Roll 59. Rapid Omega 100.

I bought some nice 120 film, and felt it would be wasted in the Empire Junior, so I bought an old Rapid-Omega 100 camera off Ebay. In their day they were popular with wedding photographers due to the rapid action and fast range-finder focusing.

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The camera’s weakness was the fast film advance that could get problems with age and wear to the mechanism, resulting in erratic frame spacing.

Dark end of the tunnel. Ultrafine Plus in Maco Ecoprint 1+100 for 40 min at 20C.

Dark end of the tunnel. Ultrafine Plus in Maco Ecoprint 1+100 for 40 min at 20C.

Eager to try the camera I loaded it with a roll of the Ultrafine Plus film that I’ve been having problems with, no harm done if the camera was bad.

After a false start where I shot the whole roll with the dark slide still in place and had to respool the film and shoot it again I developed with some trepidation.

Reflections. Ultrafine Plus in Maco Ecoprint 1+100 for 40 min at 20C.

Reflections. Ultrafine Plus in Maco Ecoprint 1+100 for 40 min at 20C.

The frame spacing was bad, but not horrible. I get nine frames on a roll of 120 film, instead of the intended ten. I say it’s good enough.

The pictures are not very sharp, but it could be due to the primitive scanning arrangements I have to use for the curly Ultrafine Plus film. Or simply camera shake, the steel frame makes it very heavy and hard to hold still for any extended time.

Meeting. Ultrafine Plus in Maco Ecoprint 1+100 for 40 min at 20C.

Meeting. Ultrafine Plus in Maco Ecoprint 1+100 for 40 min at 20C.

The current ratio of good to bad Ultrafine Plus rolls is five good good rolls to four bad rolls with dots, spots and numbers on the film. I loaded the last roll of the second opened carton in the camera this morning, but haven’t had the time to shoot it yet. If it comes out with acceptable frame spacing I’ll stick one of the nice rolls in the camera next.

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