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.
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.
I got this camera last year after finding it in an antique shop. I realize this isn’t a rare piece but (maybe because it was more a US product) I had not seen one before and fell in love with it’s design.
The price was high (too high I think having seen a few more for sale since) and I wasn’t going to buy it, but my fiancé decided to buy it for me as a present for which I am very grateful.
It s in great condition and came with the original leather case; even the little Kodak film advertising inside is untouched.
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 recently had time for a few shots around Burbank city centre and as it was dark I took my tripod to stand my Mamiya C330 on.
This shot was taken outside the Police and Fire department building and is of a large bronze statue which is a tribute to the Fire and Police officers of Burbank. It is by noted artist Shiela Cavalluzzi and was erected around 1998.
I’ve taken a low angle focussing on the firefighter with the Police officer hidden behind.
A Mamiya TLR from the ‘C’ series has been on my list of desires for a long time and I never really thought I would own one. These were the professional cameras used by wedding photographers all over the place throughout the 70s and 80s and have always been at a price point well beyond what I could justify. They’re not especially attractive cameras (though all TLRs have a classic look in my opinion) but they are solid work horses and can take a lot of use (or abuse).
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.
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…
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”→
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 .