It’s the summer and what’s the best thing to do in the summer but travel, so with the gang on Summer vacation Classic Camera Revival host Alex Luyckx is coming to you live across the pond from the sun dappled French country side just outside of Vimy in France!
Cameras featured on Today’s Show…
Contax G2 – The only autofocus rangefinder out there, and one of Alex’s personal favourite cameras. While the autofocus is a bit iffy even manual focus is next to impossible, the camera makes up for it in being an easy to carry camera with great lenses to back it up!
Photos from Waterloo, Belgium – 200th Anniversary Reenactment
Contax G2 – Carl Zeiss Planar 2/45 T* – Kodak Tri-X 400 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20C
Nikon FM2 – The second version of the all mechanical FM camera, the Nikon FM2 puts power and rock solid performance in a lightweight SLR great for any travel need without breaking the bank!
Photos from the Siege of Fort Erie event – Fort Erie, ON Nikon FM2 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20C
Developing on the Road
Sometimes you just have to be able to get your black and white work developed while you’re on the road, while being in a more stable environment is preferred you can pretty much put your darkroom into a duffle bag and do your work in a hotel without too much difficulties!
- Change Bag + Gloves
- Stainless Steel Tank + Reels
- Measuring containers
- Chemistry: One-Shot is perferred, HC-110 syrup, Rodinal, Pyro, or Ilfosol 3
But if you can find one a Jobo 2400 tank will allow you to load and develop with just the tank.
Alternately you can use a monobath developer such as New55’s R3 or mix it up yourself before One thing we did mention was a monobath, this is a single shot developer, stop, and fix. New55, the folks behind bringing back a Type 55 4×5 Instant film created one around Kodak’s HC-110 developer known as R03. You can pick it up directly from New55, or you can make it up yourself.For a 500mL tank you’ll need: 20ml Ilford Rapid Fixer, 32ml HC110 (Syrup), 100ml ammonia (5% solution), and 348ml water. You can read more about it at Michael Bartosek’s site or on the New55 Blog. From there it’s just a simple stand development, pour it in and let sit for 6-10 minutes using HP5 or Tri-X but you will need to heat the bath up to 24C.
What’s in Your Bag! Probably one of the hardest things for those who have a lot of cameras is picking which ones to bring along on a trip as well as all the other accessories that often going along with this.
- Vanguard Up-Rise II 28 – A small compact bag that gives plenty of space for two cameras, extra lens, along with accessories!
- Sony a6000 with a 16-50mm lens and a 50mm (Adapted Leica) – The replacement for my rather bulky Nikon D300 that actually has some better performance.
- Contax G2 with 28mm and 45mm lenses – A 35mm camera means I can move quickly and have a little more versatility and get more images while carrying less film
- Manfrotto – no selfie-sticks here, better to use a tripod to get those portraits of you in places.
- Kaweco Classic Sport – A photographer doesn’t go anywhere without his trusty pen, in my case a fountain pen as I find them easier to use!
- Sharpie Fine Tip – To write a serial code on the film canisters so I know what was shot where.
- Life B6 Lined Notebook – My trip journal where I write about what’s been happening on my journeys through Europe.
- Quo Vadis Habana Notebook – my daily notebook, what film I shot where, important details ect.
Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix…check out Burlington Camera, Downtown Camera, or Film Plus if you’re in the GTA region of Ontario, if you’re on the West Coast (British Columbia) check out Beau Photo Supply. Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.