Week 59 – Ventura 66 Deluxe

This one had me scratching my head. I found a $6 last-minute deal for a “Venture 66” on eBay a while back. It looked neat, but a quick search turned up nothing.  I bought it anyway. When it arrived, the focus ring was seized.  I made an abortive attempt at freeing it, then the cameraContinue reading “Week 59 – Ventura 66 Deluxe”

Week 46 – Kodak Tourist

Introduced in 1951, the Tourist was the last of Kodak's folding models. It uses medium format 620 film to produce 8 big 6×9 cm exposures. Tourists were available with a number of different lens/shutter combinations; mine is a lower end model with a fixed-focus Kodet lens in a single speed shutter. Shutter modes include (I)nstant,Continue reading “Week 46 – Kodak Tourist”

Week 38 – Polaroid SX-70 Model 2

In 1972, Edwin Land and his Polaroid Corporation introduced a revolutionary camera. The SX70 was potentially the iPod of its time, a whole new way of doing things. A press of the button produced a color image with no photo lab, no timing, no cracking and peeling. The picture simply happened automatically. It wasn't cheap,Continue reading “Week 38 – Polaroid SX-70 Model 2”

Kodak Vigilant Six-20 Junior – week 31 addendum

After the original failure, I loaded a roll of FP4 and took the Vigilant to Deerfield Fair. The results were equally poor. This was the only remotely salvageable image on the roll. I don't really know what is going wrong. My best guess is that the bellows may not be light tight. The spaces betweenContinue reading “Kodak Vigilant Six-20 Junior – week 31 addendum”

Kodak Vigilant Six-20 Junior – week 31 results

The Six-20 is a relatively easy camera to shoot. The lens is fixed focus; there is only one effective shutter speed. The only variable is aperture. The tiny waist level finder is all but useless, however. The sport finder is slightly better but is still only vaguely accurate. I find folders simply fun to use.Continue reading “Kodak Vigilant Six-20 Junior – week 31 results”