New Kids on the Contax/Yashica Block …

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.

Enjoy 😉

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Firenze …

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.

See more beautiful b/w pics on my Flickr–page.

Enjoy 😉

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

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.

Enjoy 😉

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Blossom Impressions …

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 …

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

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 …

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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Australian Adventure

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 …

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 …

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.