The Vredeborch Felica is a beautiful medium-format compact camera designed in the 1950s. It looks very chic and resembles the design of other classic cameras like the Diana.
In my early days of analog photography, I wanted a medium format camera. This should not be so expensive, because you wanted to try first. Then, I found a gray and light camera. Its shape resembled the Diana F+ a bit. It looked a bit damaged, but still lovable at a flea market. Later, I noticed that all the markers were missing at the camera.
I scoured the Internet until I found a camera, which was very similar to the one I had. I stuck small stickers with the correct shutter speed (1/25, 1/50, and Bulb) and distances on it by myself. You set the aperture using the symbols: cloudy (f8) and sun (f16). Then, I went to the next photography store and bought my very first 120 film and shot it through the camera.
After a few months, I found the same camera, new and black at a flea market, even with a bag. Since this day I knew that the name of the camera is Vredeborch Felica and not Vredeborch Stafetta Duo, as I wrote in in an old English review.
The Felica looks very chic and was produced in the mid-1950s. The design follow this. The images have a slight blur and vignetting in the corners. Both are much weaker than that from a Holga or Diana F+.
The center of the photo here is also the sharpest point. I prefer black and white films with the camera, because these films tolerate exposure errors at best and are simply a good combination. The camera is an eye-catcher and also the results.
Information for this review were taken from Camerapedia.
written by abcdefuck on 2012-01-04 #gear #120 #review #kompakt #lomography #roll-film #abcdefuck #mittelformat #vredeborch #film-camera #schwarz-weiss #felica #50er-jahre #user-review
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