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Title: Back to Basics
Post by: swanseadave on April 27, 2015, 05:29:39 PM
I love rangefinder cameras but had only one,Olympus XA.
I`ve just bought a Zorki 4/Jupiter 50mm f2 which I`m told is actually a Carl Zeiss Sonnar,something about war reparation.


It really is back to basics since it has no meter so to help my "guesstimates"I`ve also bought a Leningrad 7 meter.


I have to say that the Zorki is a joy to use and I`m thoroughly enjoying myself.
Title: Re: Back to Basics
Post by: swanseadave on April 29, 2015, 08:54:54 AM
I have to say I`m surprised and rather disappointed nobody has responded to the above.
Title: Re: Back to Basics
Post by: Faldrax on April 29, 2015, 12:45:45 PM
Sorry, been busy at work - so read but not replied :(

I have a Zeiss Ikon Contaflex III (which has a Tessar 50 f/2.8 lens) that belonged to my grandfather , but have to admit that it just sits in the cupboard - like the Zorki it has no meter, and while I could cope with the pace of manual metering, etc. the cost and delay inherent in using film has meant I have not tried it since learning enough about photography to be able to use it effectively!

Title: Re: Back to Basics
Post by: swanseadave on April 29, 2015, 02:31:51 PM
I tend to shoot quite a lot of film but I have them developed only then I scan them.I don`t have them printed.
Any I want a "hard copy" of I`ll print myself.


Actually the Zorki weighs more than my Alpha with kit lens.It`s a heavy beast but I love using it.
Title: Re: Back to Basics
Post by: chappo1 on April 30, 2015, 02:11:54 AM
Film is a distant memory for me and my Minolta XE 5 has sat in the cupboard un looked at for 15 years.....john
Title: Re: Back to Basics
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on April 30, 2015, 09:16:05 PM
I have to say I`m surprised and rather disappointed nobody has responded to the above.

sorry about replying very late, but I plan to have a darkroom in my new bungalow that I have designs for on my pc, just need to win the lottery first though...........

oh to get my hands wet again..............
Title: Re: Back to Basics
Post by: chappo1 on April 30, 2015, 11:25:33 PM
Sorry guys I wish that we had digital in my earlier years-  much much more civilised.  I could do black and white developing by adjusting for the temperature but not having a temp controlled environment, colour was a disaster and an expensive disaster at that....john
Title: Re: Back to Basics
Post by: AScot on May 04, 2015, 06:36:52 PM
When I was 13 or 14 (60 years ago!) I had a darkroom and with the help of my father, I built an enlarger. It worked great and I decided to get into color printing and slides. I could not afford color sensitive paper and developing chemicals for printing color but I found a store that sold film, paper and chemicals from a type of film that was obsolete (It was last used during the 2nd WW). I can't remember the name of it or details of the process, but it did work. It was a film and to get a negative you had to make a contact print to film. I also used to develop modern (for the time) Kodak positive (slide) and negative film (prints) and did a few weddings when I was a bit older. I mounted all the transparencies in sealed glass and had a light viewer.

When I moved to Canada I sent all that stuff by sea. The dockers unloading the ship dropped it over board onto the dock. They called me to come and pick up my stuff. By the time I got there, all my photography gear had been stolen! That is, the bits that were not broken. I was covered by insurance, but insurance does not cover the memories.

Fortunately I had taken my camera (A 1953 Voigtlander Vito B + a Zeiss Ikon meter) on the plane with me. and I still have them, in working order. But there is no way that I am getting back into developing film. You just can't beat digital.