This post is all out of order, but I am impressed by a peculiar piece of hardware I picked up recently. More specifically a peculiar piece of camera hardware for a peculiar camera. The camera in question? The (deep breath) Zeiss Ikon Contaflex II.
A camera that I had no idea ever existed not that long ago. Continue reading This Old Camera: Zeiss Ikon Teleskop 1.7x Adapter
First test roll through a recently acquired $15 Zenit E that I unwittingly tried to destroy by attaching a Takumar M42 screw mount to it (Do not ever do this as it quickly jammed itself on the body. There is a pin on the lens that will jam in one of the screw-heads on the face of the Zenit’s mount.) followed by a camera store fix visit with no change followed by my own brief berserker episode w/ a .009 feeler gauge that managed to save camera and lens.
Now matched w/ the intended era correct favorite lens of mine, the Helios 44 2. Continue reading Scanner files: First Roll Through the Russian Tank Zenit E w/ Kodak Gold 200
Wrote more about the Contax G System as a contributing writer at KEH Camera’s blog, but this is an early post with the Contax G1. I predict that there will be much more written about the Contax G1. Why? On a high-level it is so good that…
- I am already on film roll 4 in a weeks time.
- I have not used any digital gear since I received it.
- It prompted me to do something I had no intention of doing. Getting a G2.
Continue reading Scanner files: Contax G1.. and G2 too.
So I walk into Southeastern Camera…
(The beginning to many a story.)
…and ask, “What do you have in new that is film, auto exposure, with a built in lens and costs around $50.” To which Dennis replies, “I have your next camera right here, Eric.”
This would freak me out, but similar exchanges have become quite common there.
And it was marked at $50 exactly. After a quick flickr sample shot search I was sold. This is not my first film Konica purchased here. Darth Vader’s disco ball helmet (aka AiBORG) preceded it.
But other than being film, AF, otherworldly consistent in image output, and having Konica written on them these two cameras could not be more different. Where the AiBORG is a mash up of 80s form and function oddity born in the early 90s and full blown automation the C35 AF2 (and AF before it) is 70s function and design minimalism birthed in 1980. Where some aspects of the AiBORG beg the question why, everything about the C35 just makes sense. I do enjoy the AiBORGs quirkiness, but I would choose the C35 any day. The only worthwhile advantage the AiBORG offers over the C35 is zoom and that is not worth it. I still enjoy owning (moreso than shooting) the AiBORG, but it has one glaring fault. Its viewfinder is like looking through a hole punched through a potato with a pencil. The one on the C35 is a joy by comparison with it’s big and bright vantage point. It even has a parallax adjusted view box for close framing. In use it feels much like my beloved rangefinders.Which it seems to actually be… but with AF. On to minuses, pluses, and sample galleries and link to more images. Continue reading This Old Camera: Konica C35 AF2
One of the lenses that Sony has released in the last year that interested me was this lens. (The other being the instant favorite 85mm f/1.8.) Why? It is 50mm. And I am a sucker for a 50mm sub f/2.0 prime lens.
And now Sony was offering one at an unusually affordable price… for Sony. $249. Not quite the bargain that the $599 85mm f/1.8 is, but I beat that price by finding one used for $156. Even better. So I heard a few murmurs about this lens online so let’s address those first.
Continue reading Good new. Great second hand. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
Recently picked up a Nikon FE as detailed in my latest This Old Camera episode. Overall it was in great shape physically and more importantly, after initial testing, functionally. One thing. The bottom part of the ‘i’, the ‘k’ and the ‘n’ on the front of the camera were missing. No big. Cosmetic only. Since the FE does not carry the model name/number on the front I actually considered removing the remaining ‘N’, dot and ‘o’ to match and be all stealth like. Until I realized that was silly and I would much rather restore it to it’s former glory. What to do?
To the internets! Turns out that after some brief, but intense Googling I found a few companies I never heard of that make paint pens. Who knew? Not wanting to wait for an online order I stopped through a couple of Lowe’s Depots and found that Sharpie made just such a product as well:
Continue reading Bit of Vintage Camera DIY: From N.o back to Nikon.