12 MONTHS AND 12 FILM CAMERAS PROJECT

I’ve collected many film cameras over the years. And I’ve found a few nice blogs containing interesting posts where the author used a different film camera for one month over a period of a year, twelve cameras in total. I have decided to do the same as it sounds like fun and keep film alive!

Praktica B 200
Praktica B200 with Prakticar f/50mm  1.8
No rules, only that they have to be film cameras, one film per camera which can be shot across the entire (calendar) month. The project has started just now as of the 1st january 2017 and the camera I have chosen for the first month is the Praktica B200, the first camera I ever owned. The film will be processed at the end of every month. Some images will be published with info regarding the camera used as ease of use,handling, picture quality and look, as well as a little bit of it’s history.

For now I have a list of these cameras to use:

  1. Praktica B200
  2. Praktica MTL3
  3. Pentax MV – Soligor SR-300 MD
  4. Pentax P30t
  5. Lubitel 166 – Konica C35
  6. Walzflex
  7. Diana F+
  8. Olympus OM10
  9. Nikon EM
  10. Canon FT

I have to add two more cameras, I have no wishlist so anything is possible! Check back in february for the first post regarding my project ’12 months and 12 film cameras’.

I decided to use one kind of film as much as possible, Kodak Portra 400.

Praktica B200 – January 2017

The first camera I used in this project and the first SLR camera I ever owned, the Praktica B200

In the early 1980s I started to have a interest in photography. Windowshopping at the local photostore where I was looking at the cameras was my weekly schedule and the most interesting ones were the “pro” SLR cameras…

But without the budget I had to wait. But early 1982 I got a job at a supermarket and in a few months earned enough for a SLR within my humble budget, a “pro” black Praktica B200 with the standard lens Prakticar 50mm F/2.4.

Because I hadn’t used it in years I was eager to start the project with it! A fresh battery was inserted and the Praktica was brought back to life. All led’s in the viewfinder seemed to work, the shutter did click and the filmtransport was going smooth as in 1982. Loaded with Portra 400 me and the camera started the project…

Example pictures, january-february-march 2017


Techno info

The Praktica B200 was the first of the B series of cameras produced by Praktica in the late 1970’s. It offered manual and auto exposure, AE lock, ttl metering, exposure compensation, a new set of bayonet mount lenses and a new look compared to the earlier Praktica series.

Specifications:

  • Manual focus 35mm slr
  • Aperture priority auto exposure and fully manual
  • TTL metering with sensor on the mirror
  • ASA 25 to 3200 film speed range
  • Runs on a single 6v 4LR44 battery
  • Shutter speeds 40sec to 1/1000sec + B in auto 1sec to 1/1000 in manual
  • 8 sec self timer
  • Shutter lock
  • Exposure metering memory button
  • +/- 2 stops compensation
  • Praktica PB bayonet mount
  • Hot shoe and flash sync socket
  • Motor drive available
  • Sync at 1/90sec
  • Her you can find a handbook PDF


First roll, just finished in march, way to late…