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We all know the Christmas season can be tough on the bank account and the credit card statement. And shooting film, processing film, and getting equipment can be hard and hard on the bank account and credit card statement. But we want to show off that you don’t need to get the expensive equipment to get good results from your photography. So to kick off season five, we’re going to show you some cameras and some film that give you the most bang, for your buck.

Fujica ST605
A recent camera that came across Alex’s Desk, the ST605 is certainly a camera that matches the term budget camera. Not only that it performs beautifully with match needle metering, standard SR44 batteries, an M42 lens mount that can use even Zeiss glass, but the Fujinon lenses are nothing to scoff at. Not to mention you can pick up a body and lens for 70$ and use the rest of your money on film!

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 49 - The Shoestring

Make: Fujifilm
Model: Fujica ST605
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Format: 135/35mm (36x24mm)
Lens: Interchangeable, M42 Mount
Year of Manufacture: 1976

Camera Review Blog No. 101 - Fujica ST605
Fujica ST605 – Fuji Fujinon 1:2.2 f=55mm – Ilford Delta 400 @ ASA-200 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 10:00 @ 20C
Camera Review Blog No. 101 - Fujica ST605
Fujica ST605 – Fuji Fujinon 1:2.2 f=55mm – Ilford Delta 400 @ ASA-200 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 10:00 @ 20C
Camera Review Blog No. 101 - Fujica ST605
Fujica ST605 – Fuji Fujinon 1:2.2 f=55mm – Ilford Delta 400 @ ASA-200 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 10:00 @ 20C

Pentax Spotmatic
There can be only one Spotmatic, an icon from Asahi/Pentax and a camera that was among the first to use TTL Spot metering. You can have one for a song, and with the M42 mount have access to a plethora of amazing lenses, not to say the quality of the Takumar glass that they are famous for. And while we can’t dive into this rabbit hole now, look for a proper deep dive into the Spotmatic system and lenses this year!

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 49 - The Shoestring
There have been many variants, but this is an original SP

Make: Asahi Optical Co.
Model: Pentax Spotmatic /w multiple sub-variants
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Format: 135, 35×24
Lens: Interchangeable, M42 Mount
Year of Manufacture: 1969-1974

CCR Review 51 - Pentax Spotmatic SPII
Pentax Spotmatic SPII – S-M-C Takumar 1:1.4/50 – Kodak TMax 400 @ ASA-200 – Blazinal (1+50) 8:00 @ 20C
Where Water St. Becomes Robinson St
Pentax Spotmatic F – SMC Takumar 1:1.8/55 – Kodak Tri-X – Kodak TMax Developer (1+4)
Snow Covered Roads
Pentax Spotmatic SP – Suntar Auto 35mm 1:2.8 – Eastman Double-X – Blazinal (1+50)

Ultrafine Extreme

Don’t let the plain packaging turn you away, Ultrafine Extreme is an amazing film in both the 100 and 400-speed options plus it comes in 35mm and 120 options. The Extreme range of films are a classic grained film that offers sharp images, push process well, and are fine grained. We’re not 100% sure where the film comes from, but sometimes it’s best not to ask. While ordering online from Ultrafine’s Website can pose some difficulty for us in Canada, at Downtown Camera you can get a roll of 35mm in 24-exposures for 5$, what’s not to love about that!

CCR Review 26 - Olympus XA
Olympus XA – Olympus F.Zuiko 1:2.8 f=35mm – Ultrafine Extreme 400 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 9:30 @ 20C
CCR Review 70 - Voigtlander Bessa
Voigtlander Bessa – Voigtlander Anastigmat Voigtar 1:4,5 F=11cm – Ultrafine Xtreme 100 @ ASA-50 – Blazinal (1+50) 9:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 34 - Ultrafine Extreme 400 - Roll No. 2 (Kodak HC-110)
Mamiya m645 – Mamiya-Sekor C 45mm 1:2.8 N – Ultrafine Extreme 400 @ ASA-1600 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 10:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 33 - Ultrafine Extreme 100 - Roll No. 2 (Kodak HC-110)
Mamiya m645 – Mamiya-Sekor C 150mm 1:3.5 N – Ultrafine Extreme 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. H 10:00 @ 20C

Kentmere

Once a photography company in it’s own right, Kentmere is now part of the same family as Ilford Films under the umbrella of Harman Technologies. Originally designed as an export film, Kentmere now fits in a more budget-friendly option. While a little too grainy for some of our tastes (especially the 400-speed option), Kentmere 100 is a beautiful film. Sadly it’s only available in 35mm format.

Covered bridge in Guelph, Ontario
Nikon F4s – AI Nikkor 28mm 1:2.8 – Kentmere 400
Interior Space, Art Gallary in Glasgow
Voigtlander Bessa R – Voigtlander Superwide Heliar 15mm 1:4.5 – Kentmere 400 – Kodak TMax Developer (1+4)
Canada Southern Train Station
Nikon F2s – Auto Nikkor-SC 50mm 1:1.4 – Kentmere 100 – Blazinal (1+50)
Port Stanley Building
Nikon F2s – Auto Nikkor-SC 50mm 1:1.4 – Kentmere 100 – Blazinal (1+50)

Svema Foto

If you haven’t heard of Svema film you’ve probably never listened to the Film Photography Podcast! Properly, Свема the names comes from mashing up two words, Светочувствительные Материалы, translated means Photosensitive Materials. And they are probably one of the best-kept secrets in film here in North America. From their standard line of Foto films, in 100, 200, and 400 were the first. But they also have a beautiful colour film in Svema 125 with a lovely pre-WW2 colour pallet similar to early Agfa films. Not to mention their slow film options in MZ-3 and FN64. All available here in North American from the FPP Store.

Streetscape
Canon T90 – Osawa 24mm 1:2.8 – Svema Blue – Ilfosol 3 (1+14)

Wiarton, Ontario - Svema MZ-3 Test Roll 2
Nikon F4 – PC-Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 – Svema MZ-3 @ ASA-3 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. E 6:00 @ 20C
Triple Benches
Canon T90 – Vivitar 28mm 1:2 – Svema FN64 @ ASA-64 – HC-110 Dil. F 18:00
FRB No. 29 - Svema Foto 100 - Roll 02 (Kodak HC-110)
Nikon F90 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D (Yellow-12) – Svema Foto 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 9:30 @ 20C
Christmas Balls
Canon A-1 – Canon Lens FD 85mm 1:1.8 – Svema Colour 125
Kiev plus Jupiter 12
Kiev IIIa – Jupiter-12 35mm 1:2.8 – Svema Foto 200 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 16:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 30 - Svema Foto 400 - Roll 04 (Pyrocat-HD)
Minolta XE-7 – Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Svema Foto 400 @ ASA-200 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 14:00 @ 22C

Kodak Gold
Another sleeper film, Kodak Gold while a consumer film is pretty incredible as a film. While most people would gravitate towards Kodak Max, a 400-speed option. Kodak Gold is available in both 100 and 200 ratings and is more than enough for most people and that is because it has a fairly wide latitude or range for forgiveness inherent in most consumer films. Not to mention it can be had for the cheap and often at stores like Walmart or Drug Stores.

Golden Oaks
Kodak Signet 35 – Kodak Ektar 44mm ƒ/3.5 – Kodak Gold 200
Night Caution
Kodak Signet 35 – Kodak Ektar 44mm ƒ/3.5 – Kodak Gold 200
F1000010
Nikon F3 – AF Nikkor 24mm 1:2.8D – Kodak Gold 100

Bulk Loading
Probably the best way to save money is to bulk load your own film. That means buying film in spools of 100-feet and self-rolling it using a special loader into reusable or recycled 35mm cassettes. While films like Kodak TMax and Tri-X are still fairly pricing on the bulk roll size. You can pick up Ultrafine Extreme, Kentmere, and Svema in bulk rolls. There are several loaders on the market, both new and used. And while you can save money on a used one, just make sure it’s from a trusted source and all the light seals are intact. Still, it’s best to do the actual loading in subdued light or if comfortable enough in darkness. If you’re just starting out, spend the money and get a new one. In fact, from the FPP Store, you can get a kit to get you started that includes a loader and 10 empty recycled cassettes. Bulk loading means you can control how many frames you put into a cassette, so if you’re testing out a film or a camera you can just load up 10 frames, or go to the full 35. Just make sure you don’t roll fat, all developing reels can support up to 36 exposures.

Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix check out Burlington Camera (Burlington, ON), Downtown Camera (Toronto, ON), Film Plus (Toronto, ON), Belle Arte Camera (Hamilton, ON), Pond’s FotoSource (Guleph, ON), Foto Art Camera (Owen Sound, ON). Out West there’s The Camera Store (Calgary, AB) and Beau Photo Supply (Vancouver, BC). Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), buyfilm.ca (Ontario), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

3 Comments

  1. The Pentax spotmatic has a bridge circuit that allow use of a 1.5 v battery to be used.


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