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.
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”
I am about to leave on a trip to Europe including a week in Germany and another home with friends and family in the UK.
Of course I want to take photos whilst I am there and of course I want to take a film camera; but which one (or two, or three)?
I was thinking about this yesterday and here is my kit list;
- My Olympus Pen-F digital and two lenses
- Voigtläner Vitomatic II
- A medium format; either Mamiya C330 or Voigtländer Bessa RF
- plus the little pocket Sony DSC-QX10
Really? Four cameras? Do I really need to take them all? I can justify each and every one of them to myself and feel I really do. But then I think maybe I am deluding myself. Continue reading “Decisions decisions….”
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 just got a couple of films developed and thought I would share this one with you
I took this with my Voigtländer Bessa folding rangefinder on Kodak TMax.
This is the Tajunga Wash or rather the upper end of it just as it leaves the Angeles National Forest. You might notice that on the hillside to the right is a darker patch; this was where the recent “Creek Fire” came through and was pretty much its far South-Eastern extremity – this is where it stopped about half a mile from my home. The wash is a major feed into the Los Angeles river.
I am still impressed with the images this camera puts out, I have to get into a habit that I know when I have wound on/shot a frame if I am putting down for any length of time.
I need to use it some more and get a feel for where is excels and what film brings out it’s best.
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.
It has been some time since I have used this little rangefinder and I had forgotten what a nice thing it is to use. Continue reading “Chicago with film”
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 .
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”
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”
I recently picked up a Voigtlander (Zeiss Ikon) Vitessa 500 SE Electronic; what a great little camera!
I receiving it the first issue was batteries as it needed two PX825 (1.55v) batteries which are no longer available. Continue reading “Camera: Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic”
A few weeks ago I visited the newly opened Los Angeles State Historic Park. I understand this park has been a long time in the making and opened something like 16 years late.
Anyway it’s a nice open space close to Chinatown and Downtown LA, well worth a visit if you want to chill out. It’s quite open and new looking, much of the trees and shrubbery still need to mature and it can only get better. Considering it’s newly opened there was a lot of repair work going on but it was still nice to walk around for an hour or so.
I took my Voigtlander Bessa RF with me loaded with Ilford Delta 400. Continue reading “Los Angeles State Historic Park”
I bought this camera because as I previously mentioned here I bought an M42 lens in an impulsive moment and needed a body to put it on. After browsing for a suitable candidate I spotted this which was well under $30. The seller said there was something wrong with the shutter (a crease in the curtain) but in another moment of impulsiveness I bought it anyway. Continue reading “Cameras: Pentacon FM and Yashica Auto Yashinon DS 50mm f1.9 lens”