Posts Tagged ‘flossenbürg’

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 contax139.co.uk 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.

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Hiking the Burgruine Weissenstein

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Between the years we were hiking to the Burg Weissenstein in the Upper Palatinates Stonewood Forest. During a snowstorm, in a winter wonderland, we found the Burg covered by an ice shield. This area is one of my favorite hiking regions during all seasons.

All images were taken with the highly appreciated Ricoh GR II. The more I use this camera, the more I find it a really wonderful camera, both, in the resulting images and in the ease and flexibility of use.

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Hiking around Flossenbürg and Gaisweiher

Wednesday, 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. That’s a short hiking tour which takes ~1,5 hours.

Burg Flossenbürg, Ricoh GR II Burg Flossenbürg, Ricoh GR II

Not to mention, I gave the Ricoh GR II another try. It did not disappoint me and delivered wonderful results.

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