Category Archives: 120mm Film

Mansions in the Fading City of Cairo, Illinois

Cairo, once a thriving river town of over 15,000 people feels like a ghost town with less than 3000 people and many abandoned buildings and dilapidated structures.  Many wonderful historic buildings have been lost to time.

We did find a few old mansions holding on to a different era.  The street, Washington Avenue, where these homes are located, was once called Millionaires Row.

Riverlore Mansion, Cairo, Illinois (built 1865)
Riverlore Mansion, Cairo, Illinois (built 1865)

 

Magnolia Manor, Cairo, Illinois (built 1869)

Magnolia Manor, Cairo, Illinois (built 1869)

New Yashica 120mm Test Shots

Yashika Mat 124 G
Yashika Mat 124 G

I recently bought a refurbished Yashica MAT 124, 120mm Twin Lens Reflex Camera.  These have a much larger negative than 35mm and I have been told these were the go to cameras for medium format photography.  It has 2 lenses, one you look through and one that exposes the film.

I love black and white landscapes and I still think you get a more unique image shooting with film, plus it adds a bit of a challenge.

The first 2 rolls I shot were on generic, cheap film and I got some good results.  Now that I know it works I an get a little more serious…

Chattahoochee River
Chattahoochee River
Chattahoochee River
Chattahoochee River