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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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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”

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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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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”

Thoughts on being explored

So there I was on Sunday quietly minding my own business when a couple notifications appeared in my inbox from Flickr; the first stating so and so had like one of my pictures and another inviting my image into the ‘in explore‘ group.

My image had been selected by the mystical Flickr algorithm that puts them into Explore!

This is not the first time this has happened but last time I think I only just scraped in and dropped of the list fairly quickly (you can read Jim’s explanation of how this works here) so it didn’t really register.

This weekend however, it seems I was well in there and got a lot of attention.  I haven’t really put any effort in to developing followers on Flickr so my viewing figures are normally quite low; rarely into triple figures and fav’s in the low teens.

Suddenly my figures start climbing and the whole day my phone is buzzing as yet another fav or something comes in.  It was exciting at first and then slightly embarrassing as my phone constantly interrupted conversations or activities throughout the day. Continue reading “Thoughts on being explored”

Which would you save?

This post is aimed mostly at the those of you who have collected a number of cameras and switch between them.

Here’s the question;

If you could only keep one camera/lens combination which would it be?

Let’s put a little detail behind that; say that for some reason (for example a cataclysmic event happens)  you have to pack you bags and leave your home taking only one camera with you with no expectation of ever coming back.  What would you choose and why?  I’m assuming you already have loved ones and important things covered and in reality picking a camera might be the last thing on your mind, but anyway…

I have already narrowed down what I think is my favourite; 35mm rangefinder, 35mm SLR, Medium format, TLR and also my favourite digital but if I had to leave almost all my cameras behind I would be left with a difficult choice. Continue reading “Which would you save?”

TLR: A story – (last) Part 7

A few weeks went by without incident.  They had talked about it many of times between them and also with their friends.  No one had touched the camera in that time.

Dean and Sarah were sat eating breakfast one morning and as he was picking up a slice of crispy bacon to chew on he said to Sarah “Should we try the camera again?  See what happens?”

She put down the forkful of scrambled egg and looked thoughtful “Okay but I want to be with you.  I’f you are going to black out I want to know.  Let’s do it this evening”

“Okay”

That evening, they both went into the office.  The camera sat as they had left it on the shelf.  Dean picked it up.  They looked at each other and with some concern on his face; he looked down into the viewfinder.  Continue reading “TLR: A story – (last) Part 7”

TLR: A story – Part 6

A couple of days later Dean was working around the house and had almost forgotten about the incidents a few days previous.  Until he noticed the camera, which was back on the shelf in the office.

The viewfinder was still open and he picked it up again and casually looked inside.

Something white shifted into view and suddenly it was clear.  Right in front of him.  A lady was stood in a white gown; a wedding gown and people were standing around smiling at her.

“Excuse me, do you mind?”

Behind Dean a man was standing holding a TLR camera and was adjusting the focus whilst looking at the bride.  Dean stepped to one side “thanks” the guy took the shot and turned to look at the other people around; as did Dean. Continue reading “TLR: A story – Part 6”

TLR: A story – Part 5

Dean woke.  At least he thought he was awake, it was dark around him.  As he eyes adjusted he realized he was in his office at home.  He heard a door.

Hi!  I’m home.  Dean?  Are you here?  Why is it dark in here?

A light went on in the kitchen sending a glow into the office.  Dean sat up.

“God Damn!” he heard from the kitchen “Why the hell are these groceries just lying on the floor!  Dean?!”

“I’m here” he said still trying to get to grips with where here was and started to sit up.

“What are you doing?  The groceries are not put away. What’s going on?  The place is in darkness?”

She appeared in the doorway. Continue reading “TLR: A story – Part 5”

TLR: A story – Part 4

Dean awoke.  He stretched out, feeling for Sarah and remembered she’d left early for work.  He hated it when she had to work on a Saturday.  It meant missing out on a warm cozy wake up.  The sheet next to him was already cold.  He thought about going back to sleep but he knew he had too much to do and slowly got himself up.  He stumbled out of the bedroom heading to the kitchen.  Coffee was definitely first on the list.

On the way he glanced in the office.

The camera sat on the shelf.

He stopped and stared.  Something was different.  God damn it, the viewfinder was open.  He didn’t dream that.  But then why couldn’t he remember what happened? Continue reading “TLR: A story – Part 4”

TLR: A story – Part 3

“Babe I’m home, sorry I’m late you know how the girls are; Sheryl wouldn’t stop talking about here new dining suite.  How did you get on with the photos?  Babe?”

Dean woke just as Sarah walked in the room.

“Were you asleep? She said

“Err yes, I think so. I was…” He looked at the camera on the shelf, confused. Continue reading “TLR: A story – Part 3”

TLR: A story – Part 2

It had been a few weeks since Dean had bought the camera.  It sat on the shelf in his office.  Sarah had got over her initial shock at what he had wasted twenty dollars on and had mostly stopped bringing it up during conversations with their friends; mostly.

Not that she was mean about it, she wasn’t that bad.  He loved her very much and he knew he wasn’t always easy to get along with.  He was glad she put up with him and they had a lot of fun together.

Still, it was still a handy weapon to use should the situation arise and he cringed at the thought of her using it against him again, ridiculing him in front of his friends.  Continue reading “TLR: A story – Part 2”

TLR: A story – Part 1

As Dean turned towards the door he considered why he had never been in this store before.  It was not far from home and he regularly drove past.   It was partly due to the irregular hours the store seemed to keep as on previous times when he had driven by with the hope of actually calling in, it had been closed.

This time however it was definitely open.

It was an old shop, probably built early last century, it’s sometimes difficult to tell the age of buildings in LA as they often mimicked previous eras and once they became old enough to crack the woodwork and fade the paint it was not always clear.

The door opened smoothly and without the cliche of a creak despite having cracked and fading blue paint, which showed layers of previous coats trying to demonstrate they still have colour to share, and the glass being covered with dust such that seeing through it into the world beyond was almost impossible. Continue reading “TLR: A story – Part 1”

Excitement, fear and relief

I have been pondering the Weekly Photo Challenge of last week which is Ooh, Shiny! and I think it’s fairly obvious to anyone who follows me that, what is guaranteed to distract me? What my “Ooh, shiny!” is, is…

CAMERAS!

and I had another distraction this week which had me a little on edge.

I was browsing that auction site (again) and spotted a fairly modern Voigtländer in the form of a Bessa-R.  I know that technically this is a Cosina and they just happen to own the name but it’s still a good camera.  I don’t need one of these and until then I hadn’t even thought about buying a ‘new’ camera (just the old one’s) so….  SHINY!! Continue reading “Excitement, fear and relief”

Cameras: Ricoh 35 ZF

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 .

It’s slightly more compact and simple look and it doesn’t have any exposure compensation also the batteries are more easily obtained. Continue reading “Cameras: Ricoh 35 ZF”

Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant

I have mentioned this camera before but wanted to add more detail (and add better pictures). The Brillant was first sold in around 1932; early models used a simple zone style focussing method (as opposed to actual distance) with the operator selecting portrait, landscape etc.

This is a later version from around 1937 as it is made from bakelite rather than metal Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant”

Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens

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.

Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens”

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