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Showing posts from December, 2018

In Rapid Depression

I put my mitts on an Agfa Isomat-Rapid camera. It is (yet another) a camera which uses a now obsolete 35 mm film cassette format - the Rapid. Back in the day you would purchase a film cassette - in appearance much alike the common 35 mm one - which fit into the Rapid system cameras produced by several brands. The film cassette has a peg which tells the camera which ISO/ASA the film is to be exposed at. So you didn't need to keep track of that when loading the camera. In the camera there is also a take-up cassette which collects the exposed film. It is the take-up cassette - which also can be reloaded - that is handed over to the lab for developing. I use the camera mainly with the intention of using it as a cheaper testing/trial camera for square format composition, which usually is the standard for 120-film cameras (middle-format) but is more expensive to buy and develop. Using the Isomat I can expose something like 40 pictures on 35 mm film which I myself load into a feeding

Indoor Star

Industar 69 is a 28 mm lens originally made for a Soviet manufactured half-frame compact 35 mm film camera. I use it on my digital Fujifilm X-Pro1 half-frame sensor camera. And it produces very nice pictures. These were taken indoors during the Christmas week. The closest focusing distance is something like 25 cm which is great! There is a softness to the pictures, but not much circular bokeh which is otherwise common (and appreciated) in older lenses. Visit my camera shop getOurBooks at Etsy for more vintage lenses!

Being Fothloose

Some time ago I connected these three items with each other. ( Here .) A Foth Anastigmat lens was permanently stuck to the M42 mount ring, then screwed on to the Chinonflex TTL SLR. Now I've exposed and developed one roll and learnt some things about taking pictures with the lens. Lesson 1: The lens is very sensitive to flare. The front glass is very exposed to light from the sides. Note to self: Get a lens hood. Lesson 2: For some reason the aperture markings on the lens are not correct. All my pictures were under exposed. I used an external light meter. The next time I will use the TTL:s internal light meter and corroborate with the reading I get from the external one.   The difference in aperture could be due to the age and fogging(?) of the glass. It could also be because the lens was designed for another camera altogether - and a 127-film bellows camera at that. When push comes to shove the external light meter can be at fault, though I doubt it. Note to self: Corrobo