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Gave my MINOLTA DYNAX 500si an outing

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by PeteE, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    A Club member gave me a MINOLTA DYNAX 500si with two lenses -- I gave it an outing in Brentwood the other day, using the 70-210mm Minolta AF zoom lens -- I find that lens 'Hunts' badly to focus on 'Autofocus' -- I loaded with some Aug/2004 outdated 'BonusPrint ACTIVA 200' ( Konica) film I downrated to 100 ASA by sticking some paper over the DX coding on the cassette to default it to 100 ASA and used mostly full aperture on the 'AV' setting in weak winter light.
    Minolta Test 01 http://www.flickr.com/photos/25850987@N03/12366801135/ by pentaxpete http://www.flickr.com/people/25850987@N03/, on Flickr

    Minolta Test 03 http://www.flickr.com/photos/25850987@N03/12366966873/ by pentaxpete http://www.flickr.com/people/25850987@N03/, on Flickr

    Minolta Test 04 http://www.flickr.com/photos/25850987@N03/12366799795/ by pentaxpete http://www.flickr.com/people/25850987@N03/, on Flickr

    Minolta Test 05 http://www.flickr.com/photos/25850987@N03/12366799515/ by pentaxpete http://www.flickr.com/people/25850987@N03/, on Flickr
  2. dachs

    dachs Well-Known Member

    a tour-de-force but only of interest to us old die hard slide aficionados
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Must say I've actually turned down one of these free - never liked the camera. I did suggest an alternative home for it where it was appreciated.

    This shows that regardless of my feelings, it's capable enough.
  4. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    It was C41 Print film and I processed it myself in C41 chemistry --I like to show results from my several 'Gift' cameras I am lucky to have . No work now and the exercise keeps Heart Attacks at bay--
  5. dachs

    dachs Well-Known Member

    in that case, dam' good scans, what did you use to do that?
  6. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    Mr Dachs : I use an 'old' EPSON 1650 flatbed I was given by a now-deceased Camera club member + Vuescan Pro that I won on this site + PhotoShop 7 to re-size. In Vuescan I usually use the 'Generic' color setting not try to use the 'film make' setting as I can correct any cast in the PhotoShop 7 as outdated films usually have a colour cast ( but I would correct that in the darkroom with my Filters anyway if making RA4 prints) -- I have set the scan resolution at 1600-- no point in trying to go higher especailly as I use scans only for putting onto Computer Forums NOT real prints.
  7. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Looking at these it is surprising how well the antique film has performed. Rather like the shot of the four sitting waiting for the bus, would make a nice mono shot. The real film bargain is at Poundland, a 24exp Agfa 200 colour neg film, and it's made by Fuji.
  8. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    I was a tad more fotunate than you....I have 50 rolls but mine are 36 exposure...
  9. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Some of them are 36s. The interesting question is will they be getting more in?
  10. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    They seem to be a regular stock item, in this area anyway.
  11. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    searched POUNDLANDS in Chelmsford, Brentwood and Romford but No FILM !! ( Never mind have plenty more in cold storage -- keep getting given it ! )
  12. dachs

    dachs Well-Known Member

    ha ha you could always keep them 30 years and develop in butyl acetic formic acid - give that naughty Kamepa a run for his money!

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