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My Top Five (film cameras)

So this year I got close to owning 50 cameras.  I know there are those that own way more than that (or have) but for me it’s just a little too many.  To settle this, I have been trying to whittle the numbers down and pass some cameras on to new owners; I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be and for some of them its a painful experience to let go.

It’s also not helped by me continuing to acquire more 😀

In the process though I am identifying the few cameras that I really like, use regularly and expect to do so more going forward.  Those few will get (or already have had) a CLA so I can be sure they are in good shape to provide me with years of enjoyment and reliability.

So what are those few favourites and why do I like them?

In no particular order…. Continue reading “My Top Five (film cameras)”

The Thirty Six: Film #16

Like the Voigtländer Prominent, my Miranda Sensorex  has just had a CLA and for it’s first run out I used FujiPro 400 film.

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #16”

The Thirty Six: Film #5

Film 5 was Kodak Portra which I shot in my Miranda Sensorex as it’s last hurrah before it goes up for sale. I have two and only need one, the other is away for CLA and so once it gets back should be in top shape; this one which works really well can find a new home.

I do like Portra; it’s becoming my preferred choice for colour film photography.

The shots;
I found this odd structure down in LA; it seems to be a 30 foot periscope of sorts. I suspect the mirror at the top isn’t the original as it is not very effective. The weather was dry (ish) and I managed a few shots.

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Focus is a little soft here

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Also found a junk store that I had never noticed before; it’s all outside and they have some fun items which made for a few interesting shots. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #5”

The Thirty-six: Films 1-3

I decided to spend much of 2019 shooting the stock of 36 various films I have in stock and hope to shoot all of them before the end of the year.

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The first film was already loaded in my Voigtländer Prominent (currently fitted with the Ultron 50mm 2.0 lens) and was the Fuji Pro 400 film.
I decided that as I was heading to the West of LA anyway for an evening get-together with Cameras and Beer, I would spend an hour or two at the Getty Center. They were running an exhibition of Sally Mann that I was keen to visit and also I love the architecture around the Getty.

Empty tables Continue reading “The Thirty-six: Films 1-3”

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”

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”

First lesson in photography

I’ve been taking photographs for about 30 years always as an amature (although I did do some professional video work which helped me understand lighting and framing).

I didn’t really take photography seriously until I took an evening class in black and white photography back in around 1990.   Continue reading “First lesson in photography”

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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