For the Aviation Fans

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by rick_drawbridge, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. I took along a film camera to the preliminary day of our local air show, knowing that I'd be busy with digital cameras when the show really got under way. I captured a few worthwhile images, and thought I'd share a few with the forum. I chose to take a Yashica TL Electro, a 50mm Auto-Yashinon DX F/1.4, and a Tamron 28mm f/2.5.
  2. The TL Electro is a good, solid camera and one I enjoy using, though I prefer the "Centre the Pointer" metering of the earlier TL's to the illuminated "arrow up/ arrow down" display of the Electro. I hadn't used this particular example before, and it performed without a hitch. The Yashinon DX lenses have been much discussed on this forum, and the 50mm f/1.4 remains one of my perennial favourites, with superb build quality and performance. The little 28mm Tamron Adaptall II f/2.5, while being an odd-looking lens, is no slug and I use it frequently. Here are some samples for the aviation fans; film was Fuji Superia 200, scans from the Fuji Frontier.
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  4. Always nice to find somebody else interested in classic aircraft as well as classic cameras! Very good work with your old Yashie, Rick. (Pete In Perth)
  5. Some fine old planes there and nice pics too. I particularly appreciate the DH Dragon Rapide and all its variants (eg the Dominie)
  6. Great series, Rick. I'm a big fan of air shows. While all shots are great, I like what you did the Mustang and the One Day.. shots. Thanks for posting. A 50 and a 28 make a good combo for covering an air show.
  7. I'm a plane nut too and let's face it, you can't go wrong with anything named Mustang. Nice work and thanks for posting it.

    Rick H.
  8. Hi.
    Great photos,beautifull ford mustang.
    I still keep my yashica TL electro X-its with yashinon 28 dx 2.8 and a zoom 45-135 f3.5 and one yashinon dx 21mm f3.3 retrofocus.
  9. A Moth was the first airplane model I ever built. Years later I saw one flying at the Duxford air museum in
    the UK. Thanks.
  10. Wow.
    These are not the warbirds we see here in the USA, except of course, for the P-51. At a local airshow, a short flight in the Commemorative Air Force P-51 was something like US$2000. I was glad it wasn't on my bucket list.
    I did have a 1966 Mustang, back in another life. Nowadays I just like any old machinery, cars, planes, tanks, cameras (not necessarily exclusive).
  11. My dream camera when i was a teenager before I discovered Nikon was the TL Electro X. Never got one, but years later but a TL Electro for my girlfriend when she wanted to join my photography obsession. Great picture taker.

    When I was in high school, a group of pilots from the Washington-Baltimore area used to hold an antique aircraft festival every spring at an old du Pont family estate in Maryland that had a restored grass strip from the 1930s and hangar that made a perfect setting. One of my teachers got some kids to help out and I spend many seasons there flying in every open cockpit plane you could think of. Got to photograph them on the ground, ground-to-air in fllight and even air-to-air. Never got my license but I've had a number of pilot friends over the years and love small aircraft.
  12. Here ya go, JDM, from the military section of the display...
  13. Well, the title had me hooked! Something about EnZed and classic aircraft, you really do it well...must get over some time. Your Yashica has really done the job, and like you I'm quite taken by the TL...and why wouldn't carries my initials:)
    Like me they are basic and simple, but everything is present to do the job. Funnily enough I was just cleaning up my TL and TL Electro-X, but unfortunately the later is not well. When you cock the shutter it fires all by itself...strange.
    If you have more pics, by all means post them...we all love our classic planes as well. I particularly like the DH Drangonfly, or one that looks like it in your post, a really classy looking aircraft.
  14. Classic cameras and aircraft, all you need are some trains and you would have th trifecta!
    Thanks for posting the photos, they are great!
  15. Rick:
    Tanks a lot! :)
  16. Hallo Rick,
    thanks for the beautiful photographs. Photo number 8, the quadruple Browning .50 machine gun, brought about something of a nostalgic feeling. When I was in the army here in Holland (1976) we used these things, although back then they were already approximately 40 years old and something of an antique rather than a modern weapon...
  17. Are you quite sure, Rick, that what photo #8 is showing is something for the aviation fans?<br>And though it appears to try very hard (it even disguised itself as a chicken), i'm not sure that tank will be able to fly.
  18. Thanks for the comments! Specifically: They don't offer rides on the days of the show, Les, but many of the planes are available on other weekends for a joyride. I took a turn in a Harvard a while ago, and really enjoyed myself. Also, the camera in the video you've posted sound pretty much like mine, though the film wind has a ratchety sort of sound that's not so apparent in my copies but it could just be in the recording. Tony, that's pretty much all that was worth posting from the one film before things became a little repetitious. I'll never use a TL again without being reminded of you...
    You're quite right, Q.G., #8 is more for the anti-aviation fans. As for the tank, it seems that aviation buffs are usually interested in military matters, and who can resist a hint from JDM, knowing his ongoing interest in tanks of various kinds? Incidentally, did you know that the military tank got it's name after the first examples were shipped from England to the battlefields of Europe, disguised in large wooden containers boldly marked "Tanks"? After all, they were a secret weapon... And thank you Allard, Pete, Mike, Rick, Paulo, Colin, Charles, Ed and Craig for your contributions.
  19. Pleasantly captured warbirds and militaria.

    The M45 Maxson quad .50 anti-aircraft gun, complete with tombstones is one vicious piece of work. They don't call it the "Meat chopper" and "Kraut Mower" for nothing.

    AA-Elements of the 2nd US Armored Division used these as close-in defense during 'Death Night' on the 29th/30th of July 1944 near St.Denis-le-Gast in France, desperatly fighting off an assault by determined German paratroopers.
  20. Not a military buff myself, i didn't know about the name, no. Thanks Rick. For a moment i thought you were going to explain they were all called "spring chicken" and why. ;-)<br><br>Les, protecting airplanes by spraying a high speed shower of metal bits at other airplanes will still harm airplanes, right?<br><br>This thread is taking a scary turn, from a nice Yashica and beautiful Anson to vicious weaponry mowing down creatures of flesh (nah... let's call it 'meat') and blood. What cameras would those people have used, Rick (van Nooij)?
  21. According to Jorge Lewinsky, towards May 1945 roughly every one in two GI's ended up with a camera; bought, stolen or traded. So I think pretty much any contemporary camera was used.
  22. Would be interesting to see how setting foot on continental European soil changed the allied forces' 'camera pool'. But with most liberated cameras going to 'private' hands, probably not something that can be discovered.<br>Where did they get film? Was there a regular supply from the homecountries?<br><br>Anyway, that's also not something for aviation fans. Sorry!
  23. Rick, a wonderful post. I have the same camera and it too is a good performer. The only drawback is that the exposure lever takes a lot of force to get a reading.
  24. Good work with a nice camera, Rick, and quite interesting. I've never seen AA at an airshow before. One could settle the above dispute about it by noting that if these are mostly Allied planes, and it's an American AA gun, then "it's on our side," so indeed something for fans of the aviation in question. :)
    Rick, have you got some kind of drought going on down there, or is the field always so dry? That might make things easier for the airplanes, but not for life in general...
  25. Interesting debate; thanks for the information regarding the Maxson, Rick; you would have enjoyed the military display, with what was apparently a world record number of about 30 Bren Gun carriers assembled on one spot. An investigation into the cameras used by the soldiers of WWII and their film could make a fascinating post... Thanks, Dave, it's not quite a drought, but close to it. Typically, the countryside looks like this at this time of the year, an overall golden brown in the summer heat, and farming life is geared to cope with the dry summer conditions. You're right Randy, those stop-down levers can be sticky, on many models and brands of cameras, and I suspect they don't improve with age. The Prakticas have some of the best, a good springy lever operated with the tip of the right index finger, adjacent to the shutter release.
  26. Last year I managed to get a flight on a 1936 Ju 52 aircraft from Stuttgart am Main to Muenster in Germany. I took my 1928 Leica and we flew over the Leitz factory at Wetzlar so my camera returned home. Here is one of the shots I took. It could almost be the 1930s.
    In the UK the Spitfire is regarded as the aircraft to see, and the Mustang uses the Packard version of the Merlin that powered the Spitfire.
    Airshows are perfect for photography
  27. Pic which should have gone with message.
  28. I have a repair manual for the TL Electro X Tony. Sing out if you want a copy of it. NZ really punches above its weight when it comes to classic aeroplanes Rick. Your excellent images leave me in no doubt of that.
  29. Wow.. what a great assebly of flying machines.. your images are great! The TL does well .. I have wanted
    one of those Tamioka 1.4s for some time now!

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