I dug out a nifty old No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr. 116 film camera from my collection for this week's featured camera. The model I have is one that was manufactured in the 1920's and features an f7.9 lens with Time, Bulb, 25 and 50 shutter speeds. The focusing range is from 6 feet to 100 feet with a maximum f-stop of 45. The camera is in great condition and I checked it over fully before researching what I might need to do to get it to work with 120 film. I found several postings online and a youtube video of a hack using zip ties positioned at one end of the 116 spools to better fit the 120 film. This creates five photos from one roll of film, though I made a mistake when counting the frames which caused the first two shots to overlap. I also experienced light leaks in the last two frames, probably because the film was not wound tightly enough at the end of the spool.
I thought it would be neat to get a few photos of the aftermath of the huge snowstorm we had last weekend, but I didn't really see any interesting photo opportunities when we walked around town last Sunday. I wound up shooting a couple of portrait photos of Brenda in my studio for the last few shots on the roll. I developed the film in Caffenol C - I've had good results from the recipe that I found on the Photojojo website a couple of years ago when I first started developing my own film. The process is to mix 4 3/4 teaspoons of super washing soda in 9 ounces of room temperature water and combine it with 7 1/2 teaspoons of instant coffee and 3/4 teaspoon of vitamin C powder mixed with 9 ounces of water. I develop for 9 minutes, use a water stop bath, and fix for 5 minutes. I use the cheapest instant coffee I can get, usually at the Dollar Tree. It seems to work really well with the Shanghai GP3 100 pan film that I buy from ebay to test out the cameras in my collection. Scanning was done on Epson V500 photo.