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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.

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 out 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.

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

Enjoy

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