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A Contax 167MT and a Carl Zeiss Distagon 2.8/28mm in Porto

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

This time in Porto … some­thing went ter­ribly wrong. Get­ting back my films from the lab, they wrote that some images were under­ex­posed. See­ing the res­ults, around 1/3rd of the frames were near black and I’m still guess­ing what happened.

The Con­tax 167MT with its Carl Zeiss Dis­tagon 2.8/28mm worked quite well with the Kodak Ultramax 400 film and I was really impressed how flaw­less this combo handles, shoot­ing in aper­ture pri­or­ity mode.

On one situ­ation I noticed, that the aper­ture set­ting on the lens and the aper­ture dis­play in the view­find­er did not match. The view­find­er dis­play showed f/4 when f/11 was set on the lens, which res­ults in an under­ex­posed frame, as the cam­era reduces the shut­ter speed to get a prop­er expos­ure.

I found out that the lens was not locked prop­erly. Seems, as when tak­ing the cam­era out of the bag, I acci­dent­ally hit the lens release but­ton and unlocked the lens. This was a mess, as I did not know how long the lens was unlocked, as I usu­ally do not check the aper­ture in the view­find­er, know­ing what aper­ture I set on the lens.

Well, this might have explained the issue on one film, but I have 1/3 of the frames ruined on both films I made. I’ll shoot anoth­er roll to see if this beha­viour returns when care­fully watch­ing the lens is locked prop­erly. In addi­tion, some of the ‘well exposed’ frames show massive amount of grain, as if the lab has tried to ‘res­cue’ them.

As I made some digit­al frames besides the ana­log ones, the loss is not dis­astrous, but it annoys me that it happened at all, not noti­cing the aper­ture dis­crep­ancy. I was … too care­less this time. Or maybe I was simply too dis­trac­ted by the beauty of that city.

Let’s see what comes up from this story when finally post­ing the images made — both ana­log and digit­al.

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 5)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Part 5 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West. Com­ing to the final (ana­log) part of our tour which leads us from Con­nemara back to Dub­lin.

Leav­ing won­der­ful Con­nemara and the County Gal­way …

… and enter­ing Dub­lin — what a con­trast.

Hav­ing some nice food …

… and walk­ing over the Ha’­Penny Bridge.

Next post will cov­er the digit­al part of the jour­ney.
Earli­er parts of this series can be found here.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

The Beauty and the Beast V

Monday, October 21st, 2019

This time I’ll present two extraordin­ary lenses in my tiny series with a beauty and a beast. Well, guess who’s the beauty and who’s the beast.

On the left side of the ring there is the
Voigtländer Super-Wide-Heli­ar 4.5/15mm in M39 Mount
Optics: 8 ele­ments in 6 groups (incl. 1 aspher­ic­al ele­ment)
Aper­ture: f/4.5‑f/22
Min. focus­sing dis­tance: 0.3m
Weight: 105g
Length: 30.7mm

On the right side of the ring there is the
Tak­u­mar SMC 3.5/15mm in M42 Mount
Optics: 13 ele­ments in 12 groups (incl. 1 aspher­ic­al ele­ment)
There exist two ver­sions — depend­ing on the mark­ings on the dis­tance scale
7–4‑2 means with aspher­ic­al ele­ment, 7–3‑2 means w/o aspher­ic­al ele­ment
Aper­ture: f/3.5‑f/22
Fil­ters: UV, sky­light, yel­low and orange included
Min. focus­sing dis­tance: 0.3m
Weight: 570g
Length: 81,5mm

Just to men­tion, images were taken with a Sony A7R2 and the Carl Zeiss Jena Flekto­gon 2.4/35mm lens.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 4)

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Part 4 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West.

Leav­ing The Bur­ren and Doolin (and the Cliffs of Moher, but that’s anoth­er … more digit­al … story) behind us, we headed north to touch Gal­way, the beau­ti­ful old town lay­ing on our way to Con­nemara County.

Gal­way … with some typ­ic­al Irish pub :)

From Gal­way it was a short, but nev­er­the­less beau­ti­ful ride to Clif­den — our final stay in the west.

Dog’s Bay and Gur­teen Bay — two nice beaches lay­ing vis-á-vis on a spit of land.

The tiny vil­lage of Round­stone, with its ceram­ics and craft shops.

Up to the Skyroad (giv­ing its unique driv­ing exper­i­ence), driv­ing by cloud covered hills and …

… hav­ing a fant­ast­ic look from the Wild Atlantic View­point.

… still more ana­log work to come.

Earli­er parts of this series can be found here.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 3)

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Part 3 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West.

From the Dingle Pen­in­sula we headed north to Doolin where we found loads of beau­ti­ful Cafes and Pubs.

We found some old stuff … around Doolin.

We found some very old stuff in the Bur­ren — a carst region …

… also host­ing some very old neo­lith­ic dol­men.

The Bur­ren — worth hik­ing.

… more to come.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

Porst Pocketpak EL

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

It was dec­ades ago in my life when I bought this cam­era in my con­stant strive for becom­ing a bet­ter pho­to­graph­er — LOL. It was some­where between 1970 and 1975 when I thought, using my then cam­era, an Agfa Optima 200 Sensor, was not good enough for me and I strongly needed an “upgrade” to some­thing more light­weight and so.

Money was an issue and so I ended up with this then hyped cam­era type, a type 110 film cart­ridge pock­et cam­era from Photo Porst — the Porst Pock­et­pak EL.

If you want to know more about this then world’s largest photo equip­ment deal­er Photo Porst AG, you can find loads of inform­a­tion here — it’s a Ger­man web­site, so maybe using Google Trans­lat­or is an option for you.

I have to admit here, that I nev­er got a single really sharp image out of this cam­era. I claimed the cam­era for this, but who knows.

I do not find the ori­gin­al manu­al, so there is no way to name the tech­nic­al specs. Top­ping this, nowhere on the web you can find a single piece of inform­a­tion about it and so I put here on my tiny blog what I know about and what I guess. Maybe some lucky read­ers know a little bit more about this cam­era.

The type 110 cart­ridge gives a 13 x 17 mm neg­at­ive size, which is roughly a quarter the size of a 35mm film with its 24 x 36 mm. This is com­par­able to today’s Micro Four Thirds sensor size of 13.5 x 18 mm and its ima­ging area of 13 x 17.3 mm.

Let’s make a jour­ney around the body …

From the left, first comes the small win­dow hous­ing the expos­ure meter, then comes the lens behind a pro­tect­ive glass and to the right sits the view­find­er. The lens might be a 4/21mm fix focus or zone focus type — if it’s sim­il­ar to its sib­lings from Photo Porst — with 1.2 to 1.5m min­im­um focus­sing dis­tance. Unfor­tu­nately there is noth­ing writ­ten around the lens, so it’s a guess only. The view­find­er con­tains a red LED, warn­ing on low shut­ter speeds and a green plastic indic­at­or, show­ing a cor­rect expos­ure.

Three focus steps, dis­tant, mid and close range can be set via a switch on the top of the body. Right to this focus switch there is a flash mount, where a dis­tance hold­er can be inser­ted to avoid the fam­ous red eyes. Stand­ard 4x flash­cubes can be used. Fur­ther to the right you find the shut­ter release but­ton with a screw-in cable release sock­et to it’s left.

From the left you find the view­find­er, the film check/cartridge win­dow and above, the cam­era back release switch.

Again from the left we have the view­find­er, the two cart­ridge hold­er recesses, in between the shut­ter and lens unit and finally the bat­tery com­part­ment.

On the left there is the tri­pod sock­et and on the right is the shut­ter cock and film advance slider.

The bat­tery (yes, I turned it upside down … or … no, wait, I glued it onto the ceil­ing :) is some kind of spe­cial type — which is no longer avail­able and so makes the cam­era a dead piece of plastic. How­ever, when hit­ting the release but­ton, the shut­ter fires, so there seems to be some kind of fixed manu­al shut­ter speed.

The shut­ter is elec­tron­ic­ally con­trolled and might be be cap­able of some­thing between 1/30 to 1/500 of a second — if it’s sim­il­ar to its sib­lings from Photo Porst.

So far for the moment. You know more about this little cam­era or have an old manu­al you wanna share?

In case you’d like to con­trib­ute some inform­a­tion about this little piece of plastic from the 70s, do not hes­it­ate to send a com­ment. It’s highly appre­ci­ated.

Maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 2)

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Part 2 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West.

Arriv­ing in Dub­lin, we imme­di­ately got our car and headed south­east. Dub­lin itself was planed as the Great Final of the tour.
Some people (greet­ings to Jim) are recom­mend­ing to hire a car as small as pos­sible, as driv­ing in Ire­land can be chal­len­ging and Irleands roads are some­times quite nar­row. Indeed they are right. Nev­er­the­less it was great fun driv­ing a not-so-small car on one lane coun­try roads ;)

What I can recom­mend is def­in­itely an auto­mat­ic trans­mis­sion mod­el, as driv­ing on the wrong side is some­thing you get used to, but it takes a little bit. Not sure how people here can drive their whole life long on the wrong side of the road.

Our first stop down to the west was … Kilkenny. Yes, they’re fam­ous for their castle and … their beer. At least I thought when in the even­ing order­ing a loc­al Kilkenny at the pub. The friendly wait­ress told me, that since many years the Kilkenny was brewed at Guin­ness in Dub­lin. Again what learned.

As it was a one night stop in Kilkenny, we had to hurry to see all the things worth vis­it­ing here. Old Smith­wicks Brew­ery, Domin­ic­an Black Abbey, the Cathed­ral Church of St Canice or Matt The Millers Bar & Res­taur­ant, just to men­tion some.

On the road

On our way fur­ther down, we went over Jer­point Abbey and the Rock of Cashel to Kil­lar­ney, finally reach­ing our B&B in Beaufort on the Kerry Pen­in­sula.

Kerry

The next days we stayed here, explor­ing the south­w­est. Hik­ing in the Kil­lar­ney Nation­al Park vis­it­ing the Muck­ross House on Loch Leane, the Gap of Dun­loe (cool driv­ing exper­i­ence), Lady’s View, the Ring of Kerry and Valen­tia Island, from where since 1866 the first per­man­ent com­mu­nic­a­tion link between Europe and the North Amer­ica was oper­ated.

From Beaufort, we headed over to Inch Beach (cool Irish beach), from where we explored the Dingle Pen­in­sula and we met Fungie — the fam­ous dol­phin.

… more to come.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

The Beauty and the Beast IV

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

In my from-time-to-time-mini-series about cam­era vari­ants of ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, this time I made a cof­fee break on a hot sum­mer day in  my Home­land and put two won­der­ful cam­er­as side by side. A Voigtländer Bessa R, armed with a Voigtländer Col­or-Sko­par 2.5/35mm lens and a Fuji X100s with its fixed lens, the Fujinon Super EBC 2/23mm.

The Voigtländer Bessa R from 2000 is a full manu­al ana­log film rangefind­er, using its bat­tery for the expos­ure meter only. Tech­nic­al specs and loads of reviews are avail­able on the web, so I don’t repeat it here. This Bessa cam­era line from Cos­ina was an attempt to deliv­er afford­able rangefind­er-style cam­er­as to the audi­ence from 1999 on.

The Fuji X100s from 2013, as all cam­er­as in the X100 line, is Fuji’s suc­cess­ful retro attempt to bring back manu­al con­trols and the visu­al rep­lica of the legendary rangefind­er era. An APS‑C size X‑Trans sensor, fully digit­al, with all the auto­mat­ic-modes one might need and all this packed in a body resem­bling the Leica M style.

So it’s all going down to ana­log vs digit­al and fully manu­al vs fully auto­mated. Shoot­ing both of them is a pure pleas­ure and this time I’ve no clue which is to be named the beauty and which the beast. So what, let’s have a cup of cof­fee and enjoy the haptic­al and visu­al impres­sions.

Do you have pairs of cam­er­as which you’d call ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ too?

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

A Nikon F‑301 travelling Ireland

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Over­ture

Mid 2017 we made a two week trip through Ire­land. Motiv­ated by Jim Grey from Down the Road who made sev­er­al won­der­ful posts about his jour­ney in 2016, I tried to get hands on an old ana­log Nikon F‑301 cam­era with a 35mm lens attached. I packed five rolls of Agfa Vista 400 to feed the Nikon and packed … guess what .… my Work­horse as an every­day backup togeth­er with its fant­ast­ic M.Zuiko 12–40mm PRO lens.

 

 

You can find the Agfa Vista 400 col­our ver­sion and a black & white ver­sion of all images here … I will add them in my cur­rent Ire­land series over the next days and weeks.

After this, in a second series, the digit­al res­ults will fol­low.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

A Yashica T5 sailing the IJsselmeer

Friday, June 21st, 2019

In sum­mer 2017 we chartered a boat, a 24m long tjalk, to sail the IJs­sel­meer and Mark­er­meer for a week. The Vrouw Dina — that’s the boat’s name — was com­manded  by two skip­pers — Simi and Daniel — and we acted as their ama­teur­ish part time crew.

I choose my old Yash­ica T5 to come with me … loaded with Agfa Vista 200. Reas­ons for choos­ing the Yash­ica T5 were that it’s water­proof — to a cer­tain degree, that it’s small — it fits in a pock­et and that it’s fully auto­mat­ic — per­fect if you have not much time to fiddle around with set­tings Sure, I had my work­horse — guess what — with me, but this time there was no use for it, as the Yasi­h­ica T5 did a very good job and the rest was shot with an iPhone. All images from the film can be found here.

We star­ted from Enkhuizen, get­ting a first brief­ing on-board the boat. After load­ing our lug­gage, we star­ted our first tour to Hoo­rn. The small town, foun­ded in 716, was name-giv­ing for one of the most fam­ous loc­a­tions on earth — Cape Horn. Willem Schouten, who circled it in 1616, named the south­ern­most part of the Amer­icas after its birth­place.

Dur­ing Hol­land’s Golden Age between 1602 and 1799, when it became a glor­i­ous sea­farer and trade empire, Hoo­rn was an import­ant home base of the Dutch East India Com­pany (VOC), one of the first mul­tina­tion­al cor­por­a­tions, issu­ing bonds and shares of stock to the gen­er­al pub­lic.

On we go from Hoo­rn to Mon­nik­endam.

… and fur­ther we go from Mon­nik­endam to Marken … and fur­ther on to Medemb­lik.

On our way to Lem­mer …

… and back to Enkhuizen.

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.