Film Friday

It’s been a long while since Film Friday made an appearance, but it’s back to being a regular thing now.  My Rollei has been at the menders for some time now, and finally they gave up trying to find the part necessary to fix it, and by passed the problem.  What had happened was the focusing knob gave up working, and it’s apparent that the lugs on it’s gear wheel have sheered off. This I think was my own fault, but no use crying over spilt milk.  The mender has done a work around for me so I can still use the camera by moving the lens in and out itself, that’ll take a bit of getting used to. In the meantime I have been shooting 35mm film on 2 Minolta compacts.   I had been wanting to purchase a Minolta Riva mini for some time, by all accounts it’s a bit special and is a close cousin of the Leica mini, made to the same specs.  I found one on eBay for £20 and sent off for it. But when it arrived it actually was a Minolta Riva AF35 EX, and not so special at all.  I double checked the listing and sure enough, it was my error.  Never mind, I put a fuji colour film in it and took it out and about with me. Then I found the Riva mini by accident one day in an Etsy shop, so I sent off for that, a bit more expensive as they are quite rare. When it arrived a put an Illford B&W film in and took that out and about too.  I’ve just had the 2 rolls developed, and you can tell the difference in the quality of the lens of the river mini.  The AF35 pictures all have blurry edges whereas the Riva mini is sharp throughout. I like the blurry edges though so it’s a win win for me.

Here are a few from when we had snow, the colour shots are on Fujifilm Superia Extra 400, and the B&W are on Ilford HP5 plus 400.








Dog Running Free


The Hood





18 thoughts on “Film Friday

  1. These posts always want me to get my film cameras down out of the attic! I love everything about film. The smell of it, the winding on, and even the rewinding into the cassette. The only thing I don’t like is the cost of printing these days. Do you scan your negatives? i have never tried that.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I have film cameras but here is super complicated to get the film done, we only have available consumer kodak (colorplus 200 and ultramax 400) I have to import the batteries, other films and the only remaining lab has not expertise in process the film as I receive them quite scratched and the scans are very low resolution 😦
    Said that I am in love with your first photograph, has a pictorial quality, that road towards that white color enclosed inside an orange color enclosed inside a blue color… it is so lovely. I hope your Rollei comes back from the camera limbo (perhaps it was used so much by the former owner, a professional so it has endured a lot), it was very nice with your art. n_n

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  3. The picture of the park has an eerie quality about it, I’m not sure uf I would go in there.
    I’m, wondering if I would be able to tell that they were film if you hadn’t said? I think yes, but I can’t put my finger on why.

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    1. Although there are plenty of software plug-ins that are supposed to make your photo’s look like film, I don’t think they really do, will have to take 2 shots the same sometime and try to duplicate the film one digitally!

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  4. Adventures in reading oopses — I’ve had more than a couple of those, Fraggle. But you finally got the right camera. They sound cool. The pics are lovely — even though they have snow in them. 😉 It’s cold here today too. Thankfully not enough to snow though.
    TGIF hugs!

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  5. I love these posts too…I feel like I am learning stuff and I suddenly want to try out all these cameras…I have fallen into the idea that there are only two types of camera- digital and film cameras…and then I read your posts and its a whole new world…..I also like the sound of cameras for £20!…I will revisit your posts when I get my photography act together.

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