Classic cameras on vacation.....

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by benjamin_cochrane, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. I found this forum a few months back, and it has quickly become my favorite. Thought I'd contribute some photos from a couple of my classics I took on a recent vacation. The lighthouse image was taken with an early Contarex Bullseye and 50/2. The trees, at early evening, was taken with a Retina IIIS and Curtagon 28/4. The hard part about going on vacation, is figuring out which camera to bring ; 00B6qm-21821384.jpg
  2. And Trees...
  3. I like the trees image. Great lighting.

    Ligthhouse looks good too.

    (You can tell the difference between the two lenses though.)
  4. Nice pictures.

    I took my Nikon F and Leica with me on holiday last summer which was fun. At least no-one thinks you're a 'real' photographer because, as we all know, 'real' photographers have big black cameras with huge lenses, not funny silver things.

    I'm not sure what reaction you get to a Rolleiflex or a Hasselblad though.....

  5. Taken a couple of years ago ... Retinette 012 with Ennatar f/3.5, handheld more or less wide open at 1/15, just about sunset on SFX with an 89B filter.
  6. What's a "vacation"?

    The last time I managed to get away for a few days, the only pictures I took were with my then-new Webcam Go -- definitely not a classic. On the other hand, every film camera I own is a classic, with the exception of a few cheap 35 mm P&S types, so my next vacation will be photographed with a Spotmatic or Reflex II or possibly even an Ideal 9x12 plate camera...

    Whatever year that might be...
  7. Regular use keeps lenses sharp, haven't you heard....?
  8. Great shots Benjamin!!!! Keep up the good work and keep posting to this forum.
  9. Beautiful stuff. I can't afford a vacation. I spend too much on cameras and college.
  10. Great post Benjamin. I envy you for the IIIS, how do you like using it? It is a highly praised Kodak indeed. What other lenses do you have for it besides the Schneider-Curtagon 28/4 and I assume either the Rodenstock or Schneider 50mm? For those who aren't familiar with this camera CameraQuest has a great writeup on it, as usual.
  11. Graham Serretta , feb 11, 2005; 08:35 a.m.
    Regular use keeps lenses sharp, haven't you heard....?

    I heard that regular use keeps the photographer sharp.
  12. Hi all, thanks for the comments.

    Harvey, I usually get the "puzzled" look when I pull out the oldies. The Rex's and the MF folders tend to be the most popular. I brought my DSLR kit on this trip too, but hardly used it. The old stuff causes me to be more deliberate and is just plain fun.

    Chris, that image has the same "look" that I get from my Novar on my 35 Ikonta.

    TW, I only had the IIIS for a short time. It was part of a large collection of Retinas I aquired (at a very reasonable price) and later sold/traded. Their great shooters, and the example I used had a very accurate meter. It came with all the lenses (Schneider) any of which could produce great images.

    My favorites were the 28/4 and 85/4. The only drawback, like my Prominent, is the lack of a fast portrait lens. I did keep a neat Ia and IIIc though, my weakness for folders.
  13. Can't say I've ever seen someone using a Contarex Bullseye in the field. That 50/2 Planar renders a "wowsa" sharp image with a unique signature. Too bad about the bland sky on the lighthouse but its tough to be picky on vacation with limited time and impatient wife and kids.

    I carry a Nikon F3 for most of this kind of stuff (ya "modern" I know....) but a Contarex is a HUGE, MASSIVE camera. Is it Mike Elek that posted a photo of a Nikon F2 and a CR Bullsye side by side? For anyone visiting Vancouver BC, be sure to check out the owner's personal collection at Leo's on Granville St.
  14. It used to be when I was travelling and shooting with a Leica or a Rollei, young people would come up and say (in whatever language) "wow, cool old camera, what kind is it?" and old folks would tell me how they had one like it when they were young. All of a sudden in the last couple of years, young ask "is that a digital?" and lose interest after they're told it isn't. The older people hold up their little digicam p&s and ask me why I'm still using "that old thing".

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