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…)

Mild-Life Crises….What can happen….

….when you cram a roll (or two) of expired 35mm color film into a cheap plastic Chinese camera that is meant to hold 120 film…..

….among other things, you get sprocket-holes….

…the film is Fuji NPH color negative…

…says so right there in the film strip edge….otherwise I would have had no idea…

…shot sometime around 2008-2010-ish….maybe….

…expired sometime around 2004-2005 or so….

…(only reason I know this is that this film was only made from 2002-2004)…

…the camera is the (cheap, plastic, Chinese) Holga…

…the Quintessence of Crappaliciousness…

(but more that a little fun to play with…man, I love those blues…)

(…this is also what can happen when you forgot what you had learned about keeping the exposures separate…)

2020 – 066/366 – Mild Life Crisis….the Beginning

No. I’m not really having one. But maybe I kind of almost did.

About ten or fifteen years ago.

Some guys might buy a sports car or a motorcycle or an electric guitar. They might start having an affair with another woman. They might get a tattoo….

I bought a lot (a large sum and allot) of expired film on ebay.

I started dating three “other women” (cheap film cameras).

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The Ladies (they’re not jealous types…they get along fabulously)

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One was kind of like an older, somewhat worn mail order bride who really tried to emulate a fancy German model back when she was younger. (A Seagull 4A, which is a Chinese Rolleiflex knock-off)

One was younger but rather like a cheap, dime-store floozy. (A Holga–also Chiinese but made almost entirely of plastic)

And one was rather like an aging, once trend-setting fashonista who is now well past her prime. (a Minolta Maxxum 5 from the early 2000’s which takes the same lenses as my Sony Alpha mount cameras)

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The hipster trend hadn’t fully hit the photography world yet. Expired film wasn’t cool yet. So I was able to find a mixed bag of about 30 rolls of 120 and 35mm, color print and color slide film for about a dollar a roll on Ebay.

Two years later and suddenly expired film was in high demand and the price went through the roof. Other than a four-pack of Kodak Max 400 (expired in 2012) that I found at a thrift shop for a dollar, I haven’t bought any more film but I still have quite a few rolls to shoot and am just now getting around to scanning most of the stuff I shot ten years ago. So I’m starting the Affairs over again….and reminiscing about Trysts of Times Past…..

Stay tuned for more episodes of Mild Life Crisis…..coming soon…..