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
Yesterday I had a very enjoyable shoot with the beautiful Nicole Hinson who is currently the 2014 Face of Kent. I shot most of the shoot on film using a Nikon FA for 35mm, Pentax 67 for Medium Format and the Speed Graphic with Kodak Aero Ektar lens for Large Format. The image below was shot on 4x5 with the Speed Graphic and Aero Ektar, shot wide open at f/2.5 for the very shallow DOF! With the SG and AE combination I am unable to use flash, so I built a homemade ring light co