As some of you may or may not know, I love restoring or modifying old cameras. Ensign Popular Reflex I bought this camera and it was in a sorry state :/
When I work on a camera I try to keep them as original as possible, but this was so deteriorated it deserved a new lease of life :) So the original leather was stripped revealing this beautiful Mahogany underneath. After lots of sanding and a few coats of oil it looked amazing.
It needed new bellows and a new viewing hood,
Yesterday I finally got through some Agfa G Plus x-ray film to try! The first job was to cut the film which is 10x8 into four sheets of 4x5. This was fairly easy due to the film being Orthochromatic, Orthochromatic emulsion has high sensitivity to blue, generally correct sensitivity to green and bright yellow, but has too low sensitivity to orange and is practically insensitive to red. So easy to cut and develop under a red safe light. One tricky thing with x-ray film is that
Today I went and shot some test sheets on the Speed Graphic 4x5. The reason being, I was given a few boxes of expired 4x5 film and when I say expired I mean expired... from 1991! I loaded 12 sheets and went to a local nature reserve where I wanted to take in the essense of the beautiful South East coastline. I took six images using two sheets of film on each, one shot at box speed and one shot one stop over exposed. I wanted to test the film speed and establish if any deterio