I use to shoot different cameras all the time, but as much as I try to make sure they’re all right, I still get a lot of unexpected surprises.
In this particular case, I had a nice Rolleiflex T2 Twin lens reflex camera. I was going in Bulgary ( Veliko Tarnovo )with my girl and two of my best friends, so I took 3 films, the Rollei camera, and I was very excited for shooting it the first time.
I already checked the camera ,and all seemed right,but… they all went out of focus.
After i checked the camera, i was able to tell the lenses were not calibrated, so I had to send it to service.
Some of them looks better, but only when the lens was stopped down a few stops.
The film is Kodak Tmax 100, expired since 2013, rated at iso 50 , with orange rollei filter.
The developer is Kodak Xtol 1/1 – 9.5 min
Scanner – Epson V800
Here’s a list of what you should check before shooting
- Make sure the focus is accurate.You need to check this no matter what you are using – TLR , SLR, or rangefinder
- If your camera has a built in light meter, make sure it is accurate.Some of my yashica Mat 124G are one or two stops under or over. Only one of them is spot on accurate.
- Make sure the light sealing is in good shape. It is very common for old cameras to get light leaks.
- Always check your battery, and make sure you change it from time to time.
- If you have a fabric shutter , make sure it has no holes in it, as this might cause strange light leaks.
- Make sure the shutter speeds are accurate.
- If you have a bellows camera make sure you have no holes in it.
- If you have a focal plane shutter, make sure the shutter movement is fine, with no delays.