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The Vito Stats

Now almost two years ago I spent a few days in Stockholm, mainly to attend the 24h Fotomaraton. The day before the competition began I used a Voigtländer Vito B and four rolls of film to warm up my photography muscles. Three films were black and white ones but the fourth one was colour. During the last roll I realized that the film wasn't winding properly so had some fears that the pictures wouldn't come out as I hoped. (I mention this here .) And in hindsight all three developed rolls suffer from double exposures of various kinds. With that said I am really happy with the few usable pictures I got. Above is a cropped version of the first image in this post. The photos are proof that the Vito B has a very 'nifty fifty'. I. e. the lens is very good - at least in daylight situations at apertures 5,6 to 11 which was all I got during the day of the excursion. I even got a spectacular view of the Old Town / Gamla Stan out of a double exposed picture as can be s

Barmy Marmy

Some time ago I made a post about modding yet another lens from a defective compact camera to fit my Olympus Pen F ( here ). The lens in question was from a Zeiss Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 500 AE Electronic and had the following specifications: Voigtländer Color Lanthar 42mm 1:2.8.   I've now - with the efficient service of the people at Pixelgrain in Berlin - had the first film developed and scanned. I am very pleased with the resulting photographs. Some of the praise is due to the great scans - compared to the results I get from my own moody scanner. But the lens is also a real performer!  These photos are made with the half-frame Olympus Pen F, so the Color Lanthar, which is almost a wide angle lens at 42mm on a full frame camera, shows an image equivalent to a 63mm lens. The last pair of photos was taken on a very (common) overcast in mid-winter. The two above that are from a sunny day in the autumn. The above and following photos show the great variety of lighti

Metering Range

I want to write a little something about this kit which I will use a bit during the summer. There is an older post about the most recent roll I developed from the camera here .   The most important thing in the picture above is to the top right: The light meter! This one's a Unittic - I'd never heard about the brand before. It works - that's the whole point. A used light meter is easy to find at a very decent price. Mine was €20 including shipping from the Swedish auction giant . There is an abundance of light meter apps as well. I prefer to keep a real one in my back pocket, though. Most light meters produced 1950 to 1975 were selenium cell based, I gather. That means no need for a battery. It also means that when you've found one it may not work properly even though the metering needle moves, so one needs to check it for accuracy before use, which is an easy task.   I keep my light meter with me so can use a camera of choice depending on the purpose of the day'

Rescue Team

A farmer's wife modelling in the midst of summer? Today I received a mail from Rescued Film Project containing three black & white scans. The RFP "rescues" old/found undeveloped rolls of film for posterity. I've shipped them at least ten rolls that I've found in cameras that I've bought primarily in Sweden but also from European countries. The featured three are from three different rolls. The two first were probably made by Swedish photographers. A Swedish language student in a French city, sometime in the 1960s? What's the name of the bistro? Le Vra...? A Yugoslav family sometime in the 1950s? You can send found film to RPF - see link here . Their site is interesting with some great galleries depending on your interests - I am in particular fond of the ' Paul ' gallery, with pictures by this man chronicling his kids' life in and out of the house. Don't forget to support them on Patreon , and get first glances at exciti