While rummaging throught the attic today I discovered a drawer full of old films.
In there was one still sealed Minolta 16mm and two still sealed Plus-X 110 casettes.
Seems like I'm about to bring some old warriors back in use! I also found an Agfa 126 casette, color slide film, first time Ive found film - outdated and neglected for years and years, that is more valuable today than new!
Erik, a little off topic, but I hope you can help me, I have a Kiev 30 16mm camera with a Russian handbook, what length do I cut the film ?
I have 5 cassettes that I bought with the camera. My plan was to change the take up spool with my Minolta 16 so that I can use the Russian cassettes (the Minolta being difficult to get hold of, I now have 1 courtesy of Murray).
Dai: as I recall 54 cm, you do the math for 12-finger humanoids!
I have several Minolta casettes, I'll go through them and decide what i *need*. But don't hold your breath! (you have only one casette? see how mankind has stooped, back in the day you where RICH if you had one!!!)
I was lucky when autofocus SLRs was introduced, Minolta made a huge succes at the time, and the local dealer was grabbed by a younger, more eager..... When he started to sell his new models, some older SLR came to the light, and lots of stuff for the Minolta 16's, at the time I was recently divorced, and very, very poor (!!) but I managed to get at least one of each of what was in the boxed, close focus lense and so forth.
I bought a Minolta 16 -II back in 1972, I still have the camera, and quickly got a set of close focus lenses for it. I used that camera as my day to day notebook for a couple of years, used 16mm USAF guncamera B&W film and cut that myself in a darkroom to - yes! 54 cm. It was a very cheap form of photograpy, it cost me 1/7 cent per negative developed and archived, I still have all of those negatives... and a few Kodachrome & Ektachrome slides.
I say that my Minolta 16mm was pre-diugital, digital cameras, I aleways carried a camera, like todays mobile phone, and was free to photograp anything and take as many frames as I wanted, since it cost next to nothing.
At one point I started documenting old telegraph poles, the old ones where lovely! God beuatiful grainy results that made Tri X look like something out of the kindergarden amd ALL those telegraph poles are long gone now, since all have been digitized! I trhink I could get rich just writing an illustrated bokk about old telegraph poles!
I'll look through my old Minolta casettes, develop the films in cafenol (finegrain developer!) and see if the casettes are still useable. But don't hold your breath, I also have a life to live and take care of!
Erik, thank you for the prompt information and the kind thoughts. I now have a Minolta 16 Ps and a 16 QT. The Kiev 30 was just for the spool and the cassettes, but as the Kiev has a focusing lense and the 16 Ps does not it's a hard decision, I think another Kiev spool is needed.