I'm planning to visit Paris in five and a half years, with
my daughter who will be ten years old. That would be eleven years since
the last time I was there. I'm like most anybody - nostalgic about the classic French photographers, like my favourite Robert Doisneau. And about the Eternal city itself.
Since I'm a bit of a francophile (some would say severe) I am preparing for the trip by teaching my daughter some french and presenting bits and pieces of French culture to her - and myself! Since I've also stepped up a level or two in photophilia recently I also make plans for the perfect camera kit to bring. I would need proper wide angled lenses for crowded streets, portrait/compositions lenses, and tele for far-off-ish scenery.
Canon P with 20 mm Nikon lens on adapter. I would use a 35 mm on it.
Fed 2 with 50 mm. This one would be fitted with the 20 mm and the external viewfinder of my own design.
For the first time I tried using a blue filter when photographing. It is supposed to subdue the red colours which will make skin tones softer but more detailed. On this occasion I didn't make any portraits, though. It's from an excursion in Klippan and Röda Sten area in Gothenburg.
Here is a post with two pictures from the same roll.
It is only a camera. Yet, why am I smitten? And common sense tells us that the lens is what technically makes the picture what it is. The lens projects the image onto whatever surface is there. It does not matter what the vessel holding up that surface looks like. Lenses may well be objects of fetish. But camera bodies?
Let me start again.
My Akarette II is one of the best cameras I've used. This text will be an attempt at explaining this bold statement. Additionally it will consist of a comparison between my experience of using the seemingly very similar cameras Akarette II and Voigtländer Vito B.
When writing this I have used the Vito B for something like four months. The main bulk of my experience comes from a 48 hour stint in Stockholm in August - where most of the Vito example pictures stem from.
The Akarette has been in my care for about four weeks. I just received the negatives from the first two rolls I've exposed with this camera from the lab. I've us…