Full-Vue camera results are in

The Full-Vue  I bought last month didn’t exactly deliver crisp images. Maybe the overcast day was to blame.
(Photo copyright © Leigh Hanlon)

I just received images back from The Darkroom of test film I shot a couple weeks ago with a Spencer Co. Full-Vue. I still need to do more work with this 120 format faux TLR camera to determine how well it does in brighter conditions.

My choice of film might have caused the less-than-stunning results. I usually get good latitude from Kodak Tri-X, but these photos just didn’t exhibit much shadow detail. I’m thinking Ilford XP2 might yield snappier tones. I also bought some redscale film to try in the Full-Vue, but that’s for a later time.

Overall, I’d say that  the Spencer Co.’s camera is slightly less impressive than a Holga.

Other examples from my test roll. . . .

High up over North Michigan Avenue.
(Photo copyright © Leigh Hanlon)
Chicago at night.
(Photo copyright © Leigh Hanlon)

Cheap camera honors kindly rich guy


I’m anxiously awaiting this Full-Vue faux TLR I bought from an eBay seller. The camera takes 120 roll film, which is still widely available. The Spencer Co. is one of several, perhaps dozens, of camera makers in the “Chicago Cluster.” (Photo from the eBay listing.)


I just bought a Full-Vue camera manufactured by the famous “Chicago Cluster” of companies associated with philanthropist Jack Galter. The companies were located at 711-715 W. Lake St., which seems to be pretty much now in the middle of the Kennedy Expressway. I’m thinking of using this camera to photograph some of the Galter family’s contributions to the world — like Galter Pavilion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Galter Life Center at Swedish Covenant.


The red pindrop shows 711 W. Lake St., once the epicenter of inexpensive camera companies. (Image copyright © Google.)