Fotografia – old camera’s

 

Agfa ClackAgfa Clack – how it all began

The picture left shows the first camera in our family. My father bought it during our first holiday in Holland when I was very young. More than 50 years ago. I believe he paid about 10 Euro for it. It was a very simple basic black box. You had to make a choice whether it was a sunny day or a cloudy day. And two choices for the distance. Of course it was for roll film. When you made a photo you rally heard “clack”. In our family albums we still have old black & white pictures of these early days. It was my first experience with photography and I found it magic.

Agfa Iso-Rapid

Agfa Iso Rapid – my first camera

This was my first camera. I am not sure how old I was when I got it, but I believe I was about 10-11 years old. My first pictures were made during a school trip on a boat. It had even less options than the Agfa Clack. Is it a sunny day or a cloudy day? That was it. Life was easy that time. Recommended film was the isopan.

 

 

The old box camera’s

I asked my family, in case they wanted to throw away old camera’s, to think of me. I started to collect them. I do not buy them, because I prefer to get an old camera of an old aunt or a grandfather of a friend. Over the years I have collected quite some nice old camera’s. Not a lot of money involved, but camera’s with a story.

 

 

Mamya 645, my first medium format camera (new article)

It is almost 30 years ago, that I bought my first medium format camera. I was inspired by some of the members in my photo club at that time, who took their photos on medium format film. What a sharpness and a nice bokeh! I bought the Mamya 645 1000S. This was an affordable camera at that time. The quality is very good, in particular the quality of the lenses are first class and compared to 35mm, the DoF and sharpness is great. I bought 3 excellent lenses: the 150 mm 3.5, the 80 mm 2.8 and the 55 mm 2.8. When scanning negatives/slights of this camera you will have qualitatively good digital photos. I still have all equipment and it is all in excellent condition.

The Hasselblad experience

Just before the digital age really started I bought this Hasselblad 501 C. It was an occasion of course . But it was a dream to have one day a Hasselblad camera. I was very proud. And to develop these big medium format negatives was great. I still have the camera and now and then I buy a roll film. To make good pictures with a camera like this is something else than pressing the button on my Canon 5D camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hasselblad camera that I owned as well was the XPAN. The XPAN is a 35mm, manual focus, rangefinder camera with an aperture priority/ exposure compensation mode and all manual exposure option. It shoots a wide-format or ‘panoramic’ negative. Rather than producing the classic 24mmx36mm (2:3) frame, it shoots an almost double frame – 24mmx65mm to be precise. There are only three lenses available for the camera system: 30mm, 45mm and a 90mm. Aperture is controlled by a ring with all three lenses. I sold it two years ago for a good price, in order to buy my new Canon camera. I should not have done it. This was the camera that gave me the wow factor at that time. The panorama pictures were so amazingly beautiful. When there would be a digital XPAN I would sell all my other stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zeiss Ikon (new article)

The most left camera I got as a present my friend Walter from Belgium. He has photographed with it for many years in all parts of the world. The lenses are real glass. Heavy, but very good quality. I also got a small film camera from Walter. The camera on the right is also a Zeiss Ikon with 75 mm lens. All cameras are made in Stuttgart, Germany.

Fotografia – gear and stuff

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

We are photographing with mainly two cameras, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV ( Adriaan) and the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Yvonne). Many years back I (A) bought my first Canon 5D and the 5D is the best camera I ever had. At the end of 2016 I bought the Mark IV and it is simply a great camera. It has more features than the 5D’s I worked with earlier (Mark II and Mark III, that  were excellent camera’s as well). What ever the critiques say about this camera, I love to work with this workhorse. I am not going into the technical details of the camera, there are much better sites where you can google to.

Canon Lenses

On the 5D I (A)  have only one zoom lens, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. When we are traveling with the camper and our dogs it is convenient not to change lenses all the time. Especially one of our dogs is rather high maintenance. This zoom lens is not super according to the reviews, but for me it is a very convenient and a good quality lens to work with. A Jack of all trade. I am happy with it.

Then I recently sold the big white lenses (70-200 and 300mm). It has nothing to do with the quality of the lenses, they are very good. But I prefer low profile, less tele and less weight. Also I have a preference for prime lenses. What is in my bag now when going out for shooting are the Canon EF 35mm F2.0 iS USM, the Canon EF 50mm F/1.2 L USM and the Canon EF 135mm F2.0 L USM. It is great fun to work with these lenses. My favourite now is the 50mm, because I just bought it and it is a bokeh beast. I have also still an 85mm which is also excellent, but very heavy. I promised myself not to buy any new lenses for the next 10 years or so, since the now said lenses are just top. Good photography is not about equipment people say, but…… it is nice to have.

LaCie DJI Copilot 

I was quite happy when LaCie came with this 2TB external drive. It is a backup on set solution, SD reader, USB Hub and Power Bank . You can offload files directly without a laptop. When we travel with our camper we do not like to take with us a laptop. We have our phones and iPad and this is all you need to manage and back up your files. At the end of the day, you put in your SD cards and within minutes you have a clean back up of your files. Great stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

LEE100 Long-Exposure Kit (new)

I would like to experiment with long exposures and I bought the Long Exposure Kit of Lee and according to the manufacture it is everything you need for a perfect introduction to the addictive world of long exposure photography. It comes with a filter holder, an ND grad for the sky, and a Big and Little stopper to stretch those exposure times. It is quite expensive for a filter set, but I hope the quality is worth the price. I also bought the remote switch RS-80N3 of Canon. We have planned a trip to Norway later this year and this will be an opportunity for me to expiriment  and hopefully we come back with some great photos.

 

 

 

 

 

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

I followed a LightRoom course at Calumet in Rotterdam and the instructor showed us the Color Checker Passport of X-Rite. If you want accurate color in your photos, then you can’t rely on your camera’s settings – you need some outside assistance. That’s where the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport comes in. This relatively inexpensive device is simple to use, and just as importantly from the point of view of a Lightroom user, integrates neatly with Lightroom. Highly recommended!