When I first read that the Southern 630 would be running steam excursions again this year from Spencer to Barber Junction I knew I wanted to use my Holga 120N camera. The Holga is a plastic camera with a plastic lens that is capable of interesting photo's. I was hoping to achive a vintage feel to compliment the era when this train was full time a work horse on the rails.
I loaded my camera with Arista EDU 400 b&w film. I really like how this film works with the Holga camera, & headed to Salisbury. The sun was very bright, which for a holga gives a perfect exposure. Well at least as perfect as an exposure as one can expect from such a simple camera. I'm quite pleased with the results that was achieved.
I have a slew of Russian made lenses of the 50mm caliber but never seem to use all of them so they sit patiently in their lens cases. Bored, I decided to use my much neglected Industar 26m. The 26m is a 52/2.8 (not sure why 52mm) made in the former Soviet Union. Actually the lens came with a now deceased Fed 2b rangefinder camera I bought a few years ago. I wanted to see how this lens focused on my Bessa R at wide open. The lens has never been calibrated like my J3 & J8 lenses have. So out the door I went & headed down to the old Lexington furniture district. It's now mostly just a shell of empty buildings. Shot on a roll of Ilford HP-5 & developed in Rodinal I like how the lens focuses & the bokeh looks good to my eye. I like that. In short I think I will use this lens more often. It feels good on the camera & the focus ring is smooth.
This is a new work for me with the Holga 120n camera. Viewed by some as a toy camera the holga is capable of stunning photos with incredible sharpness (in the center) that is. The edges vignette wondrously. I loaded up with a 120 roll of Kodak T Max film & wandered throughout my hometown of Lexington. This isn't your average army navy junk store I grew up with but they do sell nice clothes & boots. This photo was also my first with Rodinal & 1+100 stand developing. I'll keep trying my hand at it.