The day I took this photo at the British Museum, (on the original Ilford Sporti), I'd called into a cafe which appeared to be staffed entirely by Chinese people - which was the theme that day because I was visiting the Museum with 56 Chinese students. It was a remarkable cafe, they had a second hand camera shop in the front, and the cafe was out the back with wi-fi and a bookcase full of phonetics and phonology books. I went in because I was running short on film. They didn't have any HP5+, but the man gave me a roll of Tmax 100; he wouldn't take any money, and said something about it coming from China, (he had a strong accent, and I was so taken aback by getting a free roll of film, in London, that I wasn't really listening.
Anyway, when I got the Ilford Sporti 6, I put the Tmax through it. I dev'd it this afternoon and there seems to be some problem with the shutter; and it hasn't synched with the flash, which is why I got it. I got the original Sporti back out of the drawer and put a roll of HP5+ in it. The Sporti 6 just never felt right anyway - there's something reassuringly 1950s and solid about the older Sporti. The 6 is a 120 camera trying to be a low-rent slr, and it's not pulling it off very well. One knows where one stands with an original Sporti.
And what a bastard that Tmax was to get onto the spool of the developer. Herself had popped out to see her Mam, and The Bairn was playing, so there I am in the
I'm busy working until the middle of this month, and then things slow down a bit. So I'll do the garden, and some decorating, and sort out all of my 35mm gear - the Leica, the 40.5mm lenses and filters, the bulk film winder, even the half a dozen rolls of film I've got. It's all going on eBay, and I'm going 100% 120.