zenobia in the graveyard

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by kevin_bourque, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. The Zenobia 645 remains my second-favorite classic (first place goes to my Diacord). The Neo-Hesper lens is plenty sharp, and like all "semi" cameras it folds up small enough to be easily portable. It's not a rangefinder, so you have to practice at guessing distances, and you can chop off heads if you forget about parallax. The shutter on mine is still running strong and is accurate enough for my purposes.
    I got mine cheap some years ago but it seems like the going rate on eBay has climbed considerably in the past few years. Supposedly the Neo-Hesper is a four element lens, and the more commonly found Hesper has three elements. Both are front-cell focusing.
    The pictures were shot yesterday on Neopan 400, developed in Beutler's and scanned on an Epson 4870 with minimal tweaking. They weren't sharpened unless the scanner did it and didn't tell me.
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  2. These were done in Magnolia Cemetery, which dates back to 1850.
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  3. All the more beautiful for being untended.
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  4. Waiting.....
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  5. Very interesting stuff. Churchyards are full of interesting sights, as your examples show.
     
  6. Graveyards are always a great source of images, especially when given a vintage look as you have done here, really makes the most of those textures.
     
  7. Very nice Kevin, beautiful tones in all your exposure, even though cemeteries sadden me they make for photogenic subjects if care is applied. Have enjoyed the company of Zenobia on my last 3 yearly vacations just because the results were good and the portability of this little gem, high.
    Glad to see someone else that appreciates this folder as much as I. Have a look at my post: http://www.photo.net/classic-cameras-forum/00OTgo
     
  8. The Hesper is a four element lens. I know because I once disassembled a Hesper and recemented its rear group.
     

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