Contax Aria and Yashica ML 2.8/24mm

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.

Technical specs can be found here, so there’s no need to duplicate them.

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Hiking along the Waldnaab

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.… Read the rest

Hiking around Flossenbürg and Gaisweiher

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. … Read the rest

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

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 LXRead the rest

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

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.

Olympus OM-2 spot/program

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

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)

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Australian Adventure – Murals

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.

In case you’d like to comment, it’s appreciated … and maybe, you want to check … Read the rest

Contax 139 Quartz and … the rise of the Phoenix

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 …

And now let’s start with some beautification 😉

There are some resources on the web where you can find new … Read the rest

Homeland – Amaryllis

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 … Read the rest

Australian Adventure – Melbourne Skyline

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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Enjoy 😉

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Homeland Daybreak

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.

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Australian Adventure – Classic Cars

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.

Enjoy 😉

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Australian Adventure IV – Melbourne

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, … Read the rest

Hiking the Waldnaabaue Tirschenreuth

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.

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Contax AX mirror slip …

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 … Read the rest

The Beauty and the Beast …

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, … Read the rest

Australian Adventure III

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 … Read the rest

Entering Soviet Territory …

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 … Read the rest

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

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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 … Read the rest