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About photovalve

I am a keen amateur photographer and this is my space on the web to talk about my explorations through the world of photography, both film and digital.

Olympus 35RC

The Olympus 35RC is a simple rangefinder camera from the 1970’s.  Another recommendation by Ken Rockwell it is a superb picture taker.  Firstly it is compact, fits in my pocket no problem.  Secondly the controls are simple, you can have … Continue reading

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Canon EOS 620 and Ilford HP5

The Canon EOS 620 was the second of Canon’s EOS cameras and came out in about 1987.  I couldn’t afford one then and it was only Ken Rockwell’s article that reminded me of it.  So I kept an eye open. … Continue reading

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Agfa Clack and Ilford PanF Film

The Agfa Clack was made in Germany in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.  It gives eight 6×9 shots on a roll of 120 film and was really designed as a snap camera.  The lens is so simple the image … Continue reading

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Kodak TRI-X

So after all these years I finally got around to trying a roll of TRI-X.  This Kodak film has a long and distinguished history, especially amongst photojournalists. I loaded it in my Canon EOS 30 film camera and played around. … Continue reading

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Film descriptions

Here are some descriptions on the films in my fridge, from left to right in the photo below. Kodak Portra 160 NC – this is a medium speed (ISO 160) colour print film which has neutral colours (NC).  This and … Continue reading

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The film in my fridge

So the first question is why do I keep my film in the fridge?  Well, film has a best before date printed on the side and keeping it in the fridge means you can go years beyond that date and … Continue reading

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Four types of photo

I’ve taken lots of photos of lots of things and I’m always looking for some sort of emotional response when I see a photo or when I show someone a photo I’ve taken. I have realised that pretty much all … Continue reading

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