09 March, 2016

buying film today...part 2.

The Zeiss Ikon Days films

In the first part I showed two point&shoot cameras, which I only bought because of the films, which came with them. In the last weeks I found once more two interesting auctions with two point&shoot cameras and films.
The first one was with a cheap Revue whatever camera and three expired Agfa Vista 200 films and an expired Revue Color 200 film made by Agfa. I like a lot the old Agfa films. I bought the set for a really good price. The camera I won't use, just the films.
picture from the ebay seller

Then I found a Sealife SL-100 underwater camera with three expired Kodak Farbwelt 200 films. This camera I'll definitely use!!!
picture from the ebay seller

At Ebay I also look at auctions of film bundles for a good price. Sometimes I have luck and nobody makes a higher bit or even better, nobody makes a bit.
picture from the ebay seller
picture from the ebay seller

Lately I searched for really good films like old Agfa color films, Agfa Chrome films, the Kodak BW400CN and medium format black&white films from Agfa and Orwo. And thanks to serendipity I found a really special film called Sonnenbild, in English sun image. The drawing of the sun with the camera is really sweet! :)

At the moment I've got 88 films in my box, included are 35mm color films with 100, 200 and 400 ISO, 35mm chrome color and black&white films with 100 ISO, black&white films for 35mm and medium format with 100 and 400 ISO and a SX70 color film from the Impossible Project. I've got films from Agfa Germany, AgfaPhoto, Foma, Fuji, Kodak, Konica , Orwo and many branded films, which were made by Agfa Germany, Fuji and Kodak. Most of the films are expired, but this was the reason I bought them.

03 March, 2016

The Zeiss Ikon Days - part 5.

Now the fifth and last part of the Zeiss Ikon Days, where I also used my Zeiss Ikon pinhole camera in combination with a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod and the 496RC2 compact ball head.
The film I used was the AgfaPhoto APX 100. I used to determine the exposure time with the Ilford Pinhole Exposure Calculator. They were six minutes indoor and eight seconds outdoor.
Everything went very good until the 19th frame as the camera made problems with the transport of the film. The result was that the film ripped. At home I tried to get the film back into the cartridge, which was a delicate matter. But I managed it somehow. After this mess I was lucky that the labor developed the film. It took a little, but here are five of seven pictures which survived this little experiment...

Well, I think I still have to refine a little bit the pinhole camera for the next time.

02 March, 2016

The Zeiss Ikon Days - part 4.

From the 1890s till the 1950s, the simple box cameras were very popular as the basic camera for everybody. They were cheap and simple to handle. Only remember the slogan from Eastman Kodak: "You Press the Button, We Do the Rest". Like today people in the 1920s shot pictures of the persons they loved, which you can see at the following five vintage pictures.

I have two box cameras, a Balda Rollbox from my great-grandmother and a Brazilian KAPSA. But both cameras are still in Brazil. Fortunately my girlfriend has a wonderful camera collection specialized in German cameras of the 1950/60s. Among other medium format cameras she also has a Zeiss Ikon Box-Tengor 55/2 postwar version (1950-1952). The Tengor is an untypical box camera. Unlike normal box cameras the Tengor hasn't the typical and simple meniscus fixed focus lens, but a real doublet lens.
At the Zeiss Ikon Days I used the camera with an Ilford HP5+ film and here are some of the pictures I made:
The Tichý look