I mentioned this a couple of times in recent posts here and here.
I have put two films through this camera and it has quickly become a favourite. I have been eyeing up Mirandas for some time but I didn’t really have what I felt was a justification so not taken the plunge and then I saw this one for $20 and thought “why the hell not?”
I had no expectation of buying this camera and it is not a camera that I sort out. In all honesty I almost literally stumbled across it. I was out for a lunchtime walk with my Pen-F and came across a house running an estate sale. I am someone who likes to rummage in this kind of thing and see what interesting things I can find. As I walk in the door the first thing in front of me is a table with a few cameras on it; this one, a 500 DTL and a compact which I can’t now remember. The condition of this one is excellent (as was the 500) and everything seemed to function.
Grimm here is as in Grimm’s fairy tales. The Grimm brother studied in the same city in Germany that my daughter is in Marburg and to celebrate this fact (about the brothers Grimm not my daughter) the city has a self guided walk around the city where you can ‘collect’ themes from their many collected stories. Each site has some kind of recreation of some theme from one of the stories.
I had along with me my Voigtländer Vitomatic II and it was loaded with Ilford Delta 3200 which I have had kicking around for a long long time. I had decided this cold dull winter’s day was as good a time to use it as any; a dull grey day it was indeed and the light (or lack of) was a struggle for my little camera.
The other Saturday I completed my chores in good time and as ‘S’ was away for a few days I decided I had earned a few hours to take myself to Downtown LA for a photo walk.
I do like shooting DTLA as there is plenty of interesting buildings and people about to keep me occupied. Typically I would always take my Pen-F digital as well as a film camera (just in case) but for this day I decided to go 100% film. I did still take two cameras the Voigtländer Vitomatic II and the Bessa RF, the latter as it only had a couple of frames remaining which I wanted to finish off.
The Vitomatic was loaded with Fomapan Classic 100; I have a few rolls of this and trying to see if I like it.
It was a lovely sunny say and I centered myself in the area around the Bradbury building; famous for many films including Bladerunner.
So the Weekly Photo Challenge last week was Favourites and specifically
“most meaningful photo from 2017. This isn’t necessarily the ‘best’ photo you’ve taken this year — feel free to post your most technically accomplished photo of the year if you’d like”
I was thinking about this over the Christmas weekend and I struggled to find something I felt as being the most meaningful for 2017 and as I pondered back at my work desk my eyes were drawn to two photos I have on the wall.
These don’t qualify for this challenge but I felt like it worth posting something about them anyway (as you may have seen I finally decided to post this instead for the challenge).
I took three cameras with me when I went to Chicago recently; My Olympus Pen-F digital, my Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder and my Voigtländer Vitomatic II. I have already posted some shots from the Olympus and I didn’t really get to use the Bessa but I did manage a walk with my Vitomatic and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely.
I picked this up a while ago and only recently got around to trying it. Originally I got this as a body only and subsequently bought a Kiev lens just to be able to use it; if I liked it I would think about something more original. Continue reading “Cameras: Contax III with Kiev 2.0”→
I don’t know why but industrial architecture and landscapes always interest me. I recently took my Bessamatic out with a 50mm lens and some Delta 400 and shot these of my local power station (perhaps as a homage to Willard Van Dyke?).
Not sure they came out quite how I saw them but I am very happy with the Bessamatic; the image quality is excellent.
This camera is similar in operation to the Vitessa 500 in that it is a compact, zone focus viewfinder camera although this allows for full manual control of shutter speed and aperture or the semi-automatic aperture priority .
Getting this camera was a little painful, I’ve written about that already here
This Voigtlander bessamatic is an early SLR with interchangeable lenses which of course is now the norm. Back then I guess things were still being worked out and there is a noticeable difference between the functionality of this camera to how more modern SLRs work.