Camera Type


My wife and I spent a few days in Tokyo for the New Year, our first trip there with our 5-year-old in tow. Between taking him to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka and Disney Sea, I managed to do a quick run to the camera store to get these: Instax Mini Chrome film and a Lomography Light Painter. Eager to test them out and hope to post the results within the next two years – HAH! Bad blogger!

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Here are four of the five test shots I’ve done so far using the Lomo’Instant,  and it looks like it’ll take a few Instax packs before I get used to how the camera behaves.  I’m only really happy with the shot on the upper right,  shot in Automatic mode with a color gel. The MX shot is way overexposed and a mess,  the one in the lower right overexposed as well.  The cat shot used the close-up lens attachment – it’s okay but not as sharp as I’d want.

The one test shot I threw away was an MX of my cat,  using no flash for the first exposure and a single pop for the second at -2 EV. Far too dark.

More to come as I continue this test drive.

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My last camera purchase for 2014 was Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 8, bought new for half the retail price because,  I suspect,  it came in a shade of pink only JPop stars can pull off –  even Sanrio fans might balk at buying this color camera.  A handy shooter,  no doubt,  but doesn’t quite go with my beer gut or personal aesthetic.

It is fitting that I start the year with another instant camera,  the Lomo’Instant in immaculate white.  Like the Fuji,  this uses Instax film,  but is far more versatile than the Mini 8. With exposure compensation,  multiple exposure,  bulb,  color gels and four creative modes,  the Lomo’Instant can certainly give the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic a run for its money.

I’ll be testing this camera out for the next few days and I hope to do a proper unboxing video. I will have to put everything back in the box though,  hah hah,  and do it all over for the video.  Couldn’t resist taking it out as soon as I got it. 

Be back in a few.

Street Food Chef

More often than not, my Ricoh GR10 is loaded with Fujifilm Neopan 400, one of my favorite film stocks. Sadly, sourcing this stock is becoming harder with each passing month.

The rest of the shots on the Travelomo Facebook page

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While I do love shooting with film, I’ve no qualms about shooting with my mobile phone. Spotted this awesome tag on a boulder in Virac, Catanduanes in the Philippines.

Tempus fugit, or so the Romans used to say. I’ve neglected this blog for far too long (and wasted a year’s worth of domain name charges!), and I must make amends. 

I’ve been busy, far too busy than any well-adjusted person has any right to be. The professional publishing world (where I live in) does not stop on weekends, holidays and sick leaves, so I’ve had little time to pursue my, eherm, hobby. Things have started lightening up recently, thank goodness, with some new members in my editorial team to delegate to, and better processes in place. More time to shoot, fabulous!

I’ll try to keep my posts short, to give me no excuse not to update this site. Tonight I leave you with this, a photo of my wife, shot in Virac, Catanduanes, on Fujifilm Provia 120 film on a circa 1930s-1940s Zeiss Ikon Ikonta B 521/16 medium format folder. 

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Argus C3 Matchmatic

I’m usually the guy who goes camera hunting but, in this case, I’ll be the camera pimp. I’ve got a handsome Argus C3 Matchmatic, produced from 1958 to 1966, that needs an owner. One of the best-looking cameras in my collection, this well-maintained specimen is something I’d like to keep for myself. But, I bought this a while back with the intention of trying it out then selling it. I have to keep discipline and not dip into my own stock, heh heh.

The Argus C3 rangefinder was the world’s most popular-selling camera for three decades. It was made popular by photographers like Tony Vaccaro, who brought back haunting images of WWII taken using “The Brick.” Indeed, it feels like a brick: hefty, sturdy, solidly built, and you can imagine Vaccaro using this to bash in the heads of any Axis soldiers caught unawares. Recently, the camera was made popular again by being featured in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in the hands of student reporter Colin Creevey.

A couple of things make the Matchmatic slightly different from the other C3 models available on Ebay and in thrift shops and antique stores around the world. Most obvious is its two-tine tan and black leatherette finish. The other is its proprietary exposure indicators. Both shutter speed and aperture are measured out in a system that would have made sense if I had the accompanying light meter (which also used the proprietary system). Alas, that didn’t come with the camera, so I had to come up with a chart to help me keep track of the equivalent values. It’s easy to get used to, but a step that isn’t necessary with the other C3 models (which use standard notation).

The camera itself is a fine piece of optical engineering. The lens is pin sharp, the controls are bombproof, and all the mechanicals work as they should. Good, because this is an all-mechanical camera. None of the controls are coupled, so you can MX (multiple exposure) to your heart’s content. The rangefinder needs a slight alignment on the vertical axis, but no biggie.

Here are a few sample shots taken around Metro Manila.

City Sweeper

Flyover Frenzy

The Armpit of Ortigas

Ladies’ Day Out

Greenbelt Blues

So Wired It Shakes

A Passion for Botany

Oh, and if you want it, you can buy it here.

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