Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Plastic fantastic

Found this little thing at a second-hand store and couldn't resist the price! Simple as can be, load the film and press the button, no settings that you can change. I loaded it up with ISO 100 film which might have been the right choice for sunny days since I read its exposure settings are at f/8, 1/100...

Macro

Lately I've also discovered the wonder of reversed lenses.This was taken with the 55-250 with a reversed FD 50mm f/1.8 taped onto it. The FD lens is pretty heavy though, being old-school with lots of metal. I'm almost considering getting the mark II of the EF 50mm f/1.8 just to have less stress on the mount...

An experiment

A little experiment I tried while thinking of getting smoke without smoke... Clear plastic from a plastic bag scrunched up and held in front of the lens. The idea came from remembering Burning Money Away.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ghetto rig

Another in the series of ghetto-style DIY, here's my simple and somewhat fragile slide holder.
I had some problems at first finding a good way to keep the slides in place. I didn't want to tape the contraption right to the lens, so I needed something to go between. I figured a lens hood would be suitable, but I don't have the hood for the 18-55 kit lens. I do however have the hood for the 55-250, which I thought I could use instead, until I noticed that the same hood fits on the 18-55 too. And since I'd only be using it at 55mm to get the highest magnification it didn't matter that it obscured the image at the wider focal lengths.
Having found a go-between, it was only to start constructing. I used the ever-handy empty milk cartons to make a couple of prototypes, to check what I needed. Eventually I ended up with the bottom of a milk carton, with a hole at the end, a small frame attached with adhesive tape to hold the slide in place, and more adhesive tape to hold it together with the lens hood.
Then the whole contraption is placed in front of a flash with a white paper to create a pure white, bright background.
With very acceptable results, in my opinion.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Blast from the past

I was visiting my parents, and while looking through some cupboards I realized that they have a huge amount of old slides. These are some 30-odd year old pictures that still look good, so I got the sudden urge to try to digitize them.

First I tried the all-in-one Epson scanner, but that failed miserably. Rethinking it, I remembered I had seen instructions on how you could use a DSLR to "retake" the pictures, thereby getting them into digital. With some ghetto-style construction using a milk carton, I got surprisingly good results.

I don't know if it's my brother or sister or somebody else, but looking through the slides was almost like peering into a time-machine. I will definitely have to build a better rig for getting these digital.