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My old film kit

Harry Purves

Wallsend, United Kingdom

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Here’s a blast from the past from me. I used a 120 roll film camera in the ’80’s and ’90’s and no-one ever believed me that there were twin-lens-reflex cameras that allowed you to change the lenses for different focal lengths. Well there’s an 80mm on the camera, a 55mm to the left and a 180mm on the right. Each lens is equipped with it’s own aperture control and leaf shutter and timing mechanism. There were de-tents on the aperture control lever at each stop but you could set the aperture between these points if you needed a half stop. I also had a light-powered light meter, a Sekonic L398A Deluxe III, which I have used until now because I have replaced it with a Sekonic L308S FlashMate that measures both natural light and flash – great little toy but that means I am at the mercy of the power in the battery.
I had some fun with that kit, and I carried it and the tripod all around Iceland (and no, it was the the country not the shop!). Sadly the prints I made were so big I can’t get any scanned., so here’s a digital pic of the camera itself.
Canon 450D
Canon 18-55mm lens
1/160th f11 ISO-100 speedlite flash

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