This week's medium format experiment involves the Sabre 620, a $4 flea market find. It's a cute little box camera reminiscent of the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. It features one shutter speed and a tiny eye level viewfinder. Film advance is via the large knob on the side with a red window on the back. ThereContinue reading “52 Cameras – Week 14 – Sabre 620”
I have heard large format photographers claim that their cameras force them to slow down when shooting. I experience a version of this phenomenon when shooting a twin lens reflex. The waist level finder forces one to let the camera hang, look down, and frame carefully. The reflex mirror causes the image to be reversedContinue reading “Week 10 Results – Super Ricohflex”
My first twin lens reflex. This was actually the second one I bought but the first to arrive on my doorstep. Built in the 1950's, the Super Ricohflex TLR features a pair of 80mm lenses geared together for synchronous focusing. Top shutter speed is 1/200 and aperture ranges from f3.5 to f16. It takes 12Continue reading “Week 10 – Super Ricohflex”
This week's Porta 160 has returned from the lab. I seem to have an intermittent light leak; I may have ruined a shot or two when I had to adjust the flash contacts. Once it was working, the flash produced nice results.
The Anscoflex was an interesting experience for me. I've never worked with a bulb flash before. Initially the flash was not working. I cleaned the contacts and replaced the batteries to no avail. The next step was to disassemble the camera and clean the internal contacts. Upon reassembly I learned a valuable lesson: DON'T LEAVEContinue reading “52 Cameras – Week 4 – Preliminary Results – Anscoflex II”
I learned a long time ago that my internal balance is off slightly. Most of my images tilt a few degrees to the right and have to be corrected in post processing. The Bessa 66 taught me that I also cannot estimate distance well. The zone focus system means you either have to measure orContinue reading “52 Cameras – Week 2 Results – Voigtlander Bessa 66”
Introduced in 1938, the Bessa 66 is a nice little German folder. It takes 12 6x6cm exposures on 120 roll film. Mine is the deluxe version with an additional sport finder. A button on the bottom releases the bed, and the shutter release folds out from the side when the lens is extended. Mine featuresContinue reading “52 Cameras Week 2 – Voigtlander Bessa 66”