Square Saturday… Belper River Gardens on the Kodak Duaflex II

Bandstand, Belper River GardensBandstand, Belper River Gardens
Kodak Duaflex II – Kodak Gold 200

With a lot of time to spare at the moment I’ve been rummaging through folders of negatives, looking for nothing in particular but finding all sorts!

This shot was taken in the summer of 1998 on a Kodak Duaflex II, a simple box camera designed to look like a twin-lens reflex camera (TLR).

Kodak Duaflex IIKodak Duaflex II
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 43mm, 1/105s, f11, ISO 200

There were a number of Duaflex models with some having a focusing 72mm f/8 Kodar lens but this version has the fixed 75mm Kodet f/15 and was produced in the UK at some point between 1949 and 1955.

All versions took 620 roll film and although Kodak Gold 200 was certainly produced in 620 format I’ve a feeling that I re-spooled a roll of 120 (which is quite simple to do in a film changing bag) before taking the camera for an outing to Belper River Gardens.

I notice that Analogue Wonderland are stocking the Film Photography Project‘s range of 620 film… perhaps I should order a roll and give the Duaflex another outing?

Monochrome Monday… Locomotive boiler, May 2000

Locomotive boiler, May 2000Locomotive boiler, May 2000
Fujifilm GSW 690 III – 1/60s, f8½, – Ilford FP4 Plus
Developed in Ilfosol S at 1:9, 6½ mins at 20°c.

Another 20-year old image, taken on a borrowed Fuji GSW 690 III…

The Midland Railway-Butterley has featured on this blog many times before, whether the trains are running or not, there’s always something interesting to photograph.

Hopefully by now the boiler has been reunited with the rest of the locomotive!

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Slide Film Sunday… From the archives

All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f5.6, – Kodak Ektachrome 100S

I’ve mentioned before one of the ‘perks’ of working in the photographic retail trade being the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise get to use…

20 years ago (almost to the day) I borrowed a Fuji GSW 690 III for a weekend, shooting a mixture of black & white and out of date slide film.

The above image, of All Saints Church in Ashover, Derbyshire, was taken during a stroll around the village after shutting up the shop for the day. The EBC Fujinon SW 65mm f/5.6 lens gives a wider view than the GW 690’s 90mm that I’ve got used to in the last 18 months (and finally bought from the chap who kindly loaned it to me… thanks James!) and the notes I made at the time show that I was hand-holding the camera at shutter speeds down to 1/30 second!

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.