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A sparkler from Christmas day 2012. Taken with a Praktica VLC, Meyer Optik Oreston 50mm f1.8 lens, Ilford FP4, Ilofosol 3 developer.
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Fantastic effort with the Praktica James! I love it.How are you enjoying the East German experience?And of course Happy New Year to you and all your family mate.Best,Brett
Brett, Thank you so much and a very Happy New Year to you too. The Praktica’s are wonderful camera’s, thanks for turning me onto them. James
Nicely captured, James! Looks great in in b&w. How do you find the Praktika?? Hope you and your family have a great New Years!
Hi Geoff, Thanks for the great comment. Brett turned me onto the Praktica’s, and about a month ago I bought a bunch of them at an estate sale, and got them all working now. Wonderful camera’s for a good price. Have a very Happy New Years too! James
James, considering some of the: How does one put it, “aristrocratic” equipment we have, it’s actually quite surprising how much fun and quality imaging can be made with such prosaic and inexpensive cameras, isn’t it?
Geoff:You need one! They’re so much fun for the money, and quite endearing, too. It may take a few years but I think that, one day, their time will come. $5 ones are not as frequent on Australian ebay as they used to be… Happy New Year to you also mate.BestBrett
Brett, Happy New Years morning from Arizona! Yes I am impressed by the lenses that came with them as well, Meyer Gorlitz’s and the Pentacon’s. On another note I came across a Topcon RE-2 (Tokyo Optical Company) body for $12 at a thrift shop, and after hitting a few antique shops found a CZ Jena Triotar 1.35cm f4 lens with Exaka mount that fit it for $60. I am running a roll through it now. A lot of history with those early Topcon’s from the 50’s and 60’s, some of the 1st TTL metering if I remember. James
great capture, dazzling
Thank you John, Happy New Year!
Great score on the Topcon. I’ve been idly looking for one for a few years now. Some of the early models, like you said, have the Exacta mount. I have a bevy of lens – Zeiss and Meyer Gorlitz, real beauties. Jaw-dropping clarity. But as far as the Exacta goes, I’ll pass. Very heavy and very over-engineered. In fact, the film pressure plate seems to easily get burrs on it, scratching the length of the film! I’ve heard good things about the Topcon. Looking forward to see how you make out with it.
Geoff, Been on business travel for a week so I will hopefully finish off the Topcon roll this weekend, we’ll see what happens.
02/01/13Happy New Year!!
Vicki, Thank you for this, great way to start off the New Year!
Geeat work James!
Thank you Nicole!
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