Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer's Peak Color With Film

EOS 650, EF 28-105 at 28mm, Kodak Ultramax 400

Pentax Zoom-90 Compact, lens at 38mm and Kodak Ultramax 400

I've been noticing how vivid and beautiful our fields of wild flora have been lately - it is now summer at it's most beautiful, and soon, all this splendour will be turning brown as the autumn approaches. So I set out with two film cameras - the Canon EOS 650 and the Pentax Zoom 90. This will be the last run for the old 650 by the way. I am fully replacing it with the Elan-7 I just picked up. The reason for this is batteries. The 650 takes a 2CR5 6v Lithium battery that is getting very hard to find, very expensive, and not very reliable - I just bought one recently that was dead in it's package, in spite of having a service date of March 2017 on it. Fortunately, the little plastic Rebel-S that I picked up with the Elan-7 also used a 2CR5 and it had one with a bit of life left in it.

For the Elan-7, I bought a brand new-in-box BP-300 Battery Grip that uses four AA batteries, so now I have a reliable semi-pro film camera for which batteries will never be an issue. Lesson learned - if you want to shoot film, make sure you get a camera that either uses no batteries, or can somehow be made to run on common AA or AAA sized batteries. I'm finding the Lithium's like the 2CR5 and CR123 types are getting way too scarce and expensive to take a chance on.

I will not prater on any more today - enjoy the colours!

 EOS 650, EF 28-105, Kodak Ultramax 400

 EOS 650, EF 28-105, Kodak Ultramax 400

EOS 650, EF 28-105, Kodak Ultramax 400

 Pentax Zoom-90 Compact, Kodak Ultramax 400

Pentax Zoom-90 Compact, Kodak Ultramax 400 

 Pentax Zoom-90 Compact, Kodak Ultramax 400

 Pentax Zoom-90 Compact, Kodak Ultramax 400

 Pentax Zoom-90 Compact, Kodak Ultramax 400

Pentax Zoom-90 Compact, Kodak Ultramax 400

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