zondag 30 januari 2011
donderdag 27 januari 2011
1938 Germany was top of the world (well - not everybody thought so) and Leitz made my very fine Leica Standart, still performing (but I have to check that shutter!) smoothly. Six years later Deutschland war in Schutt und Asche, but when the Americans marched into Wetzlar Leitz was still making my 9 cm. Elmar! You definitely can see it has been in the wars, but 1945 was hell. And again six years later some people had the money to convert my Leica and put a CRF on. Wir waren wieder wer! (I cannot translate that, it's a feeling with many aspects...) And today, in the city I love, we are finally repairing and enjoying life.
On the 1938/51 Leica was the 1945 Elmar 90mm F4, July 1999 Tmax100pro.
zaterdag 22 januari 2011
donderdag 20 januari 2011
Very posh, but also dark, those "Schadow Arkaden" and most Brownies don't have many possibilities. So I put it on the handrail, exposed two or three seconds (I wasn't very concentrated) at F32 (the Kodak manual stricktly forbids you to use that on I, only B is allowed...) and hoped for the best, on FP4.
The 1930 Kodak UK Brownie 2 does need some extra cleaning, the negative was very scratched.
zondag 16 januari 2011
zaterdag 15 januari 2011
This 1946 Perutz Perpantic was probably the first film produced in Germany after WWII, with American money. 90 Secs exposure at F9 in the Argoflex 1949 (I don't have a German 1946 camera)
The Jar is grey and blue "Steingut".
Small picture: this is how fresh Perpantic performed in 1937...
vrijdag 14 januari 2011
This pre 1946 film crumbled in the spiral and the pieces I got in came out divorced... but I managed to catch something on a piece of glass, and here it is!
"1946" Because I bought it with the Perpantic above, but this one burns like magnesium, so it could be older, I don't think it's nitrate, strange stuff...
Look below, and at my Flickr Photostream "Miracle" for the details.
The bowl is gold, grey and red painted on cream, from the famous Royal Ivory KPM, around 1932.
donderdag 13 januari 2011
woensdag 12 januari 2011
zondag 9 januari 2011
zaterdag 8 januari 2011
woensdag 5 januari 2011
Yes, the (possibly?) younger Svema32 has problems: fog, spots, sensitivity - but it has also that "je ne sais quoi", isn't it?
Both behind the ± 1973 Industar-29 at F4 in a Siberian cold wind.
"The Spy..." 1965 John le Carré
maandag 3 januari 2011
You can see some of the problems, I cannot believe it's 1993 but look at my Flickr photostream for that.
Also interesting: price-policy. You know those 5-years planning in the USSR, so let's take 5 years before the exp.date. That means Brezhnev in 1968 paid 40 kopeke for that Svema 65. Fifteen years later for Andropov it was still only 50, but in 1988 Gorbachev had to pay 1 rubel 5 kopeke. And you haven't seen this yet, but one year earlier the Svema 32 was only 35 kopeke.