I thought I give it a try again. Using quirky medium format cameras, think Holga Toy 6x6 cameras, or why not cameras like the legendary Agfa Clack 120 (6x9) and Agfa Click I (6x6) - which are simple cameras, with one lens element. Albeit the Agfa cameras have slightly more you can do with.

 

Cameras like:

I also have a twin eyed (TLR) Holga 120 camera (with built-in flash *LOL*), acting like a toy "Mamiya C330s" basically. So, I bought  recently the 6x6 Agfa Click I camera, as well the 6x9 Agfa Clack 120 camera which are on their way to Stockholm.

 


Agfa Clack 120

Below you see how the 6x9 Agfa Clack camera looks like.

It was made between 1954-65 at the Agfa Wek AG in München, West Germany. It exhibits two apertures (ƒ 11.5 and ƒ16), has a focal length of 95 mm which is made of one lens element. The film plane is rounded. Focus can be set in two steps: "close" (1-3 meter) or "infinity" (3 meter to infinity). It exhibits a shutter speed of 1/35 sec, as well "B" (bulb, or longtime exposures). It has a standard  1/4' tripod mount, as well a standard cable release socket (which I think is great to have together with longtime exposures and a tripod socket !) The shutter is self-cooking. Kind of like Holga I believe. The film you wind manually, and there is a red window where you can look at the back paper of the film which number you are on. But there is a risk of light leaks if not closed.

 

 

 

 

Agfa Click I

This one is a 6x6 camera, similar to the Agfa Clack; one lens element and roundish film plane. However it has less settings and acts more like an unmodified Holga, there is "B" (which is sad) or other settings. Only one aperture: ƒ 11 with a shutter speed of 1/30 s. The focal length of the single element lens is 72 mm. It has a swing in yellow filter and a tripod mount socket, and the shutter is self cooking.

That's about it. A sunny summer click-click camera. I had ordered the Agfa Click I first, and then I discovered the more flexible Agfa Clack 120 today. The latter seems more interesting - in theory - because I have not gotten them yet, and therefore don't know the results yet.

 

 

 

Botched film + Toy cameras = a match ?

The thing is, that I have both old T-MAX 400 film which i got to keep when Kodak Alaris sent me 100 replacement rolls. But at the same time, also the newer films appear to suffer from the same fate - that of the dreaded back paper issue, in which the ink of the paper chemically or chemically interact with the film emulsion, in a really ugly way.

So, why not use the film in toy cameras... where it isn't important that the film is ... well... botched ? Where super sharpness isn't mandatory, and where film grain isn't either. That kind of cameras would fit to stupid, not-up-to-the-task modern film... I mean I really can't stand to use the film, in modern cameras - giving crappy results. It's just dreadful. And I got some really ugly results with deep frozen, fresh film... So it wasn't neither the chemicals, or that it would been in too warm environment or anything else.

Kodak must have done shit with their T-MAX 400 120-films for many years... that it came to this.  As I mentioned a couple months ago - I will not buy T-MAX 400 anymore in 120-format. The Kodak T-MAX 400 35mm is not affected, whether kept frozen or in room temperature - I have never had any issues with it. Next time, it will be Ilford films for me. But I have plenty of film, so there is no need, really.

 

I need some creative ignition

Anyway. I need some serious photographical fire under my ass, and do some creative work. I am so sick and tired with narrow minded photography.

 

Holga 6x6 camera back in 1998

My first Holga i imported from the US in the year of 1998. I remember how expensive that was due to the import taxes and everything else they added. The total price went up by 130%, somewhere to 75 $ I can't remember. But 75 € in 1998 was quite a lot of money... For something so primitive like a plastic toy camera. Wait, I got two. You could only buy two cameras, I believe. One i tinkered with, so that I could do longtime exposures.

And so I started to make images with the Holga 6x6 camera - which was an odd experience. Indoors and without flash used, and only ISO 100 film - I had to ask Johannes to go really close to the lamp above the table. So, he lifted his plate with spaghetti... so that I still could make an image. You have to remember that the lens was something like aperture ƒ8

And it still got underexposed of course. Luckily in the digital age, even the thinnest negatives can still be reproduced, albeit with not good quality. However, you get more out of a negative compared with printing it on paper... that would been pretty hopeless, almost impossible.

I have tons of such negatives... all looking weird and funky more or less. And still tons need to be scanned.

Weheee. Uh-uuuh.


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