14 August 2010

Minolta Konica

Konica Minolta

In some parallel universe Minolta may have absorbed Konica (and surely it would have been better for the camera company to swallow the film company), but as we know in this world it was all about office copiers and the film and the camera businesses fell by the wayside only for Sony to continue the ongoing digital SLR (Alpha mount) camera business.

But that’s a long way from here. And a diversion. Here’s an old Minolta 110 Zoom, fitted with new batteries and outdated Konica Centuria 200 110 film (process before 10/2004).

110 full negative area < Oxford High (Street)

This is the full 110 negative area; strangely pre-exposed framing of the negative area, which is quite tiny.

I took some shots around town, trying to figure out exposure compensation. The camera only has overides of whole F-stops or EVs, from –2 to +2; the ISO of the film is calculated according to the presence or absence of a plastic tab (100 or 400 ISO) and the film itself is rated at 200 ISO, and it has the 100 ISO tab. So that’s –1 on the meter, right? And then +1 for age? Colour negative film has some latitude, fortunately, but when it is old it’s more prone to defects, scratches and so on.

Some results though:

Oxford  busker | Minolta 110 Zoom | outdated film Swallowfield church | Minolta 110 Zoom | outdated film

Swallowfield churchyard 'Rhoda' | Minolta 110 Zoom | outdated film Black Friars Oxford  | Minolta 110 Zoom | outdated film

1 Oxford busker | 2 Swallowfield church, Berks | 3 Rhoda, Swallowfield, Berks | 4 Black Friars, Oxford

Negatives scanned directly from Epson V500 glass, held down by anti-reflective glass


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