma the colour quickly changes but I was a bit let down because I thought it would go full on purple but then again that’s probably down to when you see blackcurrent flavour sweets with their dayglow purple.

I have quite a strong sweet tooth and thought id be needing to put some sugar in but the natural sweetness is just perfect. The flavour blew me away, it was as if I was drinking warm blackcurrent juice! You can also pick up the slight liquorice flavour from the added liquorice Root.

One nice little extra on the box was a recommendation to let it cool and add some lemonade. Well we are looking forward to trying that in summer along with freezing some into icelollys!