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Black And White

I have been toying with the idea of developing black and white film at home, the outlay is quite a bit (about £100) but in the long run I’ll save loads but I’ll need a decent 35mm neg scanner and the half decent ones go for over £100!

Really like the idea of using ‘alternative’ processing methods like using coffee but I’ll also use the proper ways, I just want to experiment and build upon my rather basic photography knowledge.

I know I have quite a bit to learn about all the different films and the vast range of looks and feel you can get from them as well as trying to fin the one that feels perfect for me.

Does anyone have any advice on the chemicals? Any hidden film gems?


Smena 8M Spool Replacement.

Since buying my Zenit’s last year I have been wanting to build on my Russian camera collection and I did by buying the Smena 8M.

For someone who has no idea about these cameras at first glance it looks just like a bog standard camera that has no special/different features.

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It was not till I opened her up that I noticed that something was missing……

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I had no idea that these little buggers don’t come with a built in take up spool, my first reaction was to check eBay to see how much they are and it would cost me more then the camera! I did a bit of digging online and saw that the spools inside film canisters work so I got hold of a exposed test film and opened it up with a bar blade.

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I was surprised at just how easy it came open and that the spool inside was the perfect fit!


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This has made me a happy snapper because not only has it saved me about £10 but it means I get to use this little beauty from Lomo.

Film Photography On A Budget

The problem with film photography is the cost. I am on a rather tight budget and can only really use cheap films that are about £1 per roll and the cheapest place for me to get them developed is at my local boots and that costs £4.99 for 24exp and £5.99 for 36exp. I check eBay all the time to see if anyone is selling any film in bulk and I have come across some like 10 rolls of Tudor XLX 200 for £23 and 10 rolls of Solution VX 200 for £25. The problem with only buying the cheaper film is that it’s nearly always 200ISO or lower which is a bit crappy for the vast amount of grey days we have in the UK.

To go with the cheap films I use are the cheap cameras, most I have spent on one was £25 for a Lubitel with with a case, carry bag, light meter and some sort of weird side pistol grip that can hold a flash. Most of my cameras have been £15 and under nd I have found that the ones that give the best results have been under £5! My Konica Pop, Olympus SuperZoom and my BigView were all under £5 but the pictures that have come out have been stunning and that makes me wonder if I do actually need some of the more pricier 35mm cameras? Well I can can easily answer that and say no, I don’t need them but I wouldn’t say no if I had the chance to own one. I would love a LC-A, Diana F+and a Belair (all by Lomography) and I would love some nice old FED’s and a fisheye for my Zenits but these are all out of my price range for the time being so I will and do make do with what I have.

I will keep trudging along and enjoying what I use and chances are that when I do got something from my wishlist I will still enjoy using the cameras I started with.

Random Musings

So I was just sat here listening to all the ‘alt’ music from the late 90’s early 00’s that I used to listen to and just randomly though about what relaxes me. I do the usual and enjoy nice relaxing baths and chilling with music on but what I find that works best with me is being out and about with a camera.

When I am out walking I just pop in my headphones and disconnect myself from the outside world while wondering through areas that I wouldn’t normally go to. I enjoy looking at things differently, looking at things from angles you normally wouldn’t use and getting really up close.

It sounds a bit ’emo’ and ‘hippy’ in the fact that I jot down random thoughts and ideas in a notebook I have (mainly because I tend to forget them) and just enjoy being outside. I find myself lucky because I live very close to the coast and can get there quite quickly (30mins walk or a 2mins train ride) but I don’t go as much as I should do, really do need to make a point in going there more often.

Now last but in no means least every Tuesday me and the girlfriend like to sit back and do our own things while listening/watching the new RAWtalk podcast on you. Now I am into photography where as the girlfriend is not so into it but she looks forward to Tuesdays and the latest episode, yea we can listen to it the day before by downloading the podcast but we find it easier and funnier when we can see Jared and the 2 Stephens.

Time to relax, have a nice long soak a big brew and cake while watching Rawtalk. Good times!

Im Easy Like Sunday Morning

On Sunday, me and the girlfriend want on a nice 3 hour walk with her dads family and their dog. All we knew was that we were going for a walk through the local woods but none of us had any idea just how long it was going to take. It was nice and sunny and that fooled us into thinking the woods were going to be a easy walk, that was until we saw all the shin deep mud…….safe to say that it didn’t stop us what so ever and we just soldiered on. I took my Zenit 11 (need to finish off the film and get it developed) and my iPhone to snap some pictures with, I got loads on my phone using Hipstamatics latest Kyoto HipstaPak.

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In The Post


So this is my first piece of post since starting on here. As you can see its some Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400…….in other words it’s 35mm camera film and yes people still shoot with film (shocking I know). It was a great little eBay find and only cost £10 including postage which is great because I have seen it going for about £3/£4 per roll. It is expired but only by one year and has been stored in a cool place but to be safe it’s gone straight into the film draw in our fridge. Can’t wait to give it a try but first I need to finish off the films in my Zenit’s.