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    Let's Take Pictures
    This is the guidance to taking photograph with MYCRO. Although you need to apply time and effort in all process, but you will be able to take pictures surely!  


 
PROCESSES COMMENTS
film making
required materials:
First, it is better way, get the film with back paper of those days, and reuse the spool attached to your MYCRO, then create the films.

film:
Cut the 120 film into 4. Then the width of one piece becomes about 16mm.

leader Paper:
Reuse the leader paper of the old paper backed film for MYCRO; or make a new leader paper but make sure to write the numbers in the same position based on the old leader paper.

spool:
Spools often comes with the camera. To take pictures, you have to get it.

NOTE : When cutting and winding films, you must do it in the darkroom or use a totally dark film changing bag.


making film
First, cut the 120 size film in 16mm widths.
Next make a new back paper from 120 film cut to 17.5mm width, and paste the film on it. Practice may be necessary to wind the film around the spool correctly because the spool shaft is very thin and film is hard to wind. If you miss a turn or your timinig is off, the film will become loose very easily.

Taking Pictures
Set the film into the camera, then start to take pictures.
Set the shutter speed to 1/100 and the diaphragm scale to 5.6
It is better to take pictures in the morning or during the daytime of a nice day.

MYCRO is a very small camera which fits onto the palm. So you had better take pictures carefully so that they may not get blurred.

Development
Unlike the common 35mm film, the film for MYCRO is specially sized as width
is 16mm and length 200mm. As such, I had to consider how I should develop the film. Since I did not have a belt-type tank for developing - I think developing by a belt-type tank will go well - I had to do it in a very simple way by using the developing tank I had.I turned the emulsion side of the film outside, and wound it around the reel of the tank, and fastened both ends with clips. Then, I sank the reel completely in a tank that was full of the developer so that the film never go out of the liquid. I had the Fujidol. Although it is not for fine grained developing, I did my developing using it.
It gave me a good negative though I was worried about whether it could be done well.

Checking the negative
When I checked the negative with a magnifier, many scratches were found on the film as expected. I think it is inevitable because the parts of the interior of the camera that the film touches has surfaces that are uneven and not smooth. And it seems the position of the film deviated from the true center when it was rolled up. As such, images moved downward 1mm, and became images of 13 x 14mm instead of 14 x 14mm.

According to the reference data, although the focus was suitable between 8m from 1.5m, But in my case, it was not in focus and unclear around the front of image. The focus was fine and correct when I kept a distance of about 3m from the object. It is better to keep a distance like that to take good pictures. The focus at the center of the picture is more sharp than at the perimeters, though this may vary with individual lens.

If you worry about the scratches, you may cut the film into about 20 x 20mm and install it, then take a picture. But, do not forget to block the rear red window of the camera with black tape to prevent unnecessary light. Also, it would be advisable to weaken the adhesiveness of the black tape prior to affixing it onto the camera's body otherwise it will peel the paper cover on the body when you remove it.

The cut negative can be developed in an easy way. Pour the developer into the little cup, and develope it. I call this way "cup developement". I call this method "cup development". This is a good way of developing with little liquid and without using a special tool and it is very simple.

printing
I printed pictures in the size of 3.5 inches x 5 inches. According to the reference data, it is the largest size that the MYCRO negative can be enlarged to. When you do not have an enlarger machine take the developed film to a film laboratory and request to have it printed to the desired size.

sample pictures
plants traffic sign
cherry lossoms a lane

comment
In these days when many methods are quick and convenient, photography with a subminiature camera may be old-fashioned method. It often takes too much time to make the film for the subminiature camera or to develop it by yourself. I think that taking pictures using the subminiature camera is different from using a Leica or other classic cameras. But it is another interesting way to enjoy classic cameras, too.

The performance of the film has improved very much in comparison with film available in the early days. It was said that film from the early days could not take good pictures, but if the condition of the lens was good, wonderful pictures could be taken.



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