Playing with my new camera

This week, Hana bought me a Braun Paxette Electromatic II, dating from 1960 or thereabouts. I’ve shot one roll of film in it so far.

Looking at these photos, you’ll see that the quality is bad – both from poor focus, camera shake due to the slow (fixed) shutter speed, and that most of them are exposed and corrected for in post-processing. Many of them also have scratches across them, presumably where something in the camera rubbed on the film as it scrolled past. I like it – it reminds me of a cinefilm movie with scratches and lines.

Anyway, the detail is all on my blog if you’re interested 🙂

Overall, I think this camera gives a very authentic vintage feel. Lots of these photos look like they were genuinely taken in the 50s or 60s.

For now, these are my favourite photos from the roll.

To start with, a couple of portraits: first of Hana by her car, and then me by my desk. The picture of Hana has been spoilt down the left hand because the film got jammed inside the camera and I had to open the back to unjam it.

The next two shots were taken in Castle Park on my way to work.

And these two were taken on Queen’s Road, by the Clifton Triangle.

Finally, these two were taken in Brandon Hill park.

4 Comments

  1. Fraser
    May 17, 2010
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    I like these, something timeless, ‘hand-made’ and nostalgic about them. I like the way this old camera produces old photos; I wish my old radio would play old tunes… 🙁

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