Monday, July 2, 2018

Canon A1: An update

This is a quick post without any accompanying photographs. I had recently announced that I was retiring my Canon A1 35mm camera (see bottom of that post) because of some over-exposure issues that I wasn't able to pinpoint. The camera had just been CLA'ed and I just figured something was going bad with the electronics. Turns out that wasn't the case at all. I was going to adapt the 50mm f/1.8 lens that was on it for use on my new digital Fujifilm X-T20, when I discovered that the aperture was stuck wide open. No wonder the negatives looked grossly overexposed, 5+ stops worth!  Luckily, I have another lens exactly like it that works just fine. I'm going to run a test roll through it, but I don't anticipate any problems. This is a fantastic revelation for me in that I have loved shooting with that camera.

So, now that I'm selling off my other Canon EOS digital gear, I'll completely get rid of the EOS film cameras I've accumulated as well. Time to pare down.

Coming up: I've recently had a lot of color 120 film processed by Blue Moon Camera in Portland, including prints, and I will be sharing those very soon. Those were shot in both my Mamiya C220 and Zero Image 618 pinhole. One of my goals this year was to print more of my work, and I've made some strides toward accomplishing just that.