I’ve recently been taking photo’s with a 1966 half frame camera, the Canon Demi EE17. I’d decided to use a high grade film, hoping to get some great quality – though maybe I should’ve just stuck to a cheaper film for the first roll, and would’ve probably gotten similar results in terms of quality. But the camera certainly gives a vintage look to the photos. Though the difference between printing using an enlarger (the proper way of printing film photos) and scanning on a really cheap old film scanner, would certainly make a difference in how they’re outputted. I’m not too worried as the quality of the negative is what matters. I’ll hopefully get to print photos in the future the old fashion way, but right now, this is perfectly fine for my needs.
Above is the Camera in question, one of the most beautiful cameras I’ve ever seen. I didn’t even know anything about it until it came up on ebay whilst I was looking for Canon Canonet – a rangefinder known as a poor mans Leica. Though after learning about the Camera, and it been half frame which I’d never heard of, I decided to buy one – imported from Japan, with it been so rare. It cost me around £55 for a great condition one, which included the delivery cost. I’d decided to buy one without a working light meter as having it in great condition with a working light meter was double the price, and I felt that paying that much when the light meter could stop working soon after purchasing, I decided not too.
Half frame allows you to take twice as many photographs on one roll of film, for example – turning a 36 exposure film into a 72 roll. Half frame became popular because of colour film been quite expensive. The difference is, half frame shoots portrait, the height of 35mm film, but instead it keeps the proportions of a normal photograph, and it allows you to fit two portrait shots in one 35mm frame. You can also do landscape shots above each other, and extend it to panoramic photos. The camera orientation is Portrait, instead of landscape.
Scanned on Epson V300, dust and oily marks included. (I really need to get some gloves…)
One thing I’d noticed and seen before purchasing this camera, is that people often display shots shown together as they were taken and you get to create a little narrative with photographs, like below.