| Exhausted Renegade Elephant -
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 - 10:37PM
[Photo: Laura. Camera: Great Wall + modified lens]
Despite promises and other big talk to the contrary I'm still not finding time to update this page very often. Not sure why that is, but I'm down to about once a week at the moment. On top of that I've not taken much recently that I've been pleased with so I suppose that doesn't help, but this evening I stumbled across an un-scanned film from last month and found this little gem; a portrait of my niece, Laura, which I think came out very well.
Camera news: I've got hold of what I hope will be a very tasty glass-lensed Polaroid 360 Land Camera. The 420 I have is OK, but the plastic lens just wasn't doing it for me. If the 360 comes good then I'll be able to mess with the 420 and make it weirder...should be interesting. Possibly even more exciting than the 360 however is the mini Graflex Speed Graphic that I'm waiting to take delivery of. I was lucky to get what look's to be a great example of this classic camera for £75 incl shipping from NYC (think Weegee and don't be fooled by the word 'mini'...this thing is BIG). The plan was to use 665 Polaroid and 120 film in it, but now that it's on its way I'm starting to have creeping doubts about the back. With cameras like this the back is all-important because it determines what format film you can use. From what I can work out the mini Speed Graphic had 3 backs during its years of manufacture; the Graphic Back, the Graflex Back and the Graflok Back. Of these, the last one is by far the most useful because - amongst other things - works with 120 film holders, but I'm now resigned to the fact that I'm getting one with a Graphic Back. Doh! If only I wasn't so impetuous. There's still a chance that I'll be pleasantly surprised because I don't know for certain, but if not then I'll just have to try and come up with a workaround. Either way it's a rocking camera and I should at least be able to use a Polaroid Back with it and get busy with the 665 film and some gritty, urban protraits.
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