Film Photography Podcast – Episode 169 – October 1, 2017
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October 1, 2017 Podcast 169 timing
0:00:32 Introductions Michael Raso, John Fedele, and Mark Dalzell
0:03:47 Impossible now known as Polaroid due to merger – prices reduced
0:04:14 Polaroid announces a One Step White Rainbow camera – also in Granite (i.e. Black)
Scheduled to be instock at FPP store 3rd week of October.
0:06:18 Official Polaroid OneStep2 release is read. $99.99
0:08:06 Mike summarizes the Impossible/Polaroid changes.
0:12:28 Film Ferrania P30 film discussed and somehow segued to discussion of Twin Peaks and back – believe it or not.
0:16:19 Mike discusses how buying from FPP online supports the FPP podcast and donation program.
0:17:51 Minolta 16 – 16mm film (Mike’s latest itch). Spy camera format
0:21:26 Minolta 16 continued. Sub miniature camera talk.
0:31:14 Lomo Purple – faux infrared by Lomography (offered at the FPP store). 16mm, 35mm, 120 and Super 8 formats.
0:32:08 Mark summarizes Minolta 16 cameras (but incorrectly states Minox is in this category)
0:37:21 Accessories for spy cameras – UV and close up filters. PC socket, tripod mount, cold shoe.
0:41:05 Loading and using the Minolta 16
0:43:00 Most important thing: Only open when taking a picture, otherwise a frame is wasted.
0:44:37 The 16P and 16PS. Simplified versions.
0:49:17 Charlotte Dalzell makes her appearance.
0:50:18 Minolta 16EE (1962) and 16EE2 briefly mentioned.
0:50:44 Minolta 16MG (1966) and accessory operation.
0:56:40 Minolta 16 cartriges are designed to be DIY reloaded with film (as would be expected in a spy camera).
1:04:03 Letters with goodies to eat and discussion thereof.
1:14:26 Closing comments and music to close.
Show Notes by Alex Luyckx
Joining Michael Raso in the studio today is Mark Dalzell and John Fedele! We’ll be chatting up the new Polaroid OneStep2 and the Minolta 16. But there will be plenty more! Lean back, grab yourself a Mr Brown Iced Coffee and enjoy the show (what show!).
Polaroid Originals – The Original is Back!
If you remember from our previous episode Michael was acting rather prophetic when he spoke on his want for cheaper film and a new simple instant camera that uses the Impossible, sorry Polaroid Original film. His wish was granted! And when the former Impossible Project rebranded themselves to Polaroid Originals they announced a new I-Type camera, the Polaroid OneStep2. (Read the Wired Review)
So what is the OneStep2? Well, it’s modern, re-imaged and a retro-styled instant camera that uses i-Type Film. So what makes the i-Type film different from the standard Type 600/Spectra/SX-70 film pack? Well, the difference is that the I-Type film packs don’t have the battery packs built in. Yes, the new OneStep2 will have a rechargeable battery just like the I-1. The next piece is the cost of this beautiful new camera, well Michael wanted something simple and cheap, well the OneStep2 is only 99$ which is a great price point!
So what happened to the Impossible Project? Well if you remember there were some purchases made between the main investors of the Impossible Project and the company that owned the rights to the Polaroid brand earlier in 2017. Behind the scenes, we’re sure the wheels started turning and last month in a brilliant move, Impossible Project re-branded themselves to Polaroid Originals. If you want to read through the complete history of the brand, you can check out this article on Emulsive! This, in turn, means all new packaging, a lower price on the film (which is great!) and some improvements in the formula. We’re all looking forward to seeing what happens next and we’ll be following the story right here on future episodes! The FPP is carrying the new camera, i-type film and all the other films by Polaroid Originals in our FPP On-Line Store in our INSTANT SECTION!
above: FPP Guy Mark Dalzell shot on Fuji HR-II bw Film / Minolta 16 camera by Mike Raso.
Think Small – Exploring the Minolta-16
Over the summer Michael, in addition to catching the bug for 116/616 film, but also for Minolta-16 or 16mm film. When he got a whole pile of 16mm motion picture film things started to click in his brain! Then our good friend NanoBurger started talking about reloading 110 cartridges with 16mm film for use in sub-miniature cameras. Sadly in the move from Butler, Michael lost his Minolta-16 camera, but immediately went onto the eBay to get a replacement and picked up for a good price a Minolta-16 Ps camera. Released in 1964, the Ps features a 25mm f/3.5 lens and two shutter speeds 1/30” or 1/100”. You set the aperture manually using a ‘weather’ gauge, which has both icons for the light condition, or by the actual aperture. Sadly it doesn’t have the cool ‘spy’ style shooting.
Of course, Michael isn’t the only one around the table with a Minolta Spy Camera. You’ll recognize these cameras automatically, as they have the classic slid shutter/film advance that you see in spy films. Both Mark and John have these beauties as well. These cameras first appeared on the market in 1956, designed around Chiyoda’s 16mm film cartridge, which is different from the better known 110 cartridges that Kodak released in 1972. The first Minolta-16 features a similar lens to Michael’s version and is completely manual with three shutter speeds (1/25, 1/50, and 1/200) and apertures between f/3.5 to f/11. The lens is fixed focus. But you can add on close-up filters to help with getting closer focus on your subject. Just make sure you’re not already shooting through one of these filters. The second version the Minolta-16 II has more shutter speeds, a slightly wider lens at 22mm with a f/2.8 lens. There is a whole slew of accessories that were produced for this camera. Filters, Tripods, even flashes (connected via a PC Socket) could be added to really trick out these cameras.
But the big daddy of these Minolta-16 cameras is the 1966 Minolta-16 MG. You have full exposure metering thanks to a selenium meter that uses an EV system with the shutter speed and aperture settings are linked. Mark finds this a little annoying. A 20mm Rokkor lens at f/2.8 with a portrait element that can be slid in front of the lens. All the original accessories sadly cannot be used on this camera, but there were plenty of others that can be used with the camera including a PC Socket for a flash connection. However, for Mark, this is a shelf-queen as he prefers to shoot with the Minolta-16 II.
The real question is where do you get the film and how do you get it processed? The number one thing you’ll need is the Minolta Cartridge and some 16mm film or slit down 35mm to 16mm you don’t even need sprockets. The cartridge already comes apart into three pieces, top, bottom, and the take-up spool. Each cartridge has room for 20 exposures so you’re looking at about 18 inches of film, just tape the one end to the take-up spool. And that’s it! If you’re looking for bulk rolls of film, the FPP Store carries it! Just note the cameras are cheap, but the spare cartridges are costly these days. As for processing most labs that handle 110 films can support 16mm so our friends at The Darkroom or Film Rescue International.
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Today’s outro music track is by “Train To Mercy” by The Walkabouts (from the motion picture soundtrack “Where The Air Is Cool And Dark” – A film by Brion Rockwell)
Editor’s Note: The FPP Gang never claims to know-it-all. Frequently they’re exploring “new-to-them” film formats. In this episode Mark Dalzell mentions that Minolta 16 film is the same size as Minox film. Nope, it’s not. Oops. Minox film will be covered in a future episode. What is Minox Film?