Of all the things I know
I understand almost nothing

zaterdag 30 maart 2013

M39 - the 2013 Easter Lecture...

M39 - the famous screw-Leica, and all those Russian clones, early Zenits and other cameras. Interchangable lenses, wòw!

"Well, that's not entirely accurate,mr. president..." (Independence Day)

Looking for some WA for my фед, I bought that "widely available" индустар-69 and discovered that it's half-frame, ànd (I had a hell of a time finding a naked чайка) the film-plane distance is also different: the Elmar's don't fit the чайка either.

Then I bought the мир-1 "Grand Prix Brussels 1958", only to discover that this lens is nòt for CRF's. Sigh! So I ordered a 39/42 ring in Scotland and almost wrecked my Praktica. Ordered one in China but that hasn't arrived yet and then I could not wait any longer, I hàd to test it so wrapped that plumber-stuff around it (for concentricity) and glued it to the poor old LTL 3! Looks very posh!

"Are you serious...?"
Yes, I'm a daredevil. No respect for cameras whatsoever. But because even glue has some "thickness", infinite still came a lot nearer, so it is not the sharpest 37mm ever (and AgfaOrtho never gives that suggestion of sharpness).

Legendary M39 - too small, slow, nòt universal. But when I'm using my wartime Elmar on the Frankenstein it feels very, very right.

maandag 25 maart 2013

Wahrzeichen (mehrz.)

Erde zu Erde,
 Asche zu Asche,
 Staub zu Staub.

Eddy Doorenbos

# Weet je nog wel, die avond in de regen...

maandag 18 maart 2013

Heute im Angebot...:

Also sitzen wir bei 14° in der Sonne und kucken uns das grosse Ding an.
Geht stockwerketief in die Erde und wirft dann bescheidene Häppchen in den LKW.
Ich hab' meins schon drinne (Laugenschmaus), ORWO-Film in der Москва-2 hat nur 8 Aufnahmen, Heinemann, Terbuyken und fast bin ich schon wieder zuhause. Mit Kalinka Kefir für meine Блини.

donderdag 14 maart 2013

Vèry last snow (well....)

I have some problems buying a moderate Russian WA, but now at last I own a 1978 Jupiter-12.
At F4 not the sharpest 35mm I ever had, and some minor vignetting, but it's rather small, the Kiev fits in my pocket, even with the green filter on.
1987 AgfaOrtho in "Promicrol".

maandag 11 maart 2013

Der erste Biss...

...und bald ist er nur noch Vergangenheit.

E I couldn't resist this risky temptation and put my last Selochrome 1966 in ± 1940 Kodak D-11. No problem for the developer- but the film was stored badly: back paper stuck to the film, sticky paper dried out to dust and the "flash" could be moisture. Or something else...
МИР 65mm on the Салют.

woensdag 6 maart 2013

Two Corners

Then and now.
One corner: a famous name in Nijmegen starting something new. And only a few metres away another famous name in Nijmegen closed the doors forever.

I had seventies FP3 in the Praktica with Albinar 28 mm, developed in two teaspoons fourties D-11.

zaterdag 2 maart 2013


Passeggiata sulla Piazza Navona 1985, un gelato, calcio - e musica di Trovajoli


Yes I know: the (forties!) D-11 schould be more concentrated,
the (seventies!) FP3 is a bit grainy and egg-rolls aren't health food, 
but this is quality time with daddy. Nice!