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El norte de España

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

In spring 2016 I travelled to Northern Spain, visiting the Basque Country, Cantabria, Aragon and Castile and Leon. Flying to Bilbao and heading to our first location in San Sebastian, we made a stopover in Zumaia. The little town is nice … but more famous is its rock formation – The Flysch. The landscape is stunning and so we stayed some hours before going to San Sebastian.

The workhorse was – again – the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with its M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO lens, completed by an iPhone 5s. So this was again a pure digital journey. This time I’ll try staying at B&W only, knowing that the colours here were wonderful too.

Over the next weeks I’ll post more of this trip – here on my blog, but also on my flickr page.

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Australian Adventure – I’m done!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

These were the last images I posted in my Australian Adventure series, started long ago. They show two old classic Volkswagen in Fitzroy/Melbourne. It was our last day in Melbourne and Australia and so gives a good link to our next day flight back to Germany.

The complete series can be found here on my flickr page. The whole Australian Adventure story started in November 2015, when I headed to a three weeks trip to the South East of Western Australia, the Tasmanian Island and … finally Melbourne. There were so many wonderful impressions, that I would not hesitate to come back again … some day. It took me nearly 18 months to complete the review and postprocessing of nearly 1000 images taken mostly with the workhorse Olympus OM-D E-M1 and its wonderful lens M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO, supplemented by my iPhone 5s. 286 images found finally their way on my flickr page, some of them in colour, some in black&white and some in both moods.

As written in the title, I’m done with the Australian Adventure and I’m already heading towards the next series – Northern Spain with the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Castile-Leon – where we travelled in spring 2016.

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Hiking around Flossenbürg with a Contax 139 Quartz

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

After dressing this beauty in new clothes, I was keen to see a first film in this 40 years old camera. So I mounted a Carl Zeiss Planar 1.7/50mm, loaded an Agfa Vista 200 and … enjoyed a photo walk;)

OK, this is not the 1.7/50mm lens attached 😉

… this is the right one 😉

Again we choose Flossenbürg as our destination and this time it was a 3 hour hike. We started at the old castle – dated from around 1200 AD. From the castle tower you have a fantastic view in the surrounding landscape.

From there we headed downwards over Hammerbühl, Altenhammer and Gaismühle to the Small Gaisweiher and the Large Gaisweiher. After having lunch, we hiked back uphill to the end of our tour. All images from the trip can be seen here in the original Agfa Vista colours … and  here in a black&white version.

A very good review of this camera done by James Tocchio can be found on Casual Photophile, so there’s no need to repeat the obvious.
To me, this beautiful little camera is a pleasure to use … with a single weak point. The meter is not activated by half-pressing the shutter release button like on many other cameras, but by a separate button located on the camera front. While having your index finger on the shutter release button, you can have your middle finger laying on this button. You need to get used to it, but it works.

What I also learned was, that in the viewfinder, not only the shutter speed is displayed, but also the aperture value should be visible … not in this camera. Seems as if something is broken. After contacting Peter Robinson from contax139.co.uk he assured me that this is repairable, sending also repair information – very good information indeed. As this means to disassemble the body to fix a broken wire, I think it’s better having this job done by an expert 😉

My conclusion: This beautiful little Contax 139 Quartz is so easy to use and its a pleasure to shoot with.

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Hiking the Burgruine Weissenstein

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Between the years we were hiking to the Burg Weissenstein in the Upper Palatinates Stonewood Forest. During a snowstorm, in a winter wonderland, we found the Burg covered by an ice shield. This area is one of my favorite hiking regions during all seasons.

All images were taken with the highly appreciated Ricoh GR II. The more I use this camera, the more I find it a really wonderful camera, both, in the resulting images and in the ease and flexibility of use.

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Contax Aria and Yashica ML 2.8/24mm

Monday, June 4th, 2018

A first film found its way into my Contax Aria – an Agfa Vista 400. As lens I used a Yashica ML 2.8/24mm. The Contax Aria is a beautiful piece of technology and one of the last SLR models from Contax. Technological specs can be found here e.g., so there’s no need to duplicate them.

Camera … details can be found here

and the correct lens …

 

The Aria is the smallest and most lightweight Contax SLR model. It’s even lighter than the Contax 139 or the Contax 159. Dials and switches are similar to the other predecessor models like e.g. RX or AX. All are well placed and pure fun to use. Showing a size comparison, just look here.

The lens – a Yashica ML 2.8/24mm – is rated not bad, reviews and ratings can be found on the web.

To give the combo a little bit room to shine, I took it on a hike in the Upper Palatinate. Hiking to the Haarkapelle – not sure if Hair-Chapel is the right translation, as it lies near a (very) small village named Haar and a small ridge called Haar-Rangen. It’s a small chapel in the middle of a forest, built as a remembrance of a good man. The hike goes along a fair number of ponds and we had a cold but sunny day at late February. So all was prepared for some nice pictures.

The film – an Agfa Vista 400 – is currently in the making and dm and I expect it to be back in about a week.
Until then, I have made at least some digital shots with my lovely Ricoh GR II. Here you go …

START UPDATE
I checked online the status of my film and just got the info that my film is not listed in their order system … ???
So I went in the dm-shop and told them … they say they sent it out to the lab.
They called the lab which tells they never received that film.
I placed a search request … let’s see …
END UPDATE

The combo worked very well and handling is quite a pleasure. The little Aria does not stand in the way and simply works. The Yashica gives a beautiful focal length with it’s 24mm and it’s a joy working with it – a very solid construction. Did I say, that 24mm is a focal length I like 😉

Let’s see what comes back from the processor …

START UPDATE
Well, finally after 4 weeks I called them and … my film was back from processing 🙂
END UPDATE

Using the scanned samples – 1500px – I made some tweeks with SilverFX and … voila … here they are 😉

What slightly irritates me is, that the 3rd party lens shade was advertised for a 24mm lens … and here I have vignetting on all images. What I found further was, some flares when having the sun in the image. But I think that’s not so bad for a 24mm lens. All images can be found here.

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Hiking along the Waldnaab

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

After Christmas A.D. 2017, with all its wonderful and exhaustive meals, we found time to hike along the small river Waldnaab.

Waldnaab / Flutkanal, Ricoh GR II Waldnaab / Flutkanal, Ricoh GR II

This time I collected a handful of black&white bark images – made with the Ricoh GR II – from trees lined up along the small river – or better, along it’s flood channel.

Waldnaab / Flutkanal, Ricoh GR II Waldnaab / Flutkanal, Ricoh GR II

As we were hiking this trail already many many times, taking a camera with you and perceiving the environment consciously is someting completely different. Seeing the differing structure of the barks on each tree – where you normally simply pass by – makes each of these trees … unique.

Just to mention:
Regarding this beautiful small river, even if the river Waldnaab is a small river by all means, at it’s estuary into the river Donau, it’s even wider (not deeper) than this legendary German river – as can be confirmed on Google Maps. River Naab is the beautiful dark one coming from the left, river Donau is the muddy one coming from the bottom right of the screenshot.

Screenshot from Google Maps

My trip to that estuary can be found here.

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Hiking around Flossenbürg and Gaisweiher

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The last day of the year A.D. 2017 we made a short trip to the Burg Flossenbürg.

The small town is know for one of the KZ (Concentration Camp) during the darkest era in German history – the Nazi Era. This time however, we did not visit the KZ, but hiked down to the small lake – the Gaisweiher. That’s a short hiking tour which takes ~1,5 hours.

Burg Flossenbürg, Ricoh GR II Burg Flossenbürg, Ricoh GR II

Not to mention, I gave the Ricoh GR II another try. It did not disappoint me and delivered wonderful results.

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Canon A-1 with FD 1.4/50mm S.S.C.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

On we go with a Canon A-1, a Canon FD 1.4/50mm S.S.C. lens attached and an Agfa Vista 200 loaded.

The next days hopefully will bring a little bit sunshine as it would make so much more fun. My first impression while playing around with the A-1 … solid … very solid. Somehow it reminds me on the Pentax LX. As already mentioned here, the A-1 was my dream camera in the 80th, when I finally ended up with a Minolta X-700. The A-1 was simply too expensive.

The usual reviews are numerous our there … a wonderful one is here at Casual Photophile, so there’s no need to repeat all that. As a top-of-the-line model, it offers so many features, knobs and knurles, more than I’ll ever need and so I miss the simplicity of a user interface. Last time I shot a Contax 139 Quartz and … this is so simple in all it’s usability. I know that the Canon A-1 has a lot more gimmicks inside, so no need to worry.
Compared to the Contax 139 Quartz, where all things go so smooth, the A-1 is more … crude.

What I found strange, was the aperture setting during Aperture Priority Mode, where it would be easy setting the aperture on the lens … no, here you need to use a knurl on the front with the right hand, which is also used to set time value in Shutter Priority Mode. Another one … when grabbing the body with the left hand, you always press the stop-down lever which is quite annoying. More of those quirks can be read here on Jittery Pixel, who has listed all of them.

As soon as the film is through and back from the lab, I’ll post some images on my Flickr-Page.

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Olympus OM-2 spot/program with G.Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/35mm

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Hiking in South-Tirol for a week in May should bring some beautiful days with perfect light and tons of amazing sceneries … so far was the plan. What came out was a quite cold and rainy week in the Dolomites, which led to the decision using the OM-2sp not in the mountains, but during the city trips. Using the newer Olympus OM-D E-M1 was fine, as it got quite wet during the hikes. As the OM-D E-M1 is perfectly sealed, this workhorse had not a single issue during the rainy days.

As mentioned in my previous post, an OM-2sp accompanied me on my hiking trip to South-Tirol, as the intended OM-4Ti did not fire any more (… has been repaired in the meantime and will be tested soon).

Olympus OM-2 spot/program

… and with the correct lens …

Olympus OM-System G.Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/35mm

I shot a roll of Agfa Vista 200 and the film is currently in the lab … I’ll add a link to my flickr page as soon as I put these pictures online.
During the city trips, the OM-2sp worked flawless in Aperture Priority Mode. The lens with its 35mm focal lenght made it easy to focus – I mainly used zone focussing. What I found was, that the shutter sound was quite loud/harsh – at least compared to a Contax 139 Quartz I shot some weeks before.

We made a first day trip to Bruneck Castle in the Puster Valley, where the legendary Reinhold Messner has installed one of his six Messner Mountain Museums – the RIPA. A second day trip led us to Juval Castle – where the Messner family lives during July and August – and to FIRMIAN, the Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen – two further Messner Mountain Museums. As a special highlight during our visit of Juval Castle was, that Reinhold Messner crossed our way while we walked over the court. This man is one of the 100 most known people on this planet.

START UPDATE
Film is now back from the lab and it’s … somehow strange.
There are pictures and there are blanks in between. I have good pictures at 4, 5, 9, 10 11, 12 13, 18, 20, 21, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 36.
No. 6 and 8 are … something, but no real picture and the rest is simply blank (black, i.e. the negative is transparent) where it seems as if the film has not been exposed. So 18 from 36 pictures are fine – not so bad. Nevertheless somehow disappointing, as the camera looks like new.
I’ll have to push a roll of film through it under controlled conditions.
END UPDATE

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Olympus OM-4Ti with Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/35mm

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Well, this time I planned taking the Olympus OM-4Ti with me in on a hiking trip to South-Tirol – besides my workhorse, the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Planned it and prepared it and … while testing if finally everything works fine … the OM-4Ti refused to fire.

 

Olympus OM-4Ti with G.Zuiko Auto-S 1.4/50mm (yep, not the correct lens)

Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/35mm

Batteries changed, reading the manual, searching the web … nothing worked and I finally had to accept that this beautiful wunderwerk will not go with me.

So here I can close this short post, as this combo will not be in the focus this time. I searched on the web for a repair shop in Germany and found the legendary OM-Doktor in Hamburg. Long story short … parcel is on it’s way to repair this camera.

What to do now?
Grabbing another OM out of the camera case – this time an OM-2 spot/program. But this is another story.

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Australian Adventure – Murals

Friday, April 20th, 2018

This time – and I promise this trip is nearing its end – we strolled through the streets of Melbourne, hunting for the famous murals.

Melbourne is full of street art and in some areas you can’t miss ’em – like here around Hosier Lane.

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Contax 139 Quartz and … the rise of the Phoenix

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

I thought it might be a good idea, to tell the story of  a Contax 139 Quartz being dressed in a new leather cover. Here is how the hidden beauty – Contax 139 Quartz – looks like before treatment …

Front Cover

Back Cover

Left Front Cover

Right Front Cover

And now let’s start with some beautification 😉

There are some resources on the web where you can find new covers – one of them is Morgan Sparks from cameraleather.com.

Morgan offers loads of stuff fitting perfectly for a whole bunch of camera types. Delivery from the US works flawless … perfect service!

The cover for my Contax 139 Quartz is about $19.50 plus shipping and it’s worth it. My first two Contax 139 are real beauties now.

You can find an excellent how-to on his web page for both methods – dry and wet.

Step 1: Remove old cover
As one knows, Contax used real leather for its old SLR. Unfortunately this cover detoriated over time and what remains is quite ugly.

Before we can apply the new cover, the old one needs to be removed completely. Sometimes the old cover can be pulled off quite easily … let’s see … ups, this time it was quite a dirty job and I used some stain remover.

I use a brand from East Germany called Nuth … the best I found for a lot of cleaning purpose.

After removing the old cover, take some cleaning alcohol and clean the camera surface carefully so that no dirt or fat (from the fingers) remains.

Step 2: Apply the parts
There are three parts pre-cut – the back, the left front and the right front.

The cover has a top side and an – very adhesive – back side. DO NOT TOUCH THE ADHESIVE SIDE – as this might ruin its capability to adhere!!!

So let’s start with … the back. First pull the part off from the sheet and put it with the front side on a tablet.

Prepare a small cup with water, add a drop (!) of detergent – see hint on Morgans’ webpage .

Now take a small brush and put some water on the adhesive side – this will reduce adhesion until the water evaporates.

Next, take up the part carefully and apply it onto to the camera. As long as it is wet, you can slightly move it to correct its position until it fits.

Carefully apply some pressure to the cover by smooting.
Now do the same for the other cover parts.

Step 3: Have fun
The final result should look like this.

Back Cover

Front Cover

Now … I’m keen to load a first film into that beauty.

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Homeland – Amaryllis

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

That day the weather was cold but sunny – at least  in the morning. Sun was coming in through the large windows and gave some beautiful lighting.
This Amaryllis is going on now since Christmas and it’s still not at it’s end.

As I’m currently experimenting with a Sony A7R2 and old glass, I had mounted a Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/50mm.
This lens gives some very very beautiful results. As often, I have tried a black&white version too.

I applied some presets in Nik’s Color Efex and Silver Efex applications and I’m getting more and more pleased with the results.

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Australian Adventure – Melbourne Skyline

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Our trip to the world’s end is nearing it’s finishing line.
This time I have a couple of long time exposure night shots from Melbourne’s southbank over the Yarra River which show the full beauty of this fantastic skyline. As you know my dilemma, boths worlds look stunning – black&white and coloured.

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Homeland Daybreak

Friday, February 16th, 2018

A true homeland daybreak. Yesterday morning around 8 am, when sitting down for breakfast and looking out of the window, the eastern sky had turned orange and red in an impressive way. The only cam I could get hands on was my iPhone. Picking it up and getting ready to shoot gave me a beautiful image.

Short after 8 pm was near the end of the golden hour and true … 5 minutes later the sky had turned normal again.

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Australian Adventure – Classic Cars

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Nice intermediate … in Melbourne, when visiting the Queen Victoria Market, we found a Classic Car Show with loads of beautiful cars. As mentioned before, I find colour and black&white very pleasing.

This was a Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan (1960).

Here the phantastic colours …

… and here come the beautiful black&white.

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Australian Adventure IV – Melbourne

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Coming to the final part of our tip to tne world’s end, we now entered Melbourne, a fascinating big city – Australia’s second largest. with nearly 10 times the size of Berlin (10000 km²:1000 km²) it hast around the same number of people living there – approx. 4.5 mio.

This city is so colourful and full of structures and forms, so that I still struggle about the type of series to show. On the one side, you can make a full b&w series with all the forms and structures and subtle tones and on the other side you can show the rich colours of that city.

Limiting oneself to one or the other would make the series more consistent – but would also not show the full picture. Driven by this, I’ll show either the one or the other or … both, as many views can be appealing in both styles.

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Hiking the Waldnaabaue Tirschenreuth

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Having a short break for Christmas in my Australian Adventure series, before finally entering the most creative city in Australia – Melbourne.

Around Christmas I made a short trip to the the small town of Tirschenreuth and its world famous Waldnaabaue – a beautiful small nature reserve – in the Upper Palatinate.

In this picture, I especially like – besides the black&white – the symmetry between the upper and the lower half. The quiet pond in the foreground separated by a curved line from the middle and the backround, where this curved line flipped twice gives exactly the same proportion.

During the past years, a handful of architectural highlights have been put into this area of a meandering small river and a lot of fish ponds.

On our path, we found a Celtic Cross for hikers, a funny stairway to heaven, an artful winded bridge over a small river and a couple of other pretty nice stuff.

Made curious by Dan James from 35hunter about the small Ricoh cameras and fascinated by his wondeful black&white images, I tried a Ricoh GR II. What shall I say – I was not disappointed regarding its compact size, the amazing lens and the quality it produces in combination with the APS-C sensor. I like this wonderful piece of camera technology.

Visit this lovely place in my Flickr album.

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Contax AX mirror slip …

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Deja-vue … this time I had the same issue with my Contax AX as with my Contax RX some time ago.

The mirror has slipped down about 3-4 milimeters over time due to bad glue, loosing it’s adhesive quality over time.

Due to this, the mirror crashes onto the lens rear element and hangs in upper position.

I tried the same kind of repair and … let’s see how it works.

This brand was so expensive in it’s era … shame on you Contax for using such a poor glue.

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The Beauty and the Beast …

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Some time ago I posted an image of two beautiful cameras – the Canon EOS 3 vs the Canon EOS 5D.

Without all further comments, these two cams are beautiful tools from two different worlds – one analog and one digital. So similar on one side and so different on the other side.

Some time later, I found another pair, this time both from the analog era. A Contax Aria vs a Contax AX.

But … also this beautiful pair comes from two different worlds.

One has a pure manual focus, the other is the one and only example of a SLR with autofocus on (all) manual lenses.

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Australian Adventure III

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

After completing the second part of my Australian Adventure, which more focused on the towns on our path, I’m now coming back to nature in the third part of the series.

This time it’s about Tasmania – a lovely island.

As explained in one of the images, it reminds my on my homeland Bavaria – in size and in nature and on Ireland – in size and in nature.

A lovely place on earth – check out on Flickr.

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Entering Soviet Territory …

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Today a new era has begun.

Besides the German and Japanese gear, I decided to make first small steps in Soviet Territory.

As I already own some M42 lenses, what would be better than a Zenit M42 camera – in my case a Zenit TTL was the winner.

 

For the pic I attached my Helios 44M-7 lens, which might be the first lens to be tested together with that camera.

As a second try I got a Zorki Rangefinder – here it was the Zorki 4K model with an Industar-61 L/D lens attached.
That Zorki based on the old Leica II(f) camera.

Let’s see what time will bring, when the first film is pushed through.

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New Kids on the Contax/Yashica Block …

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Some new kids arrived today to play with.

First – and hopefully the last of the kids – is a Contax Aria.

Second – trying to complete the C/Y lens lineup – are three Yashica ML kids. One is the Yashica ML 2.8/35mm – one of my favorite focal lenghts.

Yashica ML 2.8/35mm

Another one is the Yashica ML 2.8/24mm – a highly regardes lens.

Yashica ML 2.8/24mm

And the last one is a Yashica ML 3.5/21mm lens – the predecessor of the legendary and highly expensive Zeiss 21mm lens.

Yashica ML 3.5/21mm

Hope, that soon I’ll have time to push a roll of film through the Aria with each of the new kids.

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Firenze …

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Just came about an old album from a visit in Italy, when searching for some stuff.

In 2006 I spent an amazing week in the beautiful town of Firenze in the Toscana.

With me I had my good old Canon EOS 10D, which during all the years delivered really fine pics 😉

On our way down south we allways make a stop at an Autogrill having an Italian Cafe (aka Espresso).

Firenze

An overlook from the tower of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive cathedral built between 1296 and 1436.

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Olympus OM-2 spot/program and Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/28mm arrived …

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Today I got a new box with two nice tools included.

An Olympus OM-2 spot/program to complete my OM range and an Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/28mm to complete my OM Zuiko lens range.

The next weeks a roll of film will find its way into that nice little body. I’m just looking after my Yashica Mat 124G to shoot a roll and then this beauty can go through the parcour. The 28mm lens is one of my preferred focal lenghts.

As soon as ready, I’ll post some pics on my Flickr– or 500px-page.

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Blossom Impressions …

Monday, August 28th, 2017

The last days I had some fun in the garden, as lots of flowers are giving their very best to make this time an amazing colourful one. I was lucky shooting three cameras/lens combinations.

Sonnenhut / Echinacea

Echinacea / Sonnenhut, shot with Pentax LX, Pentax-A SMC 2.8/28mm, Agfa Vista 400.

Herbst-Anemone / Anemone hupehensis

Anemone hupehensis / Herbst-Anemone shot with Fuji X100s with the nice 2.0/23mm onboard Fujinon lens.

Hibiskus / Hibiscus

Hibiscus / Hibiskus shot with Olympus OM-D E-M1, Voigtländer Skoparex 2.0/40mm, Focar C.

During the last years I see, that especially the Hibiscus is one of my favourite motivs.
The full series – and a lot more images – can be found on my Flickr page.

Enjoy 😉

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Pentax LX with SMC Pentax-A 2.8/28mm reused …

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Last weekend I was on a short trip to Frankfurt and I wondered what camera to join me.

Soon it was clear that my Fuji X100s was the one to go … but I wanted to have someting more analog 😉

So it finally was my Pentax LX with a SMC Pentax-A 2.8/28mm lens who was coming along.

As I still had an opened roll of Agfa Vista 400 to complete (5 frames already shot in Ireland), I loaded that film and fired six frames.

As this was the first time to use the LX, I was curious, how this pretty baby would work – optically it is looking brand new.

Two days later … what to say … it was a pleasure handling that camera. The single point to complain was the on/off switch sitting around the shutter release button. As this switch is rotated to lock the shutter button, it is moving quite loose, so that one can accidentially move it by putting the camera in or out of the bag.

As we had two sunny days, I used mainly zone focussing at f/11 and Automatic Mode and it was … easy going.

The film is currently on processing and when back, I’ll post some pictures on my Flickr– or 500px-page.

Enjoy 😉

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Australian Adventure II

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Having now nearly reached the middle of the photo review about my Australian Adventure, I noticed that I have posted a lot of cool views of Western Australia.

However what is missing – at least IMHO – is a bit more about those small towns we passed by on our trip. I just mentioned them in my comments, but how do they look like?

This is, why I´m planning to pause the major photo series – before heading over to the second part – and insert a short small-town-series first.

Check out on Flickr soon.

Besides the really amazing photo series about my Australian Adventure, I’ve learned many (sometimes rather strange) things about this huge and far-away country.

First, in ancient times Australia has been the major British prison camp.

Second, between 1901 and 1907 Western Australia build a rabbit fence, to protect itself from the huge rabbit population. This fence(s) streched about more than 3.000 km. You can finde more about the fence(s) here on Wikipedia.

Third, in 1932, Western Australia fought an Emu War – true and unbelievable! Australian Military was sent out to kill the immense population of Emus, which caused huge damage on wheat harvest. You can finde more about the Emu War here on Wikipedia.

Enjoy 😉

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New Asahi Pentax Takumar S-M-C arrived …

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Today is a good day 😉
I received two parcels – each carrying an old piece of glass.

The first one is an Asahi Takumar Super-Multi-Coated 3.5/35mm in M42 mount.

The second one is an Asahi Takumar Super-Multi-Coated 3.5/24mm also in M42 mount.

Both lenses are in an A+ condition, looking like brand new and both will serve now on several cameras – digital and analog.

From time to time I’ll post my experience with these old lenses.

Enjoy 😉

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P.P.S. More old stuff on my Website 😉

Australian Adventure

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

It’s time to launch a new short series.

Lasting nearly two years of postprocessing (just kidding), sorting, sorting and … sorting, I’m now about to put my Australian Adventure live on Flickr – check it out.

In November 2015 we started from Munich via Dubai to Perth – our first short rest on a new continent.

I’ve never been there before and had read lots of guides, but when approaching the Western-Australian shoreline by plane, it is an amazing view. Hours and hours, nothing else than the endless waters of the Indian Ocean. Then suddenly a line … a line from horizon to horizon … a straight line, which defines the coastline of Freemantle, just before approaching Perth.

Perth, a flat city with a clearly defined Central Business District, where some skyscrapers strive reaching the sky.

Around 1.5 Mio. people live in Perth on approx. 5500 km² – Wow.
Around 3.5 Mio people live in Berlin … on 900 km².

From Perth, we headed down south-east to Esperance, finding lots of places on our trip. Back to Perth, we jumped over to Melbourne for a short stop, before jumping down to Tasmania for another week, finally spending some very nice days back in Melbourne. At least some of our impressions you can see in the Flickr photo-story.

Enjoy 😉

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Contax RX Mirror Slip …

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Recently I had the issue with my Contax RX, when the mirror hit the lens’ rear part during several exposures.

After investigating on the web, I found this a common issue with contax cameras. The glue, fixing the mirror on the mirror carrier, gets loose over the years. Thus, as the camera is usually standing upright and the mirror is then on a slope, the mirror drifts downwards.

I found a nice solution on the web, using a hair dryer and some superglue.

After heating the mirror around a minute or so … very carefully moving the dryer back and forth, as the camera gets quite hot … I could move the mirror back into it’s correct position.

Finaly I put some superglue onto the edge between mirror and mirror-carrier.

Up to now, it fits 😉

P.S. Full Story here on Digicamclub.

 

No GAS …

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Es ist endlich soweit.

Kein GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) – es ist genügend Material für viiieeelll Spaß vorhanden und daher kommt erst einmal nichts Neues dazu.

Ich freue mich schon mal auf die vielen kommenden Bilder – es sollten dann eine ganze Reihe Filme dabei sein.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

FullFrame

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Allen Verfechtern von “Fullframe ist das einzige Wahre” sei hier noch einmal die ganz einfache Erläuterung von Zack Arias ans Herz gelegt.

… zum Ersten

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Warum, wieso und weshalb ist die Welt so, wie sie ist?