December 25, 2010

Asahi Pentax 6x7

Asahi Pentax 6x7, originally uploaded by *jj*.
This comes as a great find with a sad story.

My favourite camera/film shop is winding up on Dec. 31. I found on Wednesday.

It's called Fotofun in New Westminster.

They didn't have a wide selection of film but they were knowledgeable about cameras. They kept an odd collection of used film cameras. I bought my Canon A2 EOS from them. I also bought my Nikon L35AF2 from them.

That camera sent me on a journey many excellent and interest point and shoots.

I also bought my Nikon D40 there.

They weren't the best lab in the world but when they knew the negs or prints were mine, they always took the time to make as nice as they could.

They often let me borrow a stool so I could set on the street corner for my odd street shooting project (Welcome to Royal City).

Once, while trying to buy used gear, a customer told me she had Konica gear for me.

A day later she left it at the shop for me. Unscrupulous retailers would have tried to claim a consignment fee - the guys at Fotofun were always excellent and welcoming to me and my boys.

I bought the Pentax 6x7 there this week. Broken but beautiful. The shutter works. Missing a film key for the bottom plate. Still lovely.

I wish the people at Fotofun the best of luck.

Their online web business will continue through their ebay shop, Digitial Image Center.

December 22, 2010

A few more notes on the Olympus Trip 35

Ken Rockwell has always surmised (is this the right verb) the Trip 35 has a Tessar design.
Olympus has been doing a better job of celebrating its heritage lately. The put a pair of vintage Trip 35 brochures online.

There was a little diagram on it that looks very Tessar-like.

The manual is at the brilliant Butkus site.

Cameras loaded as of today:

  • Olympus Trip 35 with 40mm f2.8 D.Zuiko with Kodak Elitechrome 100 ASA
  • Olympus Infinity Jr (AF-10 Super with flash off options) with 35mm f3.5 with Kodak Ektar 100
  • Yashica Electro 35 CC with 35mm f1.8 Color-Yashinon with Kodak BW400CN
  • Yashica 635 TLR with a 80mm f3.5 Yashikor with Fuji Reala 100 ASA

Great ideas: Olympus mounted a wallpaper site of its classic cameras and Fuji explains why they designed a fixed focal length non-collapsible camera, X-100

It's a pretty good piece of copy writing with bullets explaining the features and benefits.

And it WORKS. I want one.

But for now I'm happy with the recently acquired Olympus Trip 35 (below). I owned one in the past but then gave it away. I bought another with the thought of fixing it. Not so good, so far.

But this one came in mint. With a home-made lens cap which means the selenium light meter is working. Intriguing similarity between them.

Other news: Olympus has a great wallpaper site. Check out their two Trip images.

Olympus Trip 35

Remember, if your camera comes with selenium light meter (think Agfa Optima or Silette, certain Voigtlanders, Werras) they need to be kept in the dark or it will exhaust the cell.

December 18, 2010

Agfa Optima Ia with Agnar lens

Agfa Optima Ia with Agnar lens, originally uploaded by *jj*.

The Agnar is a triplet lens design, 45mm, f2.8. I'm not sure how it differs from the Apotar, another standard triplet for Agfa. The difference may have been the widest aperture possible with the design. Apotar designs, my guess, are able to go wider.

This camera I bought for $20. I shouldn't have. One top plate screw slotted into a broken body flange (?). There was nothing to screw into.

I had to glue a plastic piece on the body to give the screw something to catch.

Also, the plastic gasket over the light meter sensor was shot. It was a brittle plastic that snapped off. I haven't found the right replacement for it.

I post the new Trip soon.

Good things to say: lens is very clean and the meter works! Was going to shoot with it but the came across a minty Olympus Trip 35 yesterday. It may have jumped the cue.

Also still have the Yashica Electro 35 CC and the Olympus Infinity Jr. (aka AF-10 Super, because you can turn off the auto-flash) in the shooting queue.

It is very Voigtlander-esque. I've been looking for a Vito C in Color Skopar. This is an emotional place-holder.

The thing one should not is the build quality is quiet poor. I had an Agfa Super Silette and it had a strong - if crude - build. Nevertheless, it could last.

This body is plasticky. I wouldn't go for this camera if one is lusting for a true classic German viewfinder 4 element/3 group camera.

December 7, 2010


Untitled, originally uploaded by *jj*.

Singers, originally uploaded by *jj*.

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum, originally uploaded by *jj*.


Untitled, originally uploaded by *jj*.

If you've ever seen my camera collection, you would notice the odd medium format camera. Question would be, where are the pictures.

Well, I've been hoarding them. Until today. I finally did some proof prints at the shop.