Posts Tagged ‘analog’

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.


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.


A Nikon F‑301 travelling Ireland

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019


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.

Olympus OM-2n and H.Zuiko Auto‑W 2.8/24mm on Crete

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

As told in one of my pre­vi­ous posts, I was on a trip to Crete and this time an old Olym­pus OM-2n came with me. I decided to pick my Olym­pus H.Zuiko Auto‑W 2.8/24mm lens and loaded an Agfa Vista 200 film. The film is on its way to the lab and I’m keen get­ting it back soon. Until then, here is a first impres­sion … show­ing the hard life as a hiker.

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.

Olympus OM-2n with H.Zuiko Auto‑W 2.8/24mm

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Just leav­ing for a trip to Crete. Hav­ing the good old Olym­pus OM-2n with its H.Zuiko Auto‑W 2.8/24mm lens with me. The OM-2n has recently been for a CLA at the OM-Labor in Frank­furt, Ger­many. The 24mm lens has a nice repu­ta­tion and I’m keen to see how this combo fits. The cam­era will be loaded with Agfa Vista 200 col­or film.

Besides that, I’m car­ry­ing with me my work­horse — the Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M1 with its mar­vel­lous M.Zuiko 2.8/12–40mm lens and — as a light­weight addi­tion, the Ricoh GR II.

When I’m back from the trip I’ll have a short report in my tiny blog and put some images on my flickr page.

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.

Hiking the Haselstein and the Center of Central Europe

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

On this hike I car­ried with me three cam­er­as — maybe I should stay at one per hike only, as weight is always an issue.

The film one was a Con­tax G2 with its Carl Zeiss Biogon 2.8/28mm attached. I loaded a Kodak Ultramax 400. After the second image the cam­era stopped work­ing due to an empty bat­tery. As I had no spare on hand, all the rest was made digit­al only.

The first digit­al one was a Sony A7R2 with a M39 Voigtländer Col­or-Heli­ar 2.5/75mm attached where I loaded again … a pretty cool sensor ;)

The second digit­al one was the beloved Ricoh GR II.

The full album can be seen here on my flickr pages. I made a col­or ver­sion and a black & white ver­sion again.

Images above were made with the Con­tax G2, Carl Zeiss Biogon 2.8/28mm on Kodak Ultramax 400.

Images above were made with the Sony A7R2, Voigtländer Col­or-Heli­ar 2.5/75mm.

Images above were made with the Ricoh GR II.

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.

Prague w/ a Contax 159MM

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Spend­ing a day in Decem­ber in Prague, that town fam­ous for its light, its mood and its old archi­tec­ture. This time I choose a Con­tax 159MM to come along with me.

As we only had one day, it felt like speed dat­ing with this town. As it was end of the year, it was ugly cold here. So we decided to vis­it the main attrac­tions like the Hrad­schin with the castle, the cathed­ral, the Golden Alley then down to the Charles Bridge, the old town and then use the rest of the day strolling around and enjoy­ing the atmo­sphere. Cold, sunny and a lot of people around.

Unfor­tu­nately, my Con­tax 159MM seemed to have a light leak … show­ing on all images. Nev­er­the­less, the pic­tures taken have their own charm. I repaired the leak in the mean­time and the cam­era is await­ing its next run. All images can be found in my flickr album.

Do I have some­thing to say about this beau­ti­ful cam­era?

Well, the whole tech­nic­al stuff can be found on my web­site and numer­ous reviews can be seen on the inter­net — I lis­ted some on my web­site too, so there is no neces­sity to repeat it here.

Indeed … pick­ing up this little gem, it imme­di­ately falls into hand. I have rarely used a cam­era with which I felt so famil­i­ar with from the first con­tact. Com­pared to the older Con­tax 139 Quartz — besides some improved tech­nic­al stuff — it has a slightly pro­trud­ing hand­grip, which simply feels com­fort­able and the meter­ing is activ­ated by half-press­ing the shut­ter but­ton. A ded­ic­ated on/off switch, faster min. shut­ter speed, pro­gram mode (with all Zeiss MM lenses) and a bright, clear and huge view­find­er are some oth­er niceties. Size­wise, it plays in the league of the OM‑1, so you do not need to worry about first book­ing a gym.

My con­clu­sion: The Con­tax 159 MM is one of the best cam­er­as I ever had in my hands. This little gem thrills.

Maybe you’re ask­ing, how I found my way to these Con­tax gems?
There is one, who inspired me with the Con­tax Vir­us — its Dan James with his won­der­ful blog 35hunter. One can find loads of appre­ci­ations for these tech­no­lo­gic­al mir­acles.

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.

Hiking the Lerautal with a Canon A‑1 and a FD 1.4/50mm S.S.C. — Part II

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

As prom­ised in the first part of this Can­on A‑1 attempt, I have fin­ished the first roll of film — it’s again an Agfa Vista 200 — and it’s back from the lab, so it’s time to show some images.

A couple of images were made dur­ing a hike in the Lerautal — a val­ley with a small creek — the Lerau. The path fol­lowed first the hill up to the old castle ruin of Leuchten­berg (built in the 10th/11th cen­tury … and sorry, no pics here … maybe next time) and went then down into the val­ley of the Lerau. This val­ley is mainly covered by forest and the Lerau is mean­der­ing through it.

This time, I post-pro­cessed the col­our images slightly with Col­or­FX by apply­ing some kind of de-sat­ur­a­tion magic — the Agfa Vista is nor­mally show­ing more vivid col­ours. They can be found here. As I’m always see­ing scener­ies also in black and white, a b&w ver­sion can be found here.

Using the Can­on A‑1 more often, some of the quirks I men­tioned in my earli­er post do no longer both­er. Still, the combo is quite heavy and still the multi-func­tion wheel is some­thing one needs to get used to. Tech­nic­ally, the Can­on A‑1 worked flaw­less with its 1.4/50mm S.S.C. lens and so one can more focus on the import­ant part — see­ing scener­ies.

One thing, com­par­ing to let’s say a Con­tax 139 Quartz, a Con­tax 159 MM or even the Olym­pus OM-4Ti is, that the film advance works … not so smooth. This is some­how dis­ap­point­ing with a premi­um mod­el, but it may simply be caused by aging. So let’s not over­rate it here. I simply find it aston­ish­ing how dif­fer­ent the tact­ile feed­back of this mech­an­ism feels with dif­fer­ent cam­er­as, where it is always the same tech­nic­al pro­cess behind.

My con­clu­sion: It was inter­est­ing shoot­ing my old dream cam­era, but … I’m sure that I will not use this cam­era fre­quently. It’s def­in­itely no bad cam­era — under no cir­cum­stances, but it does not thrill me as much as I thought it will, dec­ades ago.

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.

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 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.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to check out my web­site too!


P.S. … and don’t for­get my Flickr page.

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.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to check out my web­site too!


P.S. … and don’t for­get my Flickr page.