Author Archives: Mike Hessey

About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.


I haven’t finished the film in the Agfa Silette yet, but I did finish one in the Baby Sibyl. I’ve developed its now, but I still have to do the scanning, which is very tedious and often requires several scans … Continue reading

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Uninteresting box?!

Although I no longer have my original Agfa Silette from 1959, I still have the box it came in, with the price marked on it! I’m about half way through the first film I put in the ‘new’ Silette, so … Continue reading

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Agfa Silette

I still have my first camera and my second 35mm camera (see recent posts), but the first 35mm camera was part-exchanged for the second one. However, I have managed to find one on eBay, and it arrived today! I think … Continue reading

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My first camera

Agfa Synchro box, which my father gave me for my 7th birthday in 1952. I’d been allowed to press the shutter release on my father’s camera a few times before this, and watched him developing film in the bathroom. I’m … Continue reading

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Minolta Spotmeter

Dismal weather means that I’m continuing to photograph thins in the ‘studio’ rather than attempting to find anything outside which I can photograph. I used to use the spotmeter quite a lot when shooting monochrome landscape with my medium format … Continue reading

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From the 1960’s

This was my second 35mm camera – a Kodak Retinette 1B from about 1960. It was my first camera with a built-in meter (a selenium cell of course in that era).Kodak ¬†produced some quite decent cameras in those days, though … Continue reading

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Even older than me!

After yesterday’s photo of an exposure meter, which is probably around 30 years old, I thought I’d photograph something a bit older. This is a Baby Sibyl, the roll film version using 127 film. The camera is certainly pre- World … Continue reading

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