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5 Frames with a freshly serviced Yashicamat and Fomapan – by Phil Harrison

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Yashicamat

A couple of years ago I treated myself to a very tidy Yashicamat that was made in May 1965. I wrote about the camera here. I discovered recently that the shutter speeds had become faulty, finally succumbing to age (57 years) and making the camera unusable. Fortunately Newton Ellis & Co in Liverpool will service TLR’s. They get a full strip down and repair. People might say and have “wouldn’t it be cheaper to just buy another camera”, well maybe, except my camera body and lens are excellent condition and another camera would likely have the same shutter problem. Having received my Yashicamat back from repair I needed no excuse to get some film through the camera.

I had a roll each of Fomapan 400 Action and Fomapan 200 Creative films. Prefering an ISO 400 film in the camera when hand holding, it helps with higher shutter speeds and smaller apertures, I also shot the Fomapan 200 at ISO 400 and had it push processed by +1 stop. Both films were processed in Ilfotec DD and scanned at the lab. Exposure was judged using my excellent analogue Sekonic Twinmate meter.

The Fomapan 400 was shot at Preston Docks. The Ribble Steam Railway shares part of the line still used for freight that diverges from the West Coast Main Line just before Preston Station, it runs for about two miles. The line goes over the Marina’s road and rail swing bridge.

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Speed humps were being installed in the road outside our house. I thought it might be interesting to shoot the activity. The workmen were very interested in my camera and had a good chat about it, this lead to some fun photos of posing workmen. These photos were shot on Fomapan 200 pushed to 400.

03 Fomapan 200 at 400

05 Fomapan 200 at 400

04 Fomapan 200 at 400

When I look at all the photos off both Fomapan films, I think I prefer the Fomapan 200 Creative uprated to 400 ISO and push processed by +I stop, it seems to have the edge in both definition and finer grain. I hope you found this of some interest.

Phil

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