Kodak Chevron

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by jason_withers, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Taking just one shot when using an autowinder is like eating "only one" Lays Potato Chip after the ad says "bet you can't eat just one."
  2. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    I have motor drives on half of my F3HPs. I NEVER shoot in "continuous" mode, just "single" mode. The motor drives advance the film instantly and I don't have to jiggle the camera by manually advancing the film for the next shot. I do a lot of architectural photography in New Orleans' French Quarter but without a tripod, so the less camera movement between shots of the same object is important to me.
  3. Especially with classic cameras that probably are not capable of auto-bracketing of any kind. Which leaves sports and fast-moving critters or cars as about the only reasons to use a power winder, and I don't do that kind of photography.

    And, at roughly $20 per roll, with developing (but no prints), it can get expensive quick!
  4. Well, I guess that's also a reason, though I don't really understand it. If you're going to take more than one photo, and you don't want to change anything, why NOT use continuous?
  5. I use motor drive on many of my cameras, for two reasons; I much prefer a heavy camera with good grip, and when shooting I almost invariably take at least two frames of the subject, with slight variation of angle or composition, and I find it's easier to achieve this without the distraction of having to manually wind film. I can't recall every having used a MD in continuous mode, though, but I can recall numerous instances when I've lined up the perfect shot, only to find that I've forgotten to wind on...
  6. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    If you use continuous, heaven knows how many shots you'll actually wind up taking before you remove your finger from the shutter button. Besides, I usually only want 2 shots of the same subject, changing only the aperture to vary the exposure. It's very easy for me to change the lens aperture without moving the camera like manually advancing the film would.
  7. I’ve learned to advance the lever with my eyebrow.

    Takes a little practice though.....
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  8. Yes, I always try not to waste film, and haven't been especially interested in a power winder.

    Though I do remember when I was young, my dad borrowed a Nikon F with a power winder.
    It wasn't for the speed, but it was used for taking pictures in a place where hands couldn't
    reach. It also had the waist level finder, as the eye wouldn't reach the other finder.

    Even with digital, with no film cost, I try not to waste shots. Partly remembering from
    film days, but also each shot, hopefully, I look through some day.
  9. I guess the thing I hate most about digital, because I do not make a living at photography, is the tendency toward rapid fire accumulation followed by tedious deletion.
  10. Manual cocking allows intentional double exposure, and unintentional also.
  11. “Manual cocking allows intentional double exposure, and unintentional also.“

    I’m not touching that one.......
  12. Eh. You just need to stick to one camera, then it becomes automatic. It probably still is marginally easier to let a motor do it, but not much. Shooting different cameras every day, some of which should be advanced before each shot, some which should be advanced after each shot, all of which are different in size, shape, weight, and configuration, prevents it from becoming a reflex. But, it is fun.
    Just takes practice. When I was using my 7000i with a bracketing card activated, I could consistently rip off exactly three shots every time, after a bit of practice. You do have to keep your mind on what you're doing, though.

    Most motor drives for classic cameras are around 5 fps, at best. 1/5th of a second doesn't sound like much, but it's a big chunk of "muscle twitch" time. It's also enough time to type 5 letters at a moderate typing speed. Should be plenty of time in which to relax a finger.
    Yeah, I don't want to be banned, either, but it sure is a shame to waste such a great straight line.
  13. So I finally had time to scan some negatives from some recent pictures I took with the Chevron. I picked up an Epson V550 scanner on sale last week and wanted to post the results. I've never used a flat bed scanner before and have a lot to learn about the various settings. I scanned the negatives at 600dpi.

    Hope you enjoy. I think the Ektar lens gives the photos an interesting look!

    No. 1 - These were taken with Illford Pan F Plus

    No. 2

    No. 3

    No. 4

    No. 5

    No. 6
  14. A great start, Vincent! The Ektar lens, despite having not quite the high reputation of the one fitted to the Medalist, looks excellent, to me. A great choice of subject matter and I reckon your scans are just fine; you've captured a great tonal range and you could take them in any direction you might want with a little PP. Many thanks for the post, and I look forward to seeing more from the Chevron. Hmmm...Must go and have a look at the Great Auction Site...
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  15. Rick Drawbridge said:
    Where on earth did "Vincent" come from! Sorry, Jason, it must be too many coffees catching up with me...
  16. Haha. No worries :)

    I very much like the Ektar lens on the camera. But you are right; I don’t think it ever had the same kind of reputation as the ones on the Medalists. Though I’m not sure how the two compare side by side. They both seem very capable of nice images.
  17. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

    Just a bit of TV trivia to add. I was watching an old episode of M*A*S*H the other evening, and noticed Alan Alda using an interesting-looking rangefinder camera, which looks like a Kodak Chevron. I think the same camera makes several other appearances during the series as well.

    MASH Camera.jpg
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  18. Well spotted, Dave, sure looks like a Chevron to me!
  19. A resurrection of a 2018 post, BTW

    But one well worth re-animation, not least for the MASH connection!

    Here's an ad for the camera itself
    a "Man's Camera"
    back page of Popular Photography 1954-09
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  20. I spotted the Chevron on M*A*S*H a few times as well. Good prop although in one episode Frank Burns was taking available light photos which wouldn't required a very slow shutter speed given the f 3.6 lens and ISO 100 Super XX film being the speed champ of the day. But I was still impressed that the series used the camera as a prop.
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