View Towers Testing Ground
I find that when I am testing a new camera I gravitate to a few spots over and over. One of those places is this HVAC system on the side of View Towers in Victoria. I came across it while shooting a second roll through my Olympus Pen – that was the roll of film that got me going on film photography again after years away. So perhaps it is for sentimental reasons I come back here, but also because now I have a collection of such shots and it can be useful to compare them. Even if the lighting is different each time I visit, and the film is different too, I always focus on the same spot (more or less) and so it does give some useful information. Besides which, I like the shot.
Today’s post has shots from eight cameras, 6 types of film and includes one with my DSLR by way of comparison. Some of the ones in the gallery have been posted before, but most of these have just been sitting in my archive. I probably have more, but the computer gods took away my LR5 catalogue, and all the backups too, at least back to August 2014, so searching is more labour intensive.
Cameras included here are
- Canon 5Dii (digital, as a standard comparison point)
- Canon Sure Shot AF35Mii (Autoboy 2)
- Mamiya M645 Super
- Olympus Pen Half-frame (for the setting, not comparable point of view)
- Olympus XA
- Olympus 35RC
- Yashica Electro 35GS
- Yashica AF-M ii
Film used includes:
- Fuji Superia 200
- Fuji Superia X-TRA 400, expired 2004
- Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 (new)
- Ilford Pan F Plus, ISO50
- Kodak Gold 400 (expired 1990s)
- Kodak Portra 160VC (expired)
- LomoChrome Purple, ISO400
I think my favourites are taken with the Olympus XA and Yashica Electro. I love the optics of both those cameras, and they make very nice exposures too.
To see larger versions in the gallery below, click on any image and then navigate with the arrows to see the rest.