Category Archives: Analog machine

Yesterday on the way home…

There was almost no time for photography yesterday. On the way home, I photographed at least one roll film

Full analog process, Pentacon Six TL, Sonnar 180mm, Kodak TMax 400, Kodak professional

the rangefinder

Yesterday I spent a day trying to set up a rangefinder on one of the old Zorki cameras. I noticed that when shooting at a fully open aperture at a distance of 1 m, that everything is completely wrong. The picture shows that it focuses about half a meter closer. Which is a big problem when shooting with a shallow depth of field 🤔

For the correct setting, it would be sufficient if the 1m mark on the lens focused on subjects at a distance of 1m. Unfortunately, it does not focusing. So all that was left was to disassembly the camera. With the right routine, you get time during disassembly and assembly that even F1 mechanics would not be ashamed of when changing tires. It was therefore necessary to precisely position the photographed object within a distance of 1 m and to try to focus on the focus screen made of a piece of old film.

Thanks to the fact that I buy film in reels of thirty meters, I was able to make several cassettes with film for 2-3 shots. I then always developed them up and looked at the results of my experiments. So I ended up with a better result yesterday than when I started. Even if the result is better, it’s still bad. Today I will continue if time allows.

With f11 (large depth of field) everything is still OK

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EKTAR color

After a long time, I put a color film in the medium format. Instead of the popular Fujicolor XTRA Superia, I used the Kodak Ektar 100 film. I was surprised how it significantly changed the tonality when changing the angle of the incident sunbeams.

Full analog process, Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss 80mm, Ektar 100, process C 41 Kodak Professional

1+4K+6 = 167

If I add up the age of these three cameras, they will celebrate 167 years this year. However, they take pictures as well as if they were made yesterday. Yesterday I did mainintenance one of them(4K) and for the first time in my life I was disassembly a rangefinder camera. I was expecting some super-complex mechanical apparatus. No way. The laws of physics, mechanics and optics allow a completely simple construction and a virtually unbreakable camera. If you don’t want to let him cross the tank … At the same time, these Russian Zorkij devices are not expensive at the bazaars. If you are not an avid collector of old Leica instruments, these Russian copies will do a great job with an undamaged lens. I always feel sorry for the old devices that lie unnecessarily on the shelves. They take photos really well.

few vertical shots…

also taken yesterday on all three cameras. While with the 35mm cameras you just turn the device on its side and take photos, with the medium-format Pentacon everything is more complicated. On the focusing screen, you see everything upside down and for a long time you try to get the photographed object to some plane. When using medium-format film 135, when shooting with perforations, you also get rid of the possibility to rotate the image to the plane when developing photos. It’s probably the same when you tell a right-hander to write something with his left hand …

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scroll No. 35/2022

a few pictures from yesterday’s photo shoot in our small park on the hill. Yesterday, outside of Zorkij camera testing, I also took photos by Leica for subsequent evaluation and compare results. The same places, the same material …

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6 x 6 x 135 =

The another compositional experiment with cine-film 135 in a medium format camera 6×6. Yesterday I took with three cameras (Leica, Zorkij, Pentacon) so the photos published yesterday will be similar to today’s..

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Today’s …

testing of the Zorkij 1(export version) camera turned out great. The sky was festively blue and the sun was shining and warming. I tested the camera by shooting in the shade, shooting in backlight with an aperture of f5.6 -16 and a shutter speed of 1/100 – 1/500. Fomapan 400Action cine-film was loaded into the Zorkij. Judge for yourself. The camera Zorkij 1(Soviet copy of Leica II) made in 1950 is a great machine.

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be the copies from the Soviet Union…

from time to time I manage to monetize a photo. They will then use the earnings again for the photo shoot. I managed to make money on one old camera for two photos. In the 1950s, the Soviet Union began making a copy of the German Leica II from the 1930s. The device was named Zorkij 1. Both the Leica and the Soviet Zorki are fully mechanical machines and are essentially indestructible. The photos from the Leica instruments are unique … so I’ll try the Soviet Zorki and the Industar lens (Industar is a copy of the Carl Zeiss Tessar lens). Yesterday I cleaned and lubricated the Zorkij device and everything seems to be working. The film is already inside and waiting ….

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