Mild-Life Crises….What can also happen….

…when you cram a roll of 35mm film into a slightly less cheap, non-plastic (well, mostly)–but still Chinese–TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) camera that is also meant to only shoot 120 film….

…in this case expired Fuji Superia 100-speed color-negative print film…

…and in this case a Seagull 4A (I believe…well, it’s definitely a Seagul, I just can’t remember which model it is but regardless it is without a doubt a…) (a cheap Rolleiflex knockoff)…

…shot sometime around 2010-ish I think…

…couldn’t tell you when it expired…but let’s just say…a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far…..

…as I recall, I wasn’t really sure if any of these would even turn out since I kind of had to stand on the camera-back to get it to close and lock with that 35mm film canister crammed in there…

…I don’t recommend you trying this with any equipment that you actually care about (like a real Rolleiflex or say, Minolta Autocord)…

…But I DO recommend trying it!…

…much sharper images than what you get with a Holga…

…and you still get those nifty schprocket-holes…

…certainly no stellar photography here, but a fun experiment that I would love to do again someday…

(Highly recommend clicking on these for the slide-showy-thing for a closer look!)

(…well…except for the last one cuz it will actually get smaller in the slide-show-thingy…)

14 thoughts on “Mild-Life Crises….What can also happen….

    • Pretty sure it would be entirely impossible to reproduce which yes! most certainly makes them so much fun to make. Every roll is like a Christmas present….that just might end up being a lump of coal…..which also makes them extra rewarding when they come out well.
      Thanks David!


  1. Oh, it’s wonderful how the sprocket holes and information along the film edges works with these! In the first, the repeating black rectangles seem to race along with the carousel. In some of the others the black shapes echo shapes in the image so well, and in one the yellow stripe on the road is echoed by that yellow print. Each one is terrific and the colors – so rich. Not being a film person I’m having a hard time visualizing how one could put the wrong size film into a camera but I’m glad you did it. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Lynn. Mostly, the information on the edge helps me remember what the hell it was I was shooting! 😉
      I tend to forget about the patterns/colors on the edges and just concentrate on the extra long-ish form-factor. Try and shoot things that lend themselves to it. But I see what you mean.
      Something else for me to pay more attention too…..


      • It makes sense that first, you’re looking for subjects that fit the long rectangle. But there’s no getting around the fact that the holes and print along the edges are there and they’re part of the whole, and not to be pushed away. So for me, the first carousel is great because the numbers are almost like speed measurements – the carousel whizzing around and the numbers talking about it. And the one on the top left is almost a Broadway Boogie Woogie kind of hopscotch, with the sprocket holes enlivening things. But I don’t know how successful looking for things like that would be. It could inhibit you more than inspire you. 😉

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