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Can I still call myself a photographer?

Wow what crazy times these are –  times a few years ago I could never have foreseen.  It’s already November and I am not really sure what happened to October at all.

It’s all been happening for me here… Continue reading “Can I still call myself a photographer?”

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Transition from tester/reviewer back to Photographer

A couple of years ago I embarked on a journey with the intent to document the small collection of cameras I had, as more or less a personal project. As I progressed the collection grew and the end of the process rather than getting closer seemed to extend into the distance. In the last few months I have reached a point where I don’t feel I have to complete this exercise and I have reduced my collection down to the ones I want to keep and use and am slowly selling off those that don’t meet my criteria of Voigtländer or beautiful or useful.

Building 201 Voigtlander Prominent

So I now have before me (and upon me) a struggle to change the way I shoot and write. For me “struggle” appears to be the right word. I seem to have slipped into a process of shooting purely to test the particular camera I was using and less so looking for really good images that I would be proud of. That is not to say that I didn’t take good pictures I am quite happy with a lot that I have taken over the last year or so. It is just now that I am back to taking photos for their own sake I feel like I have forgotten somewhat where I left off.

Railing Voigtlander Prominent

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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”

June was Pink

The next edition of my series on colours for 2018 which picks a feature colour for each month of the year; June was Pink.

Interesting mural (shot on Halina A1 on Kodak Ektar)

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Cameras: Miranda Sensorex

I mentioned this a couple of times in recent posts here and here.

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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?”

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It arrived shortly afterwards and although its not the cleanest example it’s in pretty good condition. Continue reading “Cameras: Miranda Sensorex”

Cameras: Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL

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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.

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As I said I had no desire for a Mamiya/Sekor SLR although I have a slight need for a suitable M39 (or M42) body with TTL metering to attach to my macro bellows.  Continue reading “Cameras: Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL”

I’m not recommending you do this

I’m not exactly sure why I am posting this, maybe as a warning to others… I love spreadsheets.  I know it’s sad but I find them incredibly useful… and, as in this case perhaps, sometimes sobering.
I recently compiled a spreadsheet of all the cameras I have and have had (as far as I remember).  I listed the purchase price and status etc etc. yeah I know I’m setting myself up here but here are some interesting facts.  Well I say interesting, I thought so but it is highly possible that it no one else will.

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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?”

World on Film post – Joshua Tree

Firstly apologies for not posting for a few weeks, I had to fly urgently to the UK as my daughter had a medical emergency and so blogging was low on my priorities.

Just getting back into things again and thought I would post a link to an article that Stephen Dowling has just published for me on his World on Film site about shooting in and around Joshua Tree and Palm Springs with my Voigtlander bessamatic;  HERE.

I wrote this last year after a visit to Joshua Tree which I also wrote  about separately here and here using digital shots I had taken.  Stephen’s site focuses on places shot using film cameras so the shots taken with my Bessamatic were exclusive for him and my article.

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Haven’t been able to post much in the last week due to an emergency;  thought I would just post this image which I took in Germany with the Vitomatic

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The Grimm walk

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.

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Cameras: Agfa Isolette

I’ve been meaning to do this one for a long time. I’ve had this Agfa Isolette for ages and ages: so long in fact I can’t even remember whether I’ve ever shot film through it before. I bought it in younger days because it was cool looking.

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I have come to understand over the years that these are fairly well regarded cameras and can fetch reasonable prices (depending on condition,lens etc).  Continue reading “Cameras: Agfa Isolette”

January photo walk in DTLA with Fomapan

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.

Interior of the Bradbury building

Continue reading “January photo walk in DTLA with Fomapan”

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