LEROUGE Pinhole cameras Review – Part 2

LEROUGE Pinhole cameras Review – Part 2 – Intro

As part of an ongoing project started several years ago: how to how to have fun (a hobby etc.) outside (or partially ) the digital world.

Here is part 2 of the LEROUGE Pinhole camera test. Part 1 can be read here.

This was a great adventure! Some nice unexpected things happened, really magically.

Chapter shortscuts

* Used The film type + loading the film
* Recording notes/ experiences
* First recording results
* Scanning the negatives
* Results, corrections & image analyses
* Almost ARD
* conclusion

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Used The film type + loading the film

Only used for this test the Color Implosion – Experimental color negative – from Adox. Later want to try other film types like B/W film, standard fims etc.

Below you can see some images of the whole loading film procedure:

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Recording notes/ experiences

The odd thing when taking pictures with the LEROUGE camera is the fact that after you have exposed a image, the transfer to the next (unexposed) image is not going automatically. You need to manually adjust it (after years of shooting digital that’s pretty weird). Also the Red version is panoramic so instead of turning the round (film transfer) button 1 time you need to turn it 1,5 time.

Next to that the exposure time needs to be set manually.

Bright sunshine: 2 sec
Hazy sunshine: 4 sec
Cloudy bright: 8 sec
Cloudy: 15 sec

Other thing noticing is that you must not forget closing the shutter it off course after exposing a image (pretty odd to keep thinking about too).

When you reach the end of the film you feel it, the film transfer button stuck. Now you can open the camera and move the film to the other side and close the camera again. Next you can rewind the film.

All this issues together makes the recording a true adventure.

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First recording results

Next thing to do is getting the film developed. Off course was extremely excited to bring the exposed first film to the company that can develop negative films. In this case brought it to the HEMA in the Netherlands. It was along time ago that needed to fill in the form from the envelop:

It takes 4 workdays until the film is developed. Just like the old days had the be patient, very good for your imagination too.

4 days later picked up the negatives and quickly opened to envelop…… and was completely surprised to see. It was not panoramic at all! It looked to say at least a bit weird. Have a ION Film 2 SD scanner here and scanned the images.

Could not remember shooting a rare blood-moon…..

…. or might I have accidentally opened a portal to another dimension?

Sended the strange looking images images to Marc Kairies and ask what could be wrong. He reacted quickly and told that the film would be most likely be installed wrongly. Indeed had the film mounted directly after the pinhole instead of on the back side (when you think about is some more is logically that the film is not projected correctly). The manual ( EnglishGerman pdf ) looked so easy (and also the camera is build very simple as you can see) not looked closely enough to such pretty important detail! The results are as you can see pretty wicked but looks great. You now know what to do if you want to create the same effect 🙂

Next ordered a couple of new Adox Color Implosion in the Netherlands at fotofilmfabriek so can do some new recordings this time with the film mounted correctly.

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Scanning the negatives

Recorded 3 new Adox Color Implosion films with several different topics. Again the films were developed at the Hema. So for showing the images on this website the images need to be scanned. Wanted to have the scan on a higher resolution then could make with ION scanner. And noticing here that scanning it myself is pretty difficult because of dust problems. Found on the internet a Dutch company that could scan the negatives for a affordable price: Scanit.

They made 70 scans at 20 MP. The cost are 57,25 Euro incl USB stick and signed post not that expensive. Another great service was that they sended some test scans to let me see if it was ok.

A extra note regarding the negatives: when got them back from the Hema saw that some images where cut partially. This is caused mostly by the panorama format of the LEROUGE 135 L. Its 1,5 wider the size of a standard 35 mm. When you would develop your own films you easily can avoid it (but developing your own color negatives is a bit more difficult then developing your own B/W negatives). It’s not be a big issue you easily can fix it with photo editing software. Mentioned it to Scanit and they told keeping an eye on it and make the scan a bit bigger (bigger then the edge of the image ).

Got everything back by signed post within about 5 days, and was surprised to see that Scanit did already some restoring regarding the cut images! Great service!

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Results, corrections & image analyses

Now it was time to make a small selection with some different subjects. The images are a bit edited in Photoshop by altering the levels, curves & vibrance. This was only done quickly so the images will be most likely more refine in the near future.

Some examples

Really like the images shot with the LEROUGE 135L. As you can see the images are pretty noisy (some more then the others). This is mainly due the fact of the film type that has been used. There is also missing some sharpness that could be caused by the fact that might have shaken the camera too much with opening/closing the shutter or the persons where moving? For sure that there are more other influences that causes the images to look like this. Extra note: have asked the permission to post the images from the persons who are visible except the person on the right in the train, not have his contact info so hope he’s ok with it.

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Almost ARD

Several images are not deliberately taken but they look pretty “arty” (please see below). Perhaps going to make series with such “accidentally?” taken images. The series might be called “Almost ARD”, althrough not sure about the name yet. Was already planning a online store for a new product in the near future, will most likely add the “Almost ARD” collection in it. It will be exclusive (after been bought you get the original negative too) or in very limited editions.

If the images will be sold will let the films scanned at a photolab. The quality will be higher but also the scanning price. A high quality scan could cost about 20 to 30 euro. For most work the scan service from the Scanit is more then enough.

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Had (and still have) great fun with shooting with LEROUGE 135L. So far its a great fantastic adventure for sure will record more images. Besides that the panoramic format of the LEROUGE 135L is really wonderful.

Shooting analog and specially with the LEROUGE 135L pinhole camera has more soul. You are much more connected with the shooting and the processing part. Another thing is time, the “rhythm” is different then shooting digital. No rush/hurry and that’s pretty relaxing. Also the excitement is back from bringing a full exposed film meanwhile fantasizing how it will look like, then you can pick up the present a couple days later, very exiting feeling like I had it in the past when started shooting images analog.

In the near future will launch a LEROUGE gallery here on this website. Already bought another Adox Color Explosion and some new films types a) Rollei Chrome CR 200 b) Cinestill XPro 50 Daylight to experiment with.

This is the end of the review of the magically LEROUGE camera’s. If you want adventure just buy it!

One last extra note about the shutter time:

Asked Marc Kairies a rather stupid question:

QUESTION: “When want to shoot indoor in the evening/ night with moody light how many seconds do I need to exposure the color explosion film? About 30 seconds?”

ANSWER: “There are classic exposure meters, smartphone apps even with a light meter available or a good belly feeling – there is no advice, it depends on the light – from a few seconds to many minutes (it does not depend on the seconds, but a flat of 30 seconds is not a good advice)”

He’s right off course that makes sense already decided to go for the autodidactical (normal modus here) approach (specially for the “Almost ARD” project) : a mix with luck, instinct, 299% motivation/passion, & some other ingredients that has no name yet. Besides that always to know things for sure is very boring!

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