Posts Tagged "nature"

Santa Monica Pier Cinemagraph

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, Projects

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Fall in Love with Film Again – Voigtländer Bessamatic SLR Test

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 in Blog, Projects

Fall in Love with Film Again – Voigtländer Bessamatic SLR Test

For my etsy store, Cool Vintage Cameras, testing is one of the most important part of making sure the camera is fully operational. I recently came across a Voigtländer Bessamatic 35mm SLR Camera that is in near mint condition.  For this test, I used the in-camera light meter for accuracy & the results were quite impressive. Here is some background info about the Bessamatic before the gallery.

The Bessamatic was launched by Voigtländer in 1959, a few years after the 1953 Contaflex and the 1957 Retina Reflex, all from Germany. This is by far the biggest and heaviest of these three leaf-shuttered SLR cameras, at more than 2 lbs. or 0.935kg. The late arrival on the market had helped Voigtländer improve the ergonomic design taking advantage of previous designs. Nevertheless, it has all the shortcomings found on these cameras, the finder blackout after exposure and the limited range of interchangeable lenses.

The Bessamatic is easy to handle and the controls are sound and reliable. The shutter is the behind the lens SLR Synchro-Compur, as found on its fellow competitors, with the EV cross-coupled shutter speed and aperture rings. The viewfinder is bright and the focusing screen has a split image rangefinder, probably the same as found in contemporary Contaflex cameras. The focusing ring is at the front of the lens. The selenium meter cell window is above the lens, in front of the finder prism where it out of the way for light-obstructing fingers. The light meter needle is visible to the right in the viewfinder, as is a follower pointer with a small circle at the tip. They are easily brought to coincide using the large aperture-control knob under the smaller rewind knob.

The camera has a sturdy wind-on lever at the right-hand side with a flimsy film reminder in the hub. Next to it is the shutter release and the rewind release lever. At the left-hand side is the rewind knob at top of the large aperture knob. A small lever on the left-hand side of the shutter housing have settings for M and X flash synchronisation, as well as V for self-timer, shifted when a small button is depressed on the opposite side of the shutter housing.

The camera back is opened by pushing two small latch buttons against each other using two fingers. The rewind knob is fully extended to load the film cassette. The only quite unusually odd thing about this camera is the frame counter, not the readout itself situated quite conveniently at the back, – below the wind-on lever, but the way in which it is reset. To set it, the film advance sprocket drum, next to the take-up spool, must be turned, using the thumb at the ridged middle part until reaching the desired number. It is difficult, time consuming and not very practical. Otherwise, the interior is beautifully finished and the film easily loaded.

The lenses available for the Bessamatic are quite comprehensive, ranging from 35mm to 350mm and are considered as being of superior quality, but rather expensive second hand, since not easily found. The Bessamatic is often associated with the first 35mm zoom lens, the 36 to 82mm f/2.8 Zoomar made by the Zoomar Corporation of USA.

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We Roam the Night – Cinemagraphs

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in Blog, Case Studies, Inspiration

The Avenue of the Giant Redwoods During the Night Cinemagraph.  These images were taken in Humboldt Country in the Avenue of the Giants Redwood Forest in Northern California.  These results are achived bu using a tripod and handheld flash.  I walked around the trees and poped the flashed numerous times from various locations during a 30 second exposure.  The images are processed in photoshop individually then patched together in a .gif for these results. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Watching the Waves Crash

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 in Blog, Projects

I was staying at a friends house in Santa Barbara. Everyone went to work; was just crashing on the couch so thought I would do something useful with myself. Took to the Bus from SB to Summerland, CA (only 20 mins) to the Tar Pits. The tar pits bored me; fuck, they sucked. But These waves were crashing in with such might. I ran as fast as I could to a 20 foot rock and climbed it. There I sat for an hour or so…just watching the waves.

 

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Polaroids from California

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog, Projects

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