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Its dirty work but somebody gotta do it

I got the feeling that I’m currently working on 56398 projects. Just kidding, there are only 325 projects that need my attention.

I show you one:

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The Pentacon Six travels California

Finally I got the developed films from our California road trip. It was the first time using the Pentacon Six (aside from some Black and White test shots before the vacation) and I think, the pictures turned out pretty good.
And I’m absolutely in love with Velvia 100. Just sayin’!

Location: Joshua Tree National Park
Film: Fuji Velvia 100

Click on the picture and you’ll be taken to Flickr.

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Hello fat kid!

There’s a new addition to the family!
I’ve longed for another medium format camera because my Agfa Isola only offers two apertures and three shutter speeds (including bulb) – very minimalistic.

I found the Pentacon Six online and had to wait nearly a month to get her. Knowing that these cameras can be tricky, we took some time to get to know each other.
When I received her, it was love at first sight.
Although she has some little faults.
She’s heavy and when loading film, this has to be done carefully. Otherwise, you get overlapping frames.
The wind lever must be moved gently. Harsh snapping back is not an option.

I already shot and developed a roll of film and she did a great job!
Next thing to buy is a light meter. Until then, I use my Nikon or the intuitive guess-o-meter ;)

pentacon

Less is more

Do you suffer from Gear Acquisition Syndrome?
Sometimes I do when it comes to vintage cameras. I like to buy them because I like analog photography, but I also love vintage stuff and things with history. Dare to visit a museum with me, you’ll get lost for hours. Better bring some food supplies and good shoes.
When it comes to vintage stuff, the good news are: the cameras are often rather cheap. As long as you don’t buy rare collector’s items.  You can get a nice vintage camera for about 15 Euros (or a little bit more or less) and you’re not gonna be faced with ruin, even if you buy two or three of them.
Even so, I like to keep an eye on my shopping habits because gathering gear can become a real problem.

On Peta Pixel I found this very interesting article “Confessions of an Ex-Gear Addict”. It’s long but worth reading.

I haven’t bought any brand new photography gear since a long time. I COULD afford a new full-frame digital DSLR (Hello Nikon D800!) or some new lenses. But I don’t buy them. Because I’m not sure if I really need them when I think about the way my photography possibly goes.
Maybe I buy myself a nice christmas present and then you’ll see, what I have in mind ;)

old stuff in a box

Welcome To The Family!

Every now and then, I visit my favorite vintage shop in town. Okay, the truth is: I go there almost every week.
It’s just a short hop from the office and they have wonderful things. Old furniture with beautiful carvings, crockery, books, records, candle holders…and sometimes cameras. I bought my Petri there and this week, I managed to find two more gems.
The Agfa Isola II and a Polaroid Image System E.
I thought about buying a medium format camera for weeks, finding the Agfa was a stroke of fate!

Agfa Isola II Polaroid

Hello little Petri!

In der Stadt versteckt sich ein Trödelladen mit lauter schönen Sachen. Unter anderem gibt es dort auch immer wieder alte Kameras zu kaufen. Auf dem Weg zwischen Büro und Terminen komme ich dort regelmäßig vorbei und halte Ausschau nach analogen Schmuckstücken.
Drei Kameras lagen diese Woche in der Auslage. Neben einer Zeiss Ikon Contina und einer Agfa Iso-Rapid C war auch eine Petri Color 35 zu haben.
Die Contina hat mich schon sehr gereizt, aber letztendlich durfte die kleine Petri mit. Mit der Voigtländer VSL 1 habe ich ja schon eine “große” Kamera.
Die Petri ist kompakt, einfach gestrickt und ein kleines Meisterstück des Designs. Je ein Rädchen für Blende und Verschlusszeit, den Belichtungsmesser habe ich mit einer 675 Knopfzelle für Hörgeräte wieder aktiviert. Geht aber auch ohne Beli, notwendige Belichtungszeit dann einfach extern messen oder schätzen.
Die Fokusierung muss man mittels Ein- bzw. Ausfahren des Objektivs vornehmen.
Petri wurde bereits mit einer Rolle Film gefüttert, den ersten Aufnahmen steht nichts mehr im Weg!

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There’s a nice vintage shop in town and they have beautiful treasures. Sometimes, they sell old cameras. On my way between office and my appointments I often pass this shop, looking out for vintage cameras. This week they had several cameras in the shop window. A Zeiss Ikon Contina, Agfa Iso-Rapid C and a Petri Color 35.
Buying the Contina would have been nice but I decided to give the Petri a new home.
The Petri is compact, simple and a design masterpiece.
The mechanical shutter works without battery, for the light meter I used a 675 hearing aid battery. I already loaded film, we’re ready for our first shots!

Petri Color 35

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