Thank goodness winter is over. The long, severe winter we suffered severely curtailed my photography and made me plenty sour. At one point I got desperate and searched the house for subjects. Cameras are in abundant supply, so I put several on my coffee table and photographed them.
Ilford Delta 400 film was in, and a 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor lens was on, my new old Nikon F2AS. Because it was a gray day, diffuse light entered the nearby picture window. I opened the lens wide, creating a very narrow range of sharp focus. I found the results to be interesting and pleasing. In particular, I enjoy how you can see the tabletop woodgrain only in front of the camera. I also enjoy extrapolating the sharp-focus plane from the in-focus camera details. That’s easier to do when you view these photos at larger sizes; you can do that by clicking any of them to view them on Flickr.
I keep meaning to shoot my Olympus Trip 35 again. Maybe it can accompany me on a road trip this year. It should be a great camera for capturing landscapes.
I’ve bought a few other Kodak Retina cameras, but after buying this highly satisfying Retina IIa I don’t need to buy any more. Unlike the Retina Ia, its viewfinder is usably large and it features a rangefinder.
I managed to get only parts of the upper-left corner of my Argus C3 in sharp focus. When I started collecting again several years ago, the C3 was on my short list. I own three now, but their odd usability makes me unlikely to shoot them again.
I own two Yashica TL-Electro bodies, and both of them suffer from sticky shutters. The other body’s shutter always sticks, but this one’s suffers only at slow speeds, and only sometimes. So this is the body I’ll eventually shoot with.
I enjoyed shooting this Ansco B2 Speedex a couple years ago and intend to use it again. Too many medium-format folders from the last century use that infernal discontinued 620 film. The Speedex takes takes widely available 120 film, which is why I bought it.
I want to shoot the Agfa Clack again, too. I had such fun with it the last time I used it. It, too, takes 120 film.
My Konica C35 is a sweet little 35mm rangefinder. I’d like to shoot with it again, too.
I have so many cameras I’d like to use again that I could keep myself busy for a few years doing it. But this year, I’m committed to the F2AS. Expect to see more and more photographs from it.
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