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I visited Paris a couple of months ago for Paris Photo 2012 and took a few cameras with me, these were taken on my Yashica T3 using Fomapan 35mm 200 ISO black and white film. This was my first experience using Fomapan and I’m more than impressed. The film is super cheap and has a good black tone without being too punchy and has just the right amount of contrast. I’ve been warned that it can be a little blue/green toned and if processing the film yourself this is highlighted, but it wouldn’t put me off purchasing again.

You can buy Fomapan film here.

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In regards to the camera my Yashica T3 is a highly recommended point and shoot camera for the simple reason that it’s small, good quality and easy to use. I need glasses and so when I don’t have them with me focusing can be a nightmare and the Yashica uses autofocus so problem averted. It is also the weapon of choice for fashion photographer Terry Richardson however I think he uses a different model, maybe the Yashica T4. None the less his work is pretty good and if it’s good enough for a photographer that shoots for i-D magazine and Lady Gaga then ultimately its good enough for me.

Check out more of Terry Richardson’s work on his site or on his blog site Terry’s Diary

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Music blogged to- Keaton Henson ‘Birthdays'(2013) listen to the album on Spotify.

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with a 6×6 twin lens Yashica and its fair to say that I fell in love. The little Yashica is basically like a Rolleiflex, looks just as good but with half the price tag. I’ve been debating on downsizing to a smaller camera for a long time, in the past I’ve shot with a Mamiya RZ67, an amazing camera that served its purpose but now I don’t have a studio facility to hand and I’m to lazy to lug around a tripod it’s sadly been collecting dust. So as a means to start taking more pictures I thought it would better to trial something a little more portable but still a medium format.

I got my trial Yashica film processed and these are few of the results, up until frame 8 I was doing well until I tried to use the wheel that winds the film on as the focus, so one of the snaps is a little overlapped, however it doesn’t look awful and sometimes mistakes can end up looking neat. Shot over a few weekends spread across Devon and Sussex.

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Film used- 120mm Kodak Portra 400 ISO (buy here)

Music blogged to- Allah Lahs ‘Allah Lahs’ (2012), listen to the album on Spotify.