Captured: Through the viewfinder

Through the viewfinder - Polaroid SX-70

When I wrote about my Polaroid SX-70 last year, I criticized its viewfinder for the very narrow angle at which it allowed a subject to be fully viewed. But when your eye finds that angle, it is amply rewarded. The view is large and bright.

Monday’s post about the cameras from my collection that I photographed with my Nikon F2AS reminded me that I had used one of those cameras, this Agfa Clack, to illustrate the SX-70’s viewfinder. I brought my Canon PowerShot S95 up to the eyepiece and, true to form, spent several minutes getting it lined up just right so that I could capture all of the Clack.


8 responses to “Captured: Through the viewfinder”

  1. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    TOTALLY with you on the SX-70’s viewfinder. When I first got mine, I thought it was broken. Once you get your eyeball in the right place though, all is good. I call it the SX-70 dance, moving camera and your head around until all is lined up just right.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You nailed it: the SX-70 dance. Maybe it’ll catch on.

  2. Eric Avatar

    Nice Clack! I just picked one up and can’t wait to shoot with it.

      1. Eric Avatar

        Nice! Can’t wait. If you still don’t know the shutter speed, I’ll measure mine this weekend and let you know.

        I’m pretty thrilled that it suggests ISO40 as I’ve got plenty of 1990s era Ektachrome 64 lying around. Now I’m even more excited.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Awesome! Looking forward to it.

          I’m thinking about buying some Ilford Pan F 50 to use in the Clack. When I’ve shot Neopan Acros 100 in it, everything is slightly overexposed.

  3. pesoto74 Avatar

    Nice TTL image. I should try this with my Sony digital.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! I’ve done this with a few of my old cameras that have large, bright viewfinders.

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