Monthly Archives: April 2012

Die Mess-Ikonta

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An Ikonta has been described before on this blog. The Ikonta portrayed now is the later version with a built in rangefinder, i.e. a way to measure the distance to a subject, hence the name Mess-Ikonta (Mess is german for … Continue reading

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Voigtländer Bessa F/6.3

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Some internet research (quite a lot for a change) indicates that this is an early 1930’s folder. It was the butkus.org site that finally helped identify the camera. If you are looking a camera manual butkus.org is the place to … Continue reading

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At Last – Large Format 4″x5″ (5″x7″)

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Ok, I admit it. It must have been leading to this from the start. Large negatives have a certain je-ne-sais-quoi for me. They attract. After looking at photos from Shorpy (www.shorpy.com – DO take an evening there! Absolutely fantastic shots, … Continue reading

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Fuji GA645Zi

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This is definitely the film camera I have had most fun with – ever. As the name implies it is a 6×4.5 cm camera with larger than normal (i.e. 35 mm) negatives.  What makes this one different is the ease … Continue reading

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Setting Shutter Speed on a Mamiya 645

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On an internet auction site I won a Mamiya 645 1000s, not for the camera but for the grip that was on the same auction. The camera itself was reported malfunctioning so the price was set low and soon I … Continue reading

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Cameras for Film

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Since starting with film and not only being digital all the way I found that there are much to learn and also much gear and formats I had never even heard about. For me a film camera was a “full-format” … Continue reading

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A wooden tripod

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My first tripod, a Slik,  was found in a garage sale many years ago. It was made out of aluminium tubing, light, easy to handle and erect and fairly non-wobbly. Or so I thought… A friend photographer of mine has … Continue reading

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