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Frugal Fim Project: August 2020
A Trip to the top of my world. Loveland Pass is my Favorite High Mountain Pass.\:
Checkout my Frugal Film Posting for the details………
Cow Doors in the Fields……
A local farmer decided to paint their shed for the live stock and landscape…….
This was an images originally shot for my Frugal Film Project. But as always, too many options to post their…….So Shared Here Instead.
Frugal Film Project 2020: The Plan
I’ve been an provisional participant in 2019; started in June. My Camera was a Goodwill purchased Canonet QL and the film was Kodak Color Plus 200. A fine film, but I found that I was tired of shooting color. Up to this point I’ve been primarily a B&W photographer. When I want color, I use my Portra 400. Also the camera has limitations (i.e. only one lens), so I felt constricted. Finally the light meter died and I needed to find a ‘new’ old camera.
By Project Definition I am supposed to use the cheapest camera and film. I did see that one of the 2019 participants was using Ilford HP5. It’s a film I have recently become ‘friends’ with. AND I can develop it myself, so that brings the price down considerably. And Currently it’s selling for $4.99 per roll. So we’ve solved the 2020 film problem: Ilford HP5.
A new change is that we can switch cameras on a quarterly basis. So of my options below the question is which do I start with? And am I going to change up cameras during the process?
Now, I have four inexpensive camera options. What could be cheaper than a camera (or in this case two) that were given to me by a neighbor. My freebie choices: the Fujica ST-705 with a normal and zoom lens; and the Yashica Electro 25 GSN, a rangefinder that has telephoto and wide angle lens add-ons (i.e. they screw on over the attached lens).
Both cameras work and are in good condition. Which would you choose? But hold on, another camera has entered the Mix. I was rearranging the storage of my 35mm cameras and found that my Minolta SRT-202 had a partially exposed roll. So I decided to finish that roll and add the SRT-202 into the Frugal Film Mix. Shown here with my Fisheye Lens. And that’s the factor weighing heavily in it’s favor. I would have the versatility of all my Minolta lens options. The actual value of the camera is borderline for the project. But we’ll see.
For October,and November I have posted examples from the Yashica and Minolta. I had decided to give the Fujica away, but my husband said that he would like to try it out. It’s a lovely camera camera, and seems like it’s going to stay in the Family. So it may make an appearance for one quarter of Frugal Film.
Now a forth option appeared when I made a film purchase from the Film Photography Project. There was a ‘new’ plastic camera, the Debonair, for $19.99. At that price I had to buy it:
I had thought to post a survey on Twitter in November for my followers to vote on which camera to use. But after signing on officially for 2020 and corresponding with the Frugal Film Founder Sherry, I learned that the rules will be changing slightly. So I would have more flexibility. I’ll post the new rules in January…….
Frugal Film Project Roll #6: The Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Here are some example images from my second Frugal Film camera option for 2020. The Yashica Electro 35: also has two lenses that attach to the 45 mm Normal lens: a wide angle lens (37.7 mm) and a telephoto lens (58.4 mm). These extend or decrease the focal length of the Normal lens to the given focal lengths.
So I tested all three lens set-ups. First my Castor Bean Plant, left to right: wide angle, normal and telephoto lenses.
And views from Cache la Poudre, same lens arrangement as above:
I need to work on the focus a bit. I still say that Mamiya has the best rangefinder focussing viewfinders. Very large and bright. This one, maybe second best.
So now I am waiting on the final rules and schedule for the 2020 campaign, when I become an official member………