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Mamiya 35 Executive

As well as being roll 22 and 24 of my 36, this is also a review on another new to me camera; the Mamiya 35 Executive.

I am not really sure why I bought this as I have several other 35mm rangefinders two of which are very good and my ‘favourite’ brand.  But Mamiya is also a trusted brand for me and when browsing recently to find a replacement for my soon-to-be-dead Mamiya C330, I stumbled across this.  It wasn’t cheap so I can’t use that to justify my purchase.

I didn’t actually know that Mamiya made 35mm rangefinders and so seeing this, I was intrigued.  Continue reading “Mamiya 35 Executive”

The Thirty Six: Film #14

I shot this roll of FujiPro 400 over a few weeks as I didn’t manage a full photo walk and shoot it in one go.  I used the Vitomatic II for this as my Prominent and Sensorex are both away for a service at the moment and it’s been a while since I used this one anyway (I was also inspired by a few recent posts and comments on 35mmc).

Still like this camera and it remains a favourite especially for travel as it is compact and self contained.

As a result there is a range of subject matter… Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #14”

The Thirty Six: Film #11 with Petri 2.8

I took this roll during the Beers and Cameras photo walk the same day as the last roll (here) but this time it was 35mm Fomopan 100 and I was using it to test my newly acquired Petri Rangefinder; this post is also a review of that camera.

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I have been intrigued by Petri for a few months particularly since readying this post on 35mmc not too long ago.  Then browsing Goodwill I spotted this one and hey presto! for very little investment it was mine. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #11 with Petri 2.8”

The Thirty Six: Film #8

Another roll through my Voigtlander Prominent? Well not quite, this is a different Prominent; slightly older than the one used on this post. That one is away for a CLA so using the spare and prepping it for sale once the other comes back.

Film of choice this time was Kodak Portra 160

 

This was the first time using the 100mm Dynaron lens and I had mixed results which I don’t quite understand; some of the shots are perfectly focused others are just waaay off. I’m not sure whether it was operator error, an RF issue or if the lens wasn’t properly mounted – Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #8”

I love Keld Helmer-Petersen

My new favorite photographer is ‘Keld Helmer-Petersen’.  I don’t think I was aware of him until recently, at least I wasn’t consciously aware, some of the images I have seen in the book that I recently purchased seem strangely familiar.  Maybe I have seen them in other books or in a gallery or perhaps online and not registered the artist.

Last month I responded to a post by Blake Andrews at B  about Erata photography books on offer and went to look on Powell’s site; indeed there were discounted books so took the plunge and bought ‘Keld Helmer Petersen 122 Colour Photographs‘  for under $20.

Until then I had never heard of Errata Books on Books; Continue reading “I love Keld Helmer-Petersen”

Investigating and diagnosing light leaks

After my recent experience with a light leak on a TLR and another leak on a compact 35mm, I realized that there was very little information online about how to go about diagnosing these kinds of issues and thus fixing them. Most of the tutorials online that mention “light leaks” seem just to talk about replacing the foam seals around the door; which is fine for a certain age of camera and if that is where the light is coming in.

With both of my issues this was unhelpful and so I thought perhaps I would share my thought process in tackling these leaks; apologies if this is a case of ‘teaching your grandmother to suck eggs’ and maybe a lot of this is obvious for some of you – please chime in if you have techniques I don’t mention.

So first off, if the foam seals are deteriorating then of course replacing them is a fairly simple and cheap exercise that is worth doing anyway and may well resolve the issue. In my case this was not required for either camera.

let’s begin Continue reading “Investigating and diagnosing light leaks”

The Thirty-six: Films 1-3

I decided to spend much of 2019 shooting the stock of 36 various films I have in stock and hope to shoot all of them before the end of the year.

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The first film was already loaded in my Voigtländer Prominent (currently fitted with the Ultron 50mm 2.0 lens) and was the Fuji Pro 400 film.
I decided that as I was heading to the West of LA anyway for an evening get-together with Cameras and Beer, I would spend an hour or two at the Getty Center. They were running an exhibition of Sally Mann that I was keen to visit and also I love the architecture around the Getty.

Empty tables Continue reading “The Thirty-six: Films 1-3”

Whats in store for 2019?

I’m a little late in getting this out as it’s already mid-January but hey I’m busy OK?!

Last year kinda petered out for me; photography (and blog)-wise hopefully 2019 will fair a little better; with a baby on the way though I am not making any promises 🙂

So, for the purposes of this blog, this is my 2019 right here…

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That is my stock of film, half of which is old expired stuff and my plan is to shoot all of this this year with a limited a set of cameras, no more than 5.  I may still do some digital shots but those will probably be more limited.

The plan is simple;  There are 36  films (in three formats) so shoot 3 films a month… post images here.

3 films a month will be a challenge but as many of them are medium format I am hoping those will help me catch up if I get too far behind.

I have some things I wanted to do more of last year but didn’t get around to which I will try to do this year like developing my own film; mostly as a cost saving exercise.

Camera-wise I am reducing my collection; I’m at around 45 right now and have 5 or so ready to go over the next few weeks – aiming to get down to the lower 30s.  I am trying not to accumulate any more and will only buy those that I am specifically looking for that fit into my collection – those are mostly unlikely anyway as they are not common and will likely be out of my price range; I have way more than I need anyway and costs this year will be tight.

Last year I switched the blog to be wholly photography and debating whether that worked, sometimes I have other things which I think might be post worthy and haven’t posted them.  I am aware a blog needs material and perhaps I have limited myself unnecessarily here.  Life moves fast and is changing for me all the time and maybe that is of interest to people.  Having said that I have always kept this blog fairly anonymous and non-personal so that in itself is a limitation but one I still struggle to get around.  I will ponder that more…

As this is a photography blog it would seem remiss of me not to post an image so here is one I took recently in cotton fields near Phoenix.

Summertime and the living is easy...

Union Station, Los Angeles

I’ve visited this station just off of downtown LA a few times and I love it features.  It was built in the 1930s and is a mix of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles.

Art Deco clock by the East entrance
Great typology

For this visit I happened to be meeting a friend coming into town and decided it would do no harm to arrive a little early and see what shots i could find; as it was her train was delayed and I had a couple hours to wander around. Continue reading “Union Station, Los Angeles”

Come fly with me…

This is another post from my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii.

One thing that we promised ourselves when we were planning this trip as a wedding present to ourselves was a helicopter flight around the island.  There are quite a few operators doing this but we chose Jack Harter; firstly they offered the longest flight time (only by about 5 or 10 minutes but enough) second they offered doors-off flights and lastly well with a name like Jack Harter you’ve got to just go with it 🙂

Continue reading “Come fly with me…”

Hanapepe

On our trip earlier this month to Kaua’i, we visited the small town of Hanapepe.  The town sits on the southern side of the island between Lihue and Waimea and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it.

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

It’s a small one street type of town that could easily fit into some Western style movie.  The old dilapidated buildings are great for us photographers and I enjoyed walking around taking shots.  However that dilapidation although interesting is surely not healthy(?)

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

Continue reading “Hanapepe”

Cameras: Nikon 1 V1

I have no real idea why I bought this; it was completely on a whim.  I have a perfectly good (better) digital camera that I love so this really is a mystery.

It happened in a kind of blur… I read a couple of reviews and then fatally checked out that auction site…  some days later a package arrived on my doorstep.

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Apart from my Nikonos underwater cameras I have never been a Nikon owner.

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I guess what interested me about this camera was the look it has; very simple minimalist lines (a sleek black slightly round cube).  Continue reading “Cameras: Nikon 1 V1”

Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR

I got this only a week or so ago thanks to Jim Grey’s thinning of the herd.   I couldn’t wait to try it out and took it to Hermosa Beach last weekend with a roll of Kodak ColorPlus film (which I have no recollection of buying).

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First impressions on getting this is it sits somewhere between my Vitomatic and the Vitessa 500 SE ElectronicContinue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR”

Cameras: Voigtländer Superb

This is the second of my recent acquisitions which together make me feel I can stop looking as I have exactly the core camera set I want to use (well almost).  I already posted about the Prominent this is another from Voigtländer (of course) and it is a Twin Lens Reflex.

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This has everything you could ever want from a TLR in a well designed package.

  • Good viewfinder?  Yep
  • Great lens? You got it
  • Lever based winder? Indeed
  • Spirit level? Of course
  • Parallax correction? Oh yes
  • Frame counter? Certainly

See what I mean?

 

This model was first released in 1933 and I think this actual example was a little later in the run so probably around 1936.  Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Superb”

Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent

I got this and another couple of cameras recently and, for the first time in a long time, I feel like “That’s it I am done buying, it’s not going to get any better than this.”

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I have had the Prominent on my list of desirable cameras for some time but prices have always been above what I was willing to pay.  Now I know that apparently, reasonably priced Prominents are like buses; you wait ages and two turn up at the same time. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent”

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