Monthly Archives: June 2015

Superb.

I remember it like yesterday all those years ago when we spied each other across a crowded, brightly lit smoke free room..  It had a peculiar but elegant design.  A name that dared to be tested. “Are you good enough?”..Intrigued I drew closer to hear more it had to say, but it was silent.  “Yes. No..I don’t know, maybe,” I muttered to myself, retreating a few steps away to mindlessly pick through a basket of picked through filters. Although I didn’t buy it, it was too late already. It was only a matter of time. Well, far too much time really- never a very populous camera even in 1935, they don’t turn up very often!

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Here are some interesting features about this camera that I noticed:

  1. It purportedly has parallax compensation (I don’t know how this works yet)
  2. The film travels horizontally (image isn’t upside down in your viewfinder)
  3. There is a level in one corner on the ground glass
  4. The film winder is a lever rather than a knob
  5. There is a mirror to read the shutter speeds from above (the speeds are written backwards on the dial)
  6. The film back has two doors (only one requires opening to take out the film)

Kids wanted to collect some tadpoles so we went out to the rice fields and I grabbed a couple rolls (Acros and Foma).  The camera was nice to use and I didn’t have any issues except accidentally keeping my finger on the shutter charge lever when pressing the shutter lever a few times (causing the shutter to stay open too long and blurring the photos).  I like the results.  Not just for an 80 year old camera- for any camera.  Now just to find some filters and a lens hood for it.  Let’s see, when’s the next camera swap meet in Ginza??

Izu Road Trip- or now better known as, the “How much longer?”, and “Not yet??” Trip

We recently took a road trip down to the Izu Peninsula, which is a beautiful place about 180km from Yokohama in Shizuoka Prefecture.  It took about 4 hours by car but for the kids it must have felt like 4 days I imagine since all I heard from them was “when are we gonna get there?”, and “how much longer?”…”Not yet??”. It reminded me of that scene in that Shrek movie with Donkey, Shrek and the Princess on the journey to Never Never Land.  No Donkey!  NO!!  Well, it didn’t help I suppose that I stopped a couple times to take photos along the way.  Ok, it was a couple dozen times.. Izu has a lot of old wood houses and shrines, and I can’t seem to go past them without taking a picture.

Japan has some fantastically beautiful places, sometimes right in the ordinary.

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Shrine near Shimoda. Nikko 24mm / HP5+

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Old farmstead, Izu.  Olympus 35sp / Acros

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The beach, finally! Macro Nikkor 55mm / HP5+

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Farm Implement, Shimoda. Macro Nikkor 55mm / HP5+

How do you like dem unyuns?!

How do you like dem onions? Pool table at Ernest House, inn near Shimoda. 35SP / Superia converted to BW.

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Photographer trap, Izu. Rolleicord V / Fomapan 100

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Bus Stop, Izu. Rolleicord V / Fomapan 100