August 26, 2010

Another Andy Warhol camera

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I love the camera promiscuity of Andy Warhol. Going through the Galella book I also came across of picture of the artist holding an Olympus AF-1 Nurepika.

He's standing next to early street-cum-gallery artist Keith Haring.

The image link above is dead but recently (August 2012) I came across another interesting image of the Olympus AF-1. Same event but with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon in the frame as well.


Keeping up with Lenskap aka Kapil Das

from lenskap's flickr photostream

One of the most intriguing people to follow on Flickr is Lenskap.

He's a surrealist. A maverick. He likes to build up series of images and he's prolific.

He mainly shoots in Northern India (my guess) and has been documenting social and economic change in the country in his own unique way.

Werra II with a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm F2.8

This camera is another one of the family heirlooms.

It belonged to my wife's father. He acquired in Germany while serving in the NATO air force.

I shot it in my early trials with film and should really take it out more.

Yesterday, I bought a smaller flash with a PC sync (my Metz potato masher is sometimes too bulky). I may pair the two up and load some Ektar. Because it's not obvious in the photograph, the smallest aperture is f16.

Find the Werra manual at the marvelous Mike Butkus site: www.butkus.org/chinon/werra_1-4/werra_1-4.htm

August 25, 2010

Olympus AFL - (my non-functioning Chinon replacement)



Olympus AFL, originally uploaded by *jj*.

Olympus AFL
Okay, this is the camera on the cover of Warhol by Galella:That's Great.


The camera was the first to use a lithium battery. Weirdly, it was not replaceable in the normal, you take it out and put one in.

The batteries were seen as semi-permanent. You have to unscrew the battery compartment and rip out the old batteries. There are no provisions for providing contact to new batteries. You have to pull out a solder.

I don't have one. But I will. And when I'm done, I'll modify it so it will far simpler to replace the batteries.

Historical note, two boxes of these cameras were found in Warhol's house immediately after he died.

They were documented in photographs taken of his dining room.




August 24, 2010




Zeno Fenkl, the very camera promiscuous blogger, is going steady. He is spending the YEAR with just ONE camera and one type of film. This is certainly a change of pace because I've come to know him as a very versatile user of many vintage cameras he finds in the flea markets of Germany, which he posts at ClassiCameras.

It will be documented at Rollei 35 and Polypan F. It is an exploration, in my mind, of what familiarity with a tool and a medium may bring to the photographic experience.

This can only happens when someone finds the right camera for them.

Then it's all about understanding the nuances of the equipment and having an intuitive feel of how to use it. Good luck, Zeno.

I look forward to the results.

August 21, 2010

Selling your camera collection

Sometimes it feels like I'm selling part of myself. This weekend I sold three cameras and two lenses in an effort to downsize my collection.

One of the things I've learned about myself is I really want the transaction to be a positive one. It's important to me the person buying the camera has received good value. I'd like to think I provide some of the value in terms of testing the camera and the discriminating taste behind choosing which cameras to keep or sell.

Most of the cameras I keep are the broken ones. My Konica TC-1 SLR has mildew in the pentaprism. My black Konica Autoreflex T-3N has a cracked mirror and, as I've disclosed in the past, I had to bend a metal plate behind the lens mount to correct a light seal problem between the mirror and the prism. The list of faults of my user cameras go on.

Another is, if I've never taken a good picture with a particular camera, I can't bring myself to sell it. The camera has to have an aura of goodness to it. It has to be capable of magic.

For example, this weekend I intended on selling the Minolta Hi-Matic AF I acquired in Sechelt. This is the great trip where I also bought a Chinon Infrafocus 35F-MA.

The Minolta should have a great lens as it is designated a Rokkor. However, while my test roll on the Minolta revealed it shot well in focus and with proper exposure, it did not create a great picture. Whereas, the Chinon had made one of my all time favourites. When the buyer came to claim the Minolta, I couldn't bring myself to let her have it because the camera had not yet served me well. Instead, I pushed the Chinon even though it was NOT for SALE.

The Chinon simply had, up to this point, better MOJO KARMA.

I did sell it for more than I paid, but it covers the cost of test roll and time and endless camera binning, plus it allows me to continue to take risks with iffy cameras. Case in point, I just bought an Olympus AFL Quick Flash. These cameras have only built-in batteries and I will be forced to rip it apart to replace the lithium's inside. I have NO idea how they charged them!

Sometimes I worry people have walked away from a sale with me feeling ripped off. I hope not. If you do, let me know. It's important for me that camera trading, buying, selling and shooting is FUN.

August 18, 2010

Olympus XA1, fixed focus, F4, selenium metering wonder - plus specifications


The wonder of a fixed focus Zuiko lens. Exactly where the lens is fixed to: total mystery.

Olympus XA1 specifications right below (click it for a larger image).

If you ever wanted the specs of an Olympus XA-1...

Click on the image for a larger view.

August 16, 2010

Minolta Hi-Matic AF



Minolta Hi-Matic AF, originally uploaded by *jj*.

One of my finds in Sechelt during my holiday.
It has a Rokkor lens tag unlike my Minolta S2. It electronic shutter doesn't stay as open as long. I would say the slowest shutter is 1 sec or a 1/2 sec.

Takes very sharp pictures.

One of the things I like best about it is the autofocus BUT manual rewind and advance which means quieter operation.

Though lately, I haven't been doing too many candids. But here's one with my boy, Jack.

Recently, I attributed a picture of Jack to the Minolta but in fact it was the Chinon that took the strange image.




It did, however, create this picture of my other boy: