"Art is a lie that shows us the truth" - Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

needs to jam

Watching this video my brother Dennis showed me, I feel I need to make some music again. He was right in saying that watching this video would make me miss our "jamming" days back home.I like this song and now I'm loving it even more. I think I need to call my friend here who plays guitar (although I think he's into louder music). Time to make some music

The Fruit Bats cover Hall And Oates' "One On One"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

losing friends

This is one of the things I hate most in life. I mean, I value friendships..anybody who knows me well enough can attest to this. My natural phsychological weakness is that I'm a patholigical "pleaser". So when somebody stops regarding me as a friend, it hurts me deeply. Especially living here in Europe where I would practically do ANYTHING to make friends, much less maintain them. Sigh...



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kobena and GAF

The GAF 102 A and the Kobena 321 are with me already.My first "boxed" cameras. Yey

The GAF was at first extremely disappointing. Unboxing revealed that the flimsy film compartment latch was coming off. Also, the viewfinder was blurry. Worst of all, after putting fresh batteries in, the motor wasn't powering on.

It turned out that a small circular lens became detached from the viewfinder. This, along with the latch problem, could be remedied with some super glue. And with further trying, the film transport motor powered on. I immediately put in the Revue cartridge I found on the Kobena and started exposing (why, do you ask, did I not expose it on the camera I found it on?...read on).

I paid more than I think I should have for this, but I think that its worth it since I really fell in love with its unusual design.

As for the afformentioned Kobena, well the battery compartment was extremely corodded. Let's just say I'm still in the process of cleaning and reviving her. Updates soon


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Collection Update

I thought about bringing out my collection, you know, just to see what I have at the moment. I now have 20 cameras, 17 of which I laid on the living room table. The 3 left out were at hand, but I just didn't get around to including them. Anyway, here they are..

In this section, we have my prized 10 euro Leicina RT-1, the two Russians, a Sankyo, and two that are unfortunately not functioning (yet!). Its the Eumig and the Agfa.

The next section has my current fave, the Bolex, a Nizo, 2 Bauers, and what's looking to be my straight8 camera, the Yashica.

Finally, here we have 3 Revues, a Lancia, and my 2 Canon 514 xl's.

The whole Super 8 thing (filming, collecting) keeps me sane these days..

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bolex 155 and Tri-x possibilities

COMMONPLACE from MSL on Vimeo.

Bolex 155 Vintage Ad

Post presents

Well not really presents because they're all paid for. But still, it was great to receive them. The first one was the book "The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films". I hope this helps me think of a concept for the Straight8 thing.

The next two are these packages (which turned out to be HUGE) that were delivered to tita Erma's place in Trier. I usually have packages that originate in Germany sent to her address (genius right?).

One is the Revue Direct sound 8 that came in an even bigger leather case. The camera seemed to be ok, and sure enough the film transport still works when I tested it. The only problem is the lens, it looks like its scratched or with Fungus or something. Further testing and inspection to follow. Did I mention this thing was damn heavy?

The other was my much-awaited Bolex 155 macrozoom. Yes, my first Swiss. i popped in 4 batteries and at first it looked like it wasn't functional. But after some persistence, it turned out to be a working piece. It's simply a thing of beauty. Stats and reviews for both cameras soon.



Ok this is a day or two overdue, but I just really wanted to show this on here. The sushi resto that I am working at (nicest people you'll ever see), keeps giving me what else..sushi! Well maki to be precise. And a lot of em!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Photo shop Finds

Went to Fototrade near our place with tita Erma the other day, and got these misc stuff. First off, two cameras. A Lancia EM-52, and an Agfa Microflex.

I wasn't really going to get the Lancia, but tita Erma put up a good bargaining session, so I got it anyway. It's a bit beat-up, with the metal of the lens a bit dented. It was also missing its battery pack.

But when I tested it with a batt pack from my CE 40, it still functions, so I'm a bit pleased with it.

The Agfa was another story. This I was really planning to buy (because of the cuteness factor I guess), and even the corroded batt contacts didn't deter me. Alas, all is not well, as even cleaning wasn't enough to get this baby rolling again. Oh well, they gave a good price for it so its a good deal nonetheless. It's another cam on my repair list.

I also got a nice bag for my Leicina for 5€. Its got a nice lock as well.

Also got a filter of sorts. Its the only one to fit my Revue so I got it , for 2€. I also got a lens cap for my RT-1.

Can't wait to go back there and do some more digging...


Monday, February 8, 2010

of Tri-X's and projectors

This package came in the mail today. Its the two Tri-X's and the all important Osram projector bulb I ordered from the ever dependable BlueCinetech in UK. Let me just say, these guys are real pro's. They even wrote some apologies on the invoice for the late deliveries (not that I was in a hurry in the first place). Great doing business with these people.

So here are the two B&W film cartidges, which according to my test shoot batch list, will be exposed by my Nizo 116 and Revue CE 40. These are two of my better-conditioned cameras, and I am raring to shoot some footage with them. If only I can get some sun here in my neck of the woods..

As for the much needed bulb, I proceeded to put it on the projector right away..with excellent results! I'm almost done watching the disney/woody woodpecker flick I have haha..I think its time to watch some more films on it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Zenit Quarz 1x8C-2

This is my Zenit Quarz (Qvarz) 1x8C-2 (export version name,original name - 1x8S-2). Its an old spring driven Russian beauty. Just by handling it you get the feeling of sturdiness from its metal body. Haven't shot with this one, but its on my next batch. Here are her specs from super8aid:

marketed since 1974 until 1993
production: 30,1102 u
silent super 8 cartridge
film frame: 4.22 x 5.69 mm
lens: Meteor-8M-1 f: 1.8 \ F: 9-38 mm
zooming ratio: 4.2x
focusing: manual, microprism
zooming: manual
filter size: 46 mm
viewfinder: single-lens reflex with adjustable eyepiece: +/- 5 diopters
viewfinder information: f-stop scale at the bottom of the frame
exposure: auto and manual exposure control; TTL Electric Eye
aperture range: f/1.8 to f/22
CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, with filter selector
film speed: auto for 40/50 ASA (18 DIN)
exposure compensation: +/- 2 f/stops (2)
filming speed: 9, 12, 18, 24, 32 fps, single frame
shutter opening angle: <180 degrees
shutter speed: 1/22 sec for 9 fps, 1/29 sec for 12 fps, 1/43 sec for 18 fps, 1/58 sec for 24 fps, 1/77 sec for 32 fps
sound: no
cable release socket: yes
movie light socket: no
handle: detachable
camera drive: spring powered motor (about 33 seconds at 18 fps)
power source: 2 x 1.3V batteries for light meter (PX13 o PX625)
battery check button: no
film counter: yes
weight: 1100 g (2.42 lb)
dimensions: 70 x 105 x 200 mm
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Russia by Zenit
(1) russian name: 1x8C-2; exportation name: 1x8S-2
(2) this camera uses an adjustable switch for setting the film speed. Film speed settings:
12 ASA (12 DIN) with -2 f/stop
32/25 ASA (15 DIN) with -1 f/stop
50/40 ASA (18 DIN) with 0 f/stop
100 ASA (21 DIN) with +1 f/stop
200 ASA (24 DIN) with +2 f/stop
I had my mind on Tri-X for it, but then I noticed that it was on the "Cameras that will not meter correctly, but have manual override" list on super8wiki. Now this got me thinking. I still have a LOT to learn on f-stops and stuff, and I would definitely need a copy of this camera's manual (my .pdf is in German). Maybe I'll ask around in forums as to just how I can manually override or set the meter on this thing..

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Canon 514 XL

I kind of miss my brother here with this one. Here are my twin (sic) Canon 514 XLs. One is from eBay, and the one who's in better shape is from a good friend and Super 8 buddy.

I plan to use it exclusively for B&W film. It is said to be a good low light camera.

marketed in october 1975
silent super 8 cartridge
image size: 4.2 x 5.7 mm
lens: Canon Zoom Lens C8 Macro f : 1.4 \ F: 9-45 mm
composition: 13 elements in 11 groups
zooming ratio: 5x
focusing: manual, 1.2 m to infinity
rangefinder: split image
macro focusing: 0.227 m from the film plane mark (field of view: 74 x 102 mm)
zooming: auto (coupled to film drive, 8 sec at 18 fps) and manual, rotation angle of 115 degrees
filter size: 43 mm
viewfinder: single-lens reflex type with adjustable eyepiece: -4 to +2 diopter
viewfinder information: aperture value, over/under-exposure warning signals, film transport indicator and battery check lamp
exposure control: automatic exposure control; TTL EE, CdS photocell
EE lock: yes
metering range: 250 ASA, f/1.4, 9 fps - 25 ASA, f/32, 18 fps
film speed: automatic for 25/40, 100/160 and 160/250 ISO (daylight/tungsten)
ASA notching: 2-pin
CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, automatically cancelled with loading of a daylight type film cartridge; manual cancellation is possible with filter switch
filming speed: 9, 18 fps, single frame
self timer: 10 seconds delay
shutter opening angle: 220 degrees
sound: no
remote control socket: no
cable release socket: yes
movie light socket: no
film counter: yes
handle: retractable, chamber for penlight batteries
battery check button: yes
film drive motor: DC micromotor
power source: 2 x AA batteries only
weight: 585 g
dimensions: 39 x 112 x 190.5 mm
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Japan by Canon


Sankyo MF 303

Here is my Sankyo MF 303. Its one of the cameras that can correctly meter 64T.

Sankyo MF 303 Macro Focus
marketed in 1972
silent super 8 cartridge
lens: Sankyo Macro Zoom f: 1.8 \ F: 9-30 mm
zooming ratio: 3.3x
focusing: manual, aerial
macro focusing: yes
zooming: auto and manual
filter size: ?
viewfinder: single-lens reflex with adjustable eyepiece
exposure: auto and manual exposure control; TTL EE, CdS cell
film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA (daylight/tungsten)
CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, coupled with movie light socket
filming speed: 18 fps, single frame
shutter opening angle: 220 degrees
sound: no
remote control socket: yes
cable release socket: yes
movie light socket: screw type
film counter: yes
handle: retractable, chamber for penlight batteries
battery check button: yes
power source: 4 x AA batteries only
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Japan by Sankyo Seiki

Its number 4 on my test shoot lineup. Here's to nice movies with it.


Bauer C 107 XL

This is a Bauer C 107 XL. I would say that it's in good condition.

There's the zoom rocker, the power slide switch, and the filming speed selector on top.

And just look at that intervalometer. I hope to use it to shoot some "interesting" stuff.

Here are her specs (from super8data):
marketed in 1977
silent super 8 cartridge
lens: Bauer Macro-Neovaron f: 1.2 \ F: 7-45 mm
zooming ratio: 6.4x
focusing: manual, split image, 1.5 to infinity
macro focusing: yes
zooming: auto and manual
filter size: 55 mm
viewfinder: single-lens reflex with adjustable eyepiece
viewfinder information: aperture scale, exposure marks, battery condition led, film transport indicator
exposure: auto and manual exposure control; TTL Electric Eye
backlight control button: yes
CCA filter: built-in 85Afilter, with filter control switch
film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA only (daylight/tungsten)
filming speed: 9, 18, 36 fps, single frame
shutter opening angle: 225 degrees
fading: auto fade-in/fade-out
interval timer: 1 fps to 6 frames per minute
sound: no
remote control socket: yes
movie light socket: no
flash synchronization socket: yes
film counter: yes
handle: retractable, chamber for penlight batteries
power source: 4 x AA batteries only
weight: 1100 g
dimensions: 60 x 175 x 230 mm
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Malaysia by Bauer


Monday, January 25, 2010

Hard Language

I am currently writing and posting this blog from the Institute National des Langues in Luxembourg city, trying to get a place for the beginner's Luxembourgish class. Maybe I've been away from my normally busy and chaotic Manila, but this is crazy. I'm at a loss for words as to how unorganized the lines are here, so I'll just show you a pic (a thousand words worth).

Yes, those are 4 Police cars with I think at least 12 officers, brought in to maintain order. Ah bon, c'est la vie....


Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Purpose in Life (for the next 2 months anyway)

I stumbled on the Straight8 website and read about how they have these "contests" and screenings of Super 8 films. The difference about them is that they are one-take, no edit, single- cartridge movies. And I'm thinking "hey, I can do this". Which is just what I'm going to do (or try to).

So these are the things I'll do in the next couple of weeks:

  • test shoot with my cameras
  • learn more about filming
  • raise or come up with GBP 85.24 (the entry fee with one super 8 cartridge)

The deadline for the submission of the entry is on 7 March 2010, and for the audio is 14 March 2010. Got my work cut out for me.

here's a sneak peek into what it's all about:



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Good News, Bad News

Ok first up the bad news. My second attempt to repair (cleaning mostly) the Eumig was in vain. It has a complicated shutter release/button system, and getting to its "guts" wasn't really that easy. Needless to say I will try again soon.

The good news is, i managed to make progress with the Sankyo CM 8 double 8 camera. I tried connecting 4 AAs via a battery pack, and whaddya know, its motor started whirring! I will connect the batt pack to it soon.

Ok ok, I know what you're saying. Where am I going to find double 8 film and a place to have it processed. Well I'm really concentrating on Super 8, but its still a great feeling when something that you thought didn't work, works. And I'd like to believe that I'm learning more and more about these cameras.


Its alive!

The Yashica Electro 8 LD 6 works! I suspected the battery contacts being corroded, and when I cleaned it a bit, it worked!


Friday, January 22, 2010

2 new (old) cameras

I got these two a couple of days ago. I had them mailed to my tita Erma's in Trier. The one on top is a Revue CE 40 and on the bottom is a Yashica Electro LD 6.
The Revue worked right away, and I mean right away because it came with batteries inside! (although there was a little bit of leak so I threw them away). It came with the manual (in German), and also a little tripod-thing.
The Yashica is another story. I was looking forward to this one more because it is one of the "few", one of the 64T-friendly cameras. It came with its case, a manual (German), and some accessories. I tried putting batteries in but it didn't work. Of course I will work on it more, along with my Eumig Viennette 8, as these (along with the Leicina), are my only Ektachrome hopefuls. Details on each camera soon.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Lechon Manok

It's been a while since I posted something recipe- or food-related. Then again its been a while since I cooked something in a relaxed or enthusiastic situation. This is a Lechon Manok (roasted chicken) whose recipe I got from Peachy of YouTube fame. Its pretty easy, with only garlic, onions, pepper & salt, orange and lemon juice, and some other spices as ingredients. Then just toss it in the oven and turn once in a while, as well as brush on the glaze. The skin turned out to be nice and crispy, and the flesh is ok too. Might need some ketchup or something when eating, but otherwise this recipe was a success.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A moment of projection

The revue works! I mean, it projects film properly. I finally got around to trying the film I bought for it. It worked great, for a couple of minutes at least. Then the bulb died. So now I need to find a 100w 12v Halogen bulb for it. Updates soon.


Friday, January 15, 2010


Leicina RT-1.wow!