In my previous post, I mentioned that I shot three rolls this past Sunday. This is the second of those three rolls.
For this, I chose to use the camera that spurred my return to film photography a couple of years ago. This little HiMatic may be fully auto exposure, but with a great finder, butter soft shutter, and wickedly sharp 40mm lens, it’s a deceptively effective photographic tool. I’m so glad I was able to resurrect this little gem, thanks in most part to resources found on the internet, as well help from some knowledgable folks on Flickr and Photo.net.
After loading a fresh roll of Acros 100, purchased from the Film Photography Project store, I set the ASA to 100 and checked the battery strength. Yep, this camera is absolutely useless without one.
As this is a fully auto exposure camera, one sets the focus using the spectacular parallax corrected rangefinder, then press the shutter button. You can achieve somewhat of a exposure lock by holding the button half down, but I find it easier to occasionally change the ASA setting, thus fooling the meter, which is surprisingly accurate, into giving the exposure I want. Apart from a low light, low shutter speed indicator lamp, there is no other info available in the finder.
Once again, the Acros 100 film gave great results, developed in Caffenol CM-RS for 12 minutes @ room temp. I must be doing something right, because I got great shadow and highlight detail, moderate grain, good sharpness, and absolutely zero spots or streaks on the negatives. Scanning was a breeze, as was editing in Photoshop Elements 9 with the Nic Software plug-in Silver Efex Pro 2 for Mac.
Not much to say about the shoot really, although, I recall using this combo most during the middle of my trek, when the sun was a bit behind the clouds, which cut down a bit on the harshness, especially in some of the back alleys and doorways.
More photos from the camera and film can be seen here on Ipernity as I get them edited and uploaded.