Lubitel 2 TLR

I got my hands on an old Russian camera, a Lubitel 2. Build 1955-1970). This is a medium format camera using 120 rollfilm, with a 6×6 format it is possible to shoot 12 photos.

Specifications, 75mm F4.5, manual aperture 4.5-xx, shutterspeed bulb, 1/5 – 1/250. Timer function 12seconds. A TLR – Twin Lens Reflex camera. Perfect to shoot from the hip.

Because i wanted to know the quality of the camera i bought an Ilford hp5 plus iso400 film and shoot some different situations, inside, outside and flash (synch speed 1/15)

The results are very good.

Ilford hp5plus iso 400 1/30 F4.5 scan with epson v500

scanning film with Epson v600

Recently I was scanning 35mm film with my camera. It is a perfect way, and i think with more detail. But it was time consuming and i needed some good software to convert negatives to positives.

I found a Epson V600 scanner, which has the possibility to scan film, positive and negative, 35mm and 120 rolfilm.

My experience so far: it’s a lot faster with the epson scan software.
It seems to take some time, you need to pre scan and adust every image before you make the final scan. But when that’s done the scan proces is easy. Just one click and all negatives are scanned and stored.

This is an example from a Kodak Safety Film 5062 ( http://www.taphilo.com/Photo/kodakfilmnumxref.shtml ) Kodak PLUS-X Pan.

kodak PLUS-X Pan, 5062, scanned with Epson v600 and default epson scan software 3.9.3

When owning a Epson V600 (or V550) you can download Silverfast 8.8 SE software. When you need to scan negatives with more acurate color or difficult colors, it’s better to use this sofware. And by entering the serial number of your scanner you can get de Special Edition for free. Which is good enough. The Pro version has more/better options to restore old photos with some AI technology. But again, removing scratches and dust is also possible with Photoshop.

At first I had some trouble using the scanner, After 2 or 3 scans, the software crashed and reported the scanner was not connected? But now after 250 scans, i don’t have this issue anymore.

Miops splash

So much fun with the Miops Splash. A device for managing waterdrops and controlling the camera or flash. With the supplied cable it is possible to control a flash unit with a standard 3.5mm jack. The godox ad200 and godox tt685 have both this connection so it was easy to setup for a first try.

One of my first watersplash with the miops splash. 2sec F11 iso200. To ftreeze the motion the flash was setup at 1/64 power. I had to trigger the miops on my phone within 2 sec of exposure.

After a lot of watching on youtube, reading and trying it’s getting better and better. I also found a cable to trigger the my Olympus omdem1m2 and canon eos 7d. They both have a 2.5mm jack for remote trigger. The Miops Splash also has a 2.5mm for controlling the camera. After this setup it was much easier. The trigger the miops with my phone also triggered the camera (and the flash trigger, godox x1t-o or -c) and the flash.

Olympus omdem1m2, bresser 60mm macro, F11 1/250 iso200. Trigger by phone app Miops Flash. Setup miops – 1e drop 75ms, 2e drop 94 after 85mm and camera trigger 100ms (tip: use flash rear curtain sync)
Miops app on android (it works the same on ios). Connection with bluetooth is very quick.

A short howto on IGTV: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CA2y-T1D4-Z/?igshid=1ww4y75b9rtui

Some tips: try different heights, use xantham gom it will make the waterdrops better, use milk or food color, clean the miops splash after use. With clear water or x-rain, this is also perfect for the nozzle it releases the tension of the water drop. For flash use rear (2e) curtain. Also fun to use color gels and different backdrops

5 tips voor Godox accu’s

5 simpele tips om lang plezier van je accu’s te hebben:

Hieronder tips voor gebruik van Godox accu’s (Lithium Ion)

1 – haal de accu uit de flitser (voorkomt leeglopen)
2 – niet vol opgeladen bewaren (na gebruik even op de lader aansluiten, 50% vol? dan niet opladen maar berg de accu op. Een dag voor gebruik kun je deze weer volledig opladen.
3 – Laat ze niet te warm worden. Bij vol vermogen laat ze even afkoelen. Ook niet gelijk opladen als ze nog heet zijn.
4 – Niet op de oplader aangesloten laten als ze 100% opgeladen zijn.
5 – Laat ze niet leeglopen, bij 10-20% gebruik een andere accu.