Sunday, 13 November 2016

116 Day - November 2016

Zeiss Ikon Cocarette with Ilford HP5 Plus
For various reasons, I've not had much time in the last few months to dedicate to this blog, but I did shoot a single roll of HP5 Plus with the Zeiss Ikon Cocarette last Sunday on 6th November for a '116 Day'. From using the camera during the summer, I realised that the focus scale was not accurate, and attempting to find out exactly why, I removed the panel at the back of the camera and using a loupe with some tape across the focal plane (I used some 120 backing paper with a hole in for the tape to best place this on the focal plane itself), it was clear that, when set to infinity on the scale, the lens was not extended far enough; at the 30ft mark, infinity seemed to be achieved. I then made the assumption, which I didn't measure, that I could simply shift each focus mark to the next nearest, so if 30ft is really infinity, then 15ft becomes 30ft, and so on. This worked well enough using a fast film and generally choosing an aperture of f8. Of the six exposures on the roll, four negatives seemed worth scanning, and the focus was better than the shots I had taken earlier in the year, although in the last image below, the long exposure was marred by movement during the exposure.

Zeiss Ikon Cocarette with Ilford HP5 Plus
Zeiss Ikon Cocarette with Ilford HP5 Plus
Zeiss Ikon Cocarette with Ilford HP5 Plus

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