Mountains, lakes, cheese and chocolate. Fondue, trains, croissants and Swiss Army pocket knives. In August we spent an amazing five days and four nights in Switzerland. But what’s the link between Switzerland and cheap Instax Wide film?

Episode summary

  • Arrivng in Switzerland
  • My previous trips to Switerland in 1995 and 2007
  • Journey to Wengen in the Jungfrau region
  • Trip to see the snow at the Jungfraujoch
  • Day trip to Grindewald First to experience the First Glider, mountain karting, and trotti bikes!
  • Golden Pass line from Interlaken to Montreux
  • Beautiful Montreux on Lake Geneva
  • Chateau de Chillon
  • Day trip to Gruyeres
  • Shopping in Geneva

Images talked about in this episode

Wengen, Fujifilm X-T3. (Please forgive a rare digital image on Matt Loves Cameras!)

View from the gondola. Fujifilm Klasse S on Kodak Portra 400.

Grindewald First. Mint InstantKon RF70 on Instax Wide.

A promotional photo for the First Glider showing the activity in good weather!

Tissot Cliff Walk, Fujifilm X-T3

Kids on the cliff walk! Fujifilm X-T3

Alpine cows, Grindewald. Mint InstantKon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Mountain bike! Disderi Robot with Kodak Gold 200

Mountain chalet. Olympus LT-1 on Kodak Gold 200.

Flowers on Lake Geneva, Fujifilm Klasse S with Kodak Portra 400.

Flowers, Lake Geneva. Olympus XA on Kodak Gold 200.

Flowers on Lake Geneva, Olympus LT-1 on Kodak Gold 200.

Flowers, Lake Geneva. Mint InstantKon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Feeding the birds, Olympus LT-1 on Kodak Gold 200.

Swans, Lake Geneva, Olympus LT-1 on Kodak Gold 200.

Boarding the paddle steamer, Montreux. Olympus LT-1 with Kodak Gold 200.

Chateau de Chillon, Disderi Robot with Kodak Gold 200.

Chateau de Chillon, Olympus LT-1 on Kodak Gold 200.

On the Belle Epoque paddle boat, Lake Geneva. Disderi Robot with Kodak Gold 200.

Kids enjoying the boat ride! Disderi Robot with Kodak Gold 200.

Swan, Lake Geneva. Disderi Robot with Kodak Gold 200.

On Lake Geneva, Fujifilm Klasse S with Kodak Portra 400.

La Gruyere train, Disderi Robot with Kodak Gold 200.

View from the station, Montreux. Mint InstantKon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Four days, three nights in steamy Hong Kong with a Mint InstantKon RF70 and a fistful of point and shoots. Markets, tram rides, protests, and too many rollercoasters… but how many cameras did I take on my overseas holiday? That is the big question.

Episode summary

  • Our trip – one month overseas in Hong Kong, Switzerland and the UK
  • Cameras and film I took with me with – carry on
  • Cameras I took with me – checked baggage
  • Hong Kong arrival
  • Hong Kong
    • Markets
    • Star Ferry
    • Champagne Court camera stores
    • Mint Camera store
    • Hong Kong trams
  • Lots of drama the night we left Hong Kong
  • Holga Week – did you shoot your Holga?
  • Find out more about the 2019 Emulsive Secret Santa – if you sign up, put on the form that you found out about it from Matt Loves Cameras and maybe Em will *finally* add us to his list of film photography podcasts!
  • Episode 18 encouraged Sergio from Fresno, CA to buy a Mint InstantKon RF70!

Hong Kong markets

Bird Market, Hong Kong. Fujifilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Market Produce, Hong Kong. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400. The Klasse S and XA shots are almost identical!

Market produce, Hong Kong. Olympus XA on Kodak Gold 200.

Love the colours! Hong Kong. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Flower Market, Hong Kong. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Beautiful blooms at the Flower Market. Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

 

Hong Kong street scene, Disderi Robot on Kodak Gold 200.

Protests

Terrible photo, but the only one I got of the protests. Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Star Ferry

Bus station at Kowloon. Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Star Ferry. Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Hong Kong Harbour. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Lens fog on the Star Ferry. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Hong Kong Harbour. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Hong Kong Island. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Need a rickshaw? Call Mr Hung! Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

Dusk over the harbour. Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Champagne Court

Olympus XA and Lomo LC-A

Leica lenses – as a rough guide, divide by 8 for USD, by 10 for GBP and 5 for AUD

Olympus Pen cameras

Nikon lenses at Champagne Court

Hong Kong trams

Taking a selfie on a Hong Kong tram. Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Trams on Hong Kong island. Fujfilm Klasse S, Kodak Portra 400.

View from the back of a tram, Hong Kong. Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Hong Kong trams. Why were they all lined up at 4pm? Listen to the episode and find out! Mint Instantkon RF70 on Instax Wide.

Our departure

Holiday Inn had almost closed up by the time we wanted to leave for the airport.

My wife is a little alarmed by the crowds gathering

In this episode I review another pre-exposed film: Psychedelic Blues #2.  Check out the photos that I took with this fun, colourful film.

I also read some wonderful letters from listener Alan Daly – a former Polaroid sales rep from the UK! Make sure you check out Alan’s photos below, published with his kind permission.

Summary of episode 13 of Matt Loves Cameras

  • Psychedelic Blues film
  • Overview of pre-exposed films
    • Companies selling pre-exposed film
    • Typical costs
  • Why shoot with a pre-exposed film?
  • Differences between Yodica film that I shot and Psych Blues
  • Explanation of how Psych Blues is made
  • Description of Psych Blues #2
  • Lovely letters from listener Alan Daly in the UK. Alan is a former Polaroid sales rep! Check out the photos below!

Images I shot with Psych Blues film on an Olympus MJU II / Stylus Epic

My daughter at the shops – next time I will shoot a whole lot more portraits with this film!

William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane

Cinemas in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Vespa!

Pretty flowers outside the Treasury Hotel, Brisbane

More pretty flowers outside the Treasury Hotel, Brisbane

Ford Mustang for sale!

Rear section of the Ford Mustang

Check out these amazing Polaroid images courtesy of Alan Daly

Thanks so much to listener Alan Daly for getting in touch and giving me permission to share these amazing photos he took!

Wakka wakka! It’s Fozzie Bear! Check out the transparent 660 camera in the bottom right of this image.

UK Polaroid sales conference in Malta, August 1981

Alan’s self portrait!

 

Alan took this photo of Formula One champ James Hunt!

Join the dark slide… I mean dark side!

Episode 11 summary

  • Shooting photos on Campuhan Ridge, Ubud, Bali
  • Shooting film photos at Borobudur Temple and Market
  • What I would do differently on the next trip
  • Random travel related shoutouts!

Shoutouts

Images discussed in Episode 11 of Matt Loves Cameras

Ubud, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Cinestill 800T film.

Ubud, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Cinestill 800T film.

Early morning at Campuhan Ridge, Ubud, Bali. Olympus LT-1 with Kodak Gold 200.

Titra Empul temple, Bali. Olympus LT-1 with Kodak Gold 200.

Java, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Cinestill 800T film.

Borobudur, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Cinestill 800T film.

Borobudur Temple, Indonesia. Olympus LT-1 with Kodak Gold 200.

Borobudur Temple, Indonesia. Olympus LT-1 with Kodak Gold 200.

Borobudur Market, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Cinestill 800T film.

Flowers at Borobudur Market, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Fujifilm Superia 1600 film.

Eggs in Borobudur Market, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Fujifilm Superia 1600 film.

More eggs in Borobudur Market. Fujifilm Klasse S with Fujifilm Superia 1600 film.

Some friendly people in the market. Fujifilm Klasse S with Fujifilm Superia 1600 film.

Love the colours of the chillies! Borobudur, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Fujifilm Superia 1600 film.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Fujifilm Klasse S with Fujifilm Superia 1600 film.

 

In episode 10 of Matt Loves Cameras I review one of the SMALLEST 35mm cameras ever made! It’s not the Rollei 35, it’s not the Olympus XA or the Olympus MJU II / Stylus Epic, it’s not even a Minox, though it’s very closely related to a Minox! Enter the Voigtlander Vito C!

I love the images I’ve captured with this camera and will continue to use this lovely little camera. Marshall Dalmatian makes a most unwelcome podcast debut halfway through this episode.

Episode 10 summary

  • Similar cameras made by Balda: Minox 35, Balda C35, Voigtlander Vito C
  • Brief history of Balda – folding cameras, making cameras for other companies, World War 2, move to West Germany
  • Differences between the compact Balda made cameras: aperture priority, exposure compensation, batteries
  • Voigtlander Vito C specifications and description
  • Is this the best pocket camera? maybe…
  • How I got this camera
  • Images taken with the Balda-made Voigtlander Vito C
  • Curious light leak
  • Ratings

Shout outs

Images taken with the Voigtlander Vito C

Sydney Harbour, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Sydney, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed.

Sydney, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Frame burn! Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

 

Frame burn! Espresso Engine, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Outside John Mills Himself, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Cleveland Lighthouse, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400. Check out the light leak!

Swim time! Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Sarah in a field, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Park Road station. Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160, developed in E6.

My faithful companion, Marshall Dalmatian. Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160 developed in E6.

Brisbane City. Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160 developed in E6.

Letterboxes, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160 developed in E6.

Circular Quay, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

Sydney, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

Episode 8 summary

  • Expired Film Day 2019
  • Shooting expired colour print film
  • Shooting expired colour transparency film
  • Shooting 2003 Kodak Ektachrome 64T colour transparency film in my Fujifilm Klasse S
  • Shooting 2011 Lomography Colour 200 Slide film in a Voigtlander Vito C (Minox looking plastic camera)
  • Description of the images (see them below)
  • I won the Sunny 16 Cheap Shots Challenge! Check out the images I shot in the Episode 4 show notes
  • Selling expired vintage 16mm Kodak film to Mike Raso from the Film Photography Project
  • My order from the Film Photography Project store – including FPP Retrochrome film
  • New film photography podcasts: Uncle Jonesy’s Cameras, Grainy Dayz and Embrace the Grain

Shoutouts

Images taken with expired slide film

Details for each image in the caption.

Aparments in South Brisbane shot on 2003 Kodak Ektachrome 64T transparency film on my Fujifilm Klasse S (rated at ISO 50).

Leading lines, South Brisbane. Building in South Brisbane shot on 2003 Kodak Ektachrome 64T transparency film on my Fujifilm Klasse S (rated at ISO 50).

Albert Street, Brisbane. Leading lines, South Brisbane. Shot on 2003 Kodak Ektachrome 64T transparency film on my Fujifilm Klasse S (rated at ISO 50).

My faithful companion, Marshall Dalmatian. 2011 Lomography Colour 200 Slide film (rated at ISO 160) in a Voigtlander Vito C plastic camera.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens. 2011 Lomography Colour 200 Slide film (rated at ISO 160) in a Voigtlander Vito C plastic camera.

South Bank, Brisbane (image inverted). 2011 Lomography Colour 200 Slide film (rated at ISO 160) in a Voigtlander Vito C plastic camera.

 

Have you ever used a pre-exposed film? Did you love it? Hate it? Or would you never even consider it?

I’ve bought three rolls of pre-exposed film from three different brands. Here is the review of the Yodica Antares film, shot on an Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity). Because if you’re going to shoot a film that many photographers hate, why not shoot it on a camera many photographers hate?

Also a reminder about Expired Film Day coming up on 15-16-17 March 2019!

Summary of episode 7 of Matt Loves Cameras

  • Introduction
  • Different pre-exposed films on the market
  • Why shoot with a pre-exposed film?
  • About Yodica Films
  • Images shot with Yodica Antares

Shoutouts

Images taken on Yodica Antares film

Stop the press! I have just updated this episode with some very important information thanks to Jennyfer in the comments below. Yodica films have no DX code. I shot this roll in an Olympus MJU II which defaults to ISO100 when there is no DX code. These images were shot at two stops overexposed, which is why the pre-exposed colours are either not at strong as they should be, or non-existent in some frames! Remember this if you shoot a Yodica film – either shoot in a camera where you can set the ISO or carefully remove the label to expose the DX code.

My daughter in a field. I love this shot! Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity)

Road trip sunflowers! Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity)

Murray’s Bridge Hall, Queensland. Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity)

Railway tracks. Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity)

My faithful companion! Marshall Dalmatian. Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity)

Blurry handheld shot of Brisbane at dusk. Next time I will take the tripod! Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity)

This is what happens when you leave the flash on at night! Look at those pre-exposed colours! Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic Infinity)

More sunflowers! Yodica Antares film shot on Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic)

Old country hotel

Wide open roads of country Queensland

No noticeable effect on this frame due to me shooting the film at 2 stops over

Livestock crossing

Get in touch

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An epic battle between two premium and compact all stars: the Fujifilm Klasse and the Fujifilm Klasse S!

How much would you pay for a premium compact camera? $200? $500? $1000? Last year I bought not one, but two premium compact cameras, both made by the same manufacturer in the 21st century.

I am of course talking about the Fujifilm Klasse and the Fujifilm Klasse S. I shot two rolls of film side by side with these cameras to see if there was any difference in image quality. The biggest differences between the two cameras is actually the feature set. Which one is right for you?

I also talk about the rising prices of premium compact cameras and the BEST reason to choose a cheap point and shoot camera – expectations! Also listen to why it’s always best to thoroughly research which camera you’re buying.

Episode 6 summary

  • Introduction
  • History of the development of the Klasse camera in 2001
  • The Rollei AFM 35 is the same camera
  • Fujifilm colour reversal films (slide films)
  • 2001: the peak of colour film sales
  • Fujifilm Klasse S and Fujifilm Klasse W released in 2007
  • Specfications for Fujifilm Klasse and Fujifilm Klasse S
  • Similarities and differences
  • What they’re like to shoot
  • Discussion of the images taken with both cameras (see images below)
  • Expectations: the one big reason why a cheap point and shoot is your best friend!
  • Weekly roundup

Shoutouts

Images taken with the Klasse and Klasse S

Check the captions for which camera was used.

 

Fujifilm Klasse S / C200

Fujifilm Klasse / Kodak Gold 200

Fujifilm Klasse / C200

Fujifilm Klasse S / Kodak Gold 200

Fujifilm Klasse / C200

Fujifilm Klasse / C200

Klasse (original) photographed by the Klasse S / Kodak Gold 200

Klasse S photographed by the Klasse (original) / Kodak Gold 200

Get in touch

If you have any feedback I’d love to hear from you! [email protected]