Buckshot asked to shoot your shelf, I did because he wanted to see how a Zeiss Ikon Tengor Box looks like. Well I am a bit ashamed. I never put all my camera's toghether and honestly I was a bit impressed and feeling of guilt came over me. It was not "woow look at all those camera's", but rather " Were did I get all that stuff?"
First off all, I never saw them all toghether. I keep a few on my shelf in the living room, a few are always in my camera bag, some a are in a vintage travelling case (the case literally travels through our house as it is always somewhere it shoudn’t be). Some camera’s are upstairs in a closet, some are in a wooden box in the baby’s room and some are in an another wooden box upstairs. So when I started gathering them toghether I already saw that there were a lot of camera’s. I know every camera I have and I use almost all of them, but seeing them all at the same time was strange. I was planning on doing a little story on every camera, but that’s impossible. So I decided to do a little highlightning of some camera’s.
I will start with the ones that are not in the picture. The Minolta XG is a fine SLR. It is old but it works on contemporary batteries. So the lightmeter works fine. In the picture you also see a broken Minolta SRT 101 and a Minolta Hi-Matic 7 rangefinder. These work on mercury batteries, which are unavailable now. But you can use them without batteries. The Hi-Matic 7 is a highly recommendable rangfinder. It is made of metal and has a fine f/1.7 lens and it is cheap !
In my camera bag there were a few camera’s I forgot to include in the picture. A fuji GW690, that’s a pro rangefinder but a very funny one. It looks like a normal rangefinder, it takes a while to notice how big it is. I use it to shoot infrareds, because IR and rangefinders are a good combo. Also in the bag was Holga Stereo cam. That one will be the topic of my next blog entry. And a Halina Panorama. That’s a real crappy toy camera. I loaded it one year ago and i did not finish the roll yet.
So @buckshot the Zeiss Ikon Tengor Box, is the box next to the wall and next to the Kodak Hawkeye Model B box. I think everyone should have a box and you should not pay more then 5 euros for it. The Kodak is real crappy it has an aperture of f/11 and the shutter fires around 1/30th. So even with slow film you get easily overexposed pictures. The Zeiss Ikon has three aperture settings, up to f/25 and three focus settings (1m, 4-6m and far away).
@Nostalgina You see the Recesky next to my other TLR’s. You will have to wait for some results because the shutter doesn’t work properly. I tested it, worked fine, screwed the TLR toghether and then the shutter did not work anymore. Opened it, fixed the shutter, screwed it toghether and the shutter failed again. So now I am trying to make that shutter fire for more then ten times. Next to the Recesky you see a Yashica44 and a 1938 Rolleiflex. I did not try the Yashica because I can’t find any decent 127 film. Bluefire in Canada is out of stock and my lab won’t process any expired film anymore (they had to clean their machine after the processed one of my expired films.)
About the view camera’s. I was planning on using them before september with paper instead of film. So I have to hurry. Last week I tried the 9×12 Voigtlander with 6×9 rollfilm back. When you see the 9×12 frame and compare it to the 6×9 ‘crop’ you really want to shoot full frame. I have no results because I managed to break the ground glass before my first shot.
About the Hasselblads. I bought seven years ago a 1967 500C with a back and an 80mm lens for 300 euros. That’s less than a new LC-A. And trust me it is one of the finest pieces I have ever held in my hands. So if you have any money. Go look for an old Hassie it won’t dissapoint you !!!
Greetz Wouter, Walter, Gauthier