Never shoot with a new camera before testing it

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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.

 

Rolleiflex T2 - Tmax 100 Sample
Rolleiflex T2 – Tmax 100 Sample

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

Kodak Tmax 100 - Veliko Tarnovo
Kodak Tmax 100 – Veliko Tarnovo

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.
Tmax 100 expired rated 50 - Rolleiflex T2 Sample
Tmax 100 expired rated 50 – Rolleiflex T2 Sample
Tamx 100 in Xtol Stock - Epson V800 Scan
Tamx 100 in Xtol Stock – Epson V800 Scan
Velico Tarnovo - Rolleiflex T2 Sample
Velico Tarnovo – Rolleiflex T2 Sample
Black and white portrait on film - Velico Tarnovo
Black and white portrait on film – Velico Tarnovo urban art
Expired tmax 100 - Bulgary - Veliko Tarnovo
Expired tmax 100 – Bulgary – Veliko Tarnovo
TLR Sample - Rolleiflex T2 Film camera
TLR Sample – Rolleiflex T2 Film camera
Veliko Tarnovo - Bulgary 2018
Veliko Tarnovo – Bulgary 2018
Black and white portrait on film - Expired Tmax 100
Black and white portrait on film – Expired Tmax 100
Kodak Tmax 100 -Xtol stock – Epson V800

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