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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”

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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: 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”

Photo on Friday

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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.

Cameras: Kodak Jiffy-Six 16

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.

Continue reading “Cameras: Kodak Jiffy-Six 16”

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”

Walls and fences

Just a couple of shots I like taken with the Pentacon recently on Kodak Gold

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Took this recently with the Pentacon and the Yashinon-DS 50mm lens.

I’m still deciding whether these are keepers Continue reading “Leaf”

Cameras: Yashica Electro 35

I actually have two of these; an older G (pictured above) and a later GSM (below).  The GSM came with a job lot of cameras I bought and is in fully working condition.  The older one is also in good condition but the exposure control doesn’t appear to be quite working Continue reading “Cameras: Yashica Electro 35”

Cameras: Kodak Six20 Junior

Doing this one next as even though I have had it for a long time, I have decided to sell it.

This is a Kodak Six20 Junior model D to be specific and dates from about 1934.  I’m not sure exactly how long I have had this but probably close to 30 years.   Continue reading “Cameras: Kodak Six20 Junior”

Film is not dead – time to scan

So as you may know from previous posts I have a love for old film cameras and have many in my collection (actually I have added a few since the last mention but I’ll cover that in another post).

Recently (since the beginning of the year) I have been taking some of them out for a bit of exercise which has been fun.  But, that doesn’t get them seen anywhere outside my house now does it. Continue reading “Film is not dead – time to scan”

More cameras?

I know, I can’t help it.

I have added five more cameras since this post and sold one so now I’m at 29. Continue reading “More cameras?”

Photos on Friday (PoF): Twenty four cameras

Here are my camera pictures for this week’s ‘Photo on Friday’, I know there are a lot of them.  What can I say, I like cameras, especially old ones.

(I will admit that three of these are existing photos from my library).

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Starting at almost the very beginning of popular photography, the oldest of the bunch having been made between 1901 and 1933; A box Brownie from Kodak – model number 2
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Another early Kodak Six20 Junior model D c1934

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A couple of cheap 110 format pocket cameras from the late 70s (I think) – Olympia and Fotorama Pocketpak 330

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The most modern of the bunch a lens-only camera from Sony where your phone is used as the control and viewfinder – DSC-QX10. I love this little thing it’s so convenient to use when I don’t want to carry very much and gives me 18MP with 10x optical zoom so better than the phone on it’s own.
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My first Canon, a low end SLR – EOS 1000F with 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 lens
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A very early digital camera from Casio and held together with tape – not measured in megapixels (as those didn’t exist yet) its resolution is 640 x 480 (model QV-700)
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Some broken cameras from the 90s; Pentax Optio 550 (5MP), Sony CybershotU (2MP) and on the APS film format Canon Ixus
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Polaroid 210 Land Camera in working condition – still used regularly whilst film is still available; time is limited 😦
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Technically this isn’t mine as I bought it for my girlfriend but I couldn’t leave it out of this list as it is quite cute and completes the set 🙂 Polaroid Land Camera 1000 ‘Red Button’
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From the 70s (I think) this is a Halina Simplette Electric on the 126 film format
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Agfa Isolette with 85mm 1:4.5 lens – uses 120 film
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A trio of Voigtlanders, from the right; my regular use rangefinder film camera Vitomatic w/ 50mm 1:2.8 Color Skopar Lens, Vitessa Type N w/ 50mm 1:2 Ultron lens, and my first 35mm camera the Vito B w/ 50mm 1:3.5 Color Skopar Lens

 

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This is a rangefinder from England just after WWII a Corfield Periflex Gold Star w/50 mm 1:2.8 lens – the rangefinder mechanism uses a small periscope which flicks out of the way as you press the shutter! This one is actually in my for sale pile as I have my eye on another camera which needs funding 😉
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Another one that is for sale is this Bolsey B2 with Wollensak 44mm 1:3.2 Anastigmat lens from the good ol’ USA
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The odd one out which I nearly didn’t include – a cine film camera from Elmo; 8-E Zoom auto Eye
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I think this is a beautiful piece of equipment its another Polaroid land camera, model 800 – no film available for this one
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A twin lens reflex (TLR) from Rollie – Rolliecord IIa w/ 75mm 1:3.5 lens – Rolliecord was the lower end market product range (Rollieflex being the upper) and this camera is from around 1937
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Another TLR and sorry for the artsy angle, this is my medium format film camera which I still use if I am in that mood (not very often) a Halina A1 w/ 80mm 1:3.5 Anastigmat lens
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Lastly my daily shooter; Canon EOS 60D with Sigma 24-70mm 1:2.8 lens. Just for completeness have some other lenses; Canon 75-300mm 1:4-5.6, 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 and 50mm 1:1.8

There is one camera missing which is my first DSLR the Canon 300D that my daughter has back in the UK so not available for me to photograph.

Next week will be the end of April and as April is the month of Spring I will take something spring-like for you before it’s too late.

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