Frugal Film Project – Graham Binns

This is my first year using film, I bought my first film camera (Canon Ae1 program) in the Spring of 2018. I enjoyed shooting with film so much I soon bought a Bronica ETRSI from a good friend, the Bronica goes everywhere with me and I am enjoying learning more about film each month. I also develop and scan at home. I specialise in landscape photography and I’m aiming to capture the same beautiful landscapes with this old 1936 Zeiss Ikon camera. 



 Camera: £7 from a charity shop 



1936 Zeiss Ikon Nettar 510/2 folding camera 

  • Year of release: 1936 
  • alternate name: Bob 510/2 
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×9cm exposures) 
  • Shutter:Gauthierleaf shutter, speeds 1/25 sec – 1/75 sec. 
  • Lens: Nettar 1:7.7/10.5cm 
  • Viewfinder: optical indirect vision viewfinder on the lens, additional viewfinder frames on body 
  • Dimensions (folded) : 164 x 84 x 36 mm 
  • Weight : 580 Grams 


Film: 120 Ilford HP5 400 sourced online £4.89 per roll. I will do the developing and scanning at home. 



IG: grahambinnsphotography 

Facebook photography page: Graham Binns Photography 

Twitter: @GBsnapper 

Graham is located in Yorkshire, England






8 thoughts on “Frugal Film Project – Graham Binns

  1. Cheyenne Morrison January 19, 2019 — 6:07 pm

    Email me, I can give you some tips on servicing the camera before you start, the bellows especially can be the biggest problem.

    1. That would be great, Im hoping the camera will last for the entire project so any help on maintenance would be fantastic.

  2. Great to see a UK photographer in your ‘frugal’ project and, what is more a tyke [I see a recent shoot was in Saltaire, where I spent my childhood and now about 4 miles away). I have four Zeiss Ikon folders, any one of which would have qualified for the ‘frugal’ project, but my favourite is a Super Ikonta with a 105mm f/3.8 Tessar in a Comput shutter (I think this means it was produced mid-1930s). Although it normally produces 6×9 shots on 120 film I have the mask which enables 6×6 to be shot. I paid about £20 for it though I see it currently sells on Ebay for £100+.

    1. Hi there, yes I did a recent shoot with a model in Saltaire. Beautiful place in fact I started my career in the weaving trade as did most of my family so always lovely to be back among the those big beautiful buildings.

      1. Hi. Loved your superb ‘landscapes’. Really looking forward to seeing what comes out of your Ikonta. Health problems have prevented me doing much with film in recent years but I might now be ‘inpired’ to put a film or two through my Super Ikonta. Indeed, Saltaire was a great place to grow up, as you say superb buildings (mill was working when I was a child) but also wonderful surroundings.

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