Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…. the Pentax K2 DMD 35mm SLR.

 

 

A few facts about the Pentax K2 DMD, released in 1976 it is a K2 with slight improvements added for the professional market. In my opinion pointless features now a days; motor drive capabilities and a data back option. It has a high shutter speed of 1/1000 and ISO setting of 6400. I feel like that is way higher than other cameras of that era.

I love this camera. Mostly I just like looking at it. I got lucky, mine is extremely glossy and black. However, to say what I enjoy mechanically about the camera I’d have to say I liked its light meter, it has the shutter speeds listed up the right hand side of the viewfinder with a indicator needle. I find this method much easier and more informative than the light meter in the K1000. The only thing I found tricky to change was the ISO dial, but once I clued in fully on how it worked it became easy. Well it was still a little stiff compared to the ones we had up for sale in the store, but I used a pencil-eraser end to move it and it was much easier than hurting my fingers. The K2 DMD does not rely on a battery for anything but the light meter which is very handy considering the age of these cameras — the more mechanical the easier to fix them.

 


Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…the Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak 127.

 

 

A few quick facts about the Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak; a folding style 127 camera, it was made for about ten years- 1915 to the mid 20’s. They made a regular Vest Pocket then added an ‘autographic feature’ which meant it has a little door on the back that allows access to the backing paper so one could write a note. Its fastest f~stop is 8 and shutter speeds are 1/25, B and 1/50. Interestingly they came in either a plain black enamel finish OR something called a Japan Crystal finish (which is what mine is)!

So my Vest Pocket speed date was more of a camping trip. I must also admit I used an old roll of Efke 127 film — I knew nothing of its sorted past. Before loading the camera I inspected its bellows which looked alright, however I did get a strange fogging that looked like an alien laser beam???? The camera is compact, if not a tad heavy but only because its made of metal. I quite liked using it. My only gripe is I wish I could have used it new, to see if the lens is sharper without all the fogginess it has grown over the years. I feel it was quite innovative for  100 years ago.

 


Those that know Nicole and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…the Honeywell Visimatic 615.

 

A little bit about the Honeywell Visimatic 615….this rangefinder camera seems to be a copy of the Petri Computor 35. It has a CdS cell mounted on the lens and a battery operated shutter. I found it’s rangefinder fairly easy to use but not entirely sure of the sharpness of the lens after shooting one roll with this camera. The first roll had some unsharp frames, and I’m not sure exactly why. Despite it being a mostly bright day, there were some that seemed to have a bit of camera shake or motion blur. In fact I shot two rolls, but the second was completely blank, I think due to dead batteries. Unfortunately this funny little camera makes the same odd shutter-sounding noise whether the shutter is opening or not and apparently it was not! I guess I did not notice that its orange and green lights were not lighting up. It always happens on a roll you actually cared a bit about too…

Like most of the small rangefinders of this era, it has a fully automatic setting, in this case “EE” and all you have to worry about is focusing. It does have an aperture priority mode as well if you want to use it, though it is mainly for if you have a flash mounted to the camera.  The 3rd roll I shot as another test roll to see if it was in fact just a dead battery in the camera turned out just fine so I’m happy this little camera is still going strong. It was a very expired roll of film however, so the colour is pretty questionable!

Here are a few shots from the first roll…

 

 

And a couple from the 3rd “tester” roll, featuring very expired Kodak film…

 


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Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…. the Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex.

A few quick facts about Rolleiflex (s), nothing to specific though because I forgot to figure out the exact model of the camera before returning it. The first Rolleiflex was released in 1929. The second was released ten years later. It was around then that all the variants cropping up.

Most of the time I remain loyal to my darling Rolleicord Va, however the opportunity to try the higher end Rollei TLR came up so I took it. I am usually put off the Rolleiflexes because typically Rolleiflexes are larger than Rolleicords and have an coupled shutter / advance lever instead of a dial and separate shutter cock pin which is more tucked into the camera. However if I already didn’t love my Rolleicord so much, I’d have to say using the Rolleiflex was quite lovely. Which is probably why it was one of the most prolific TLR’s ever made, so much so that there were many other brands that modeled their TLRs after the Rolleiflex. It had clear sharp focus and felt sturdy and well made in my hands.

Here are a couple of photos I took and one from when Meghan tried it out.

 


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Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…. the Pentax Espio Mini 35mm.

A few quick facts about the Pentax Espio Mini…it uses 35mm film and has a 35mm fixed lens. For a point and shoot it has a big iso range 25 t0 3200 which its DX-code reader automatically sets.

I borrowed this particular camera — the last thing I need is another point & shoot. The Pentax Espio Mini was lighter or more plasticy than I was expecting for a ‘top of the line’ point and shoot, however while using it I still felt that it was well made and ultimately its light weight frame was appreciated as I trucked it around the city with me.  I like how it had a quick response time — I pushed the shutter and it was quick to focus and get the shot. If I didn’t already own so many point & shoot cameras I would definitely want to add this to my collection.




 


Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of many quick dates with…. the Horizon Perfekt 35mm camera.

 

A few quick facts on the Horizon Perfekt… it is a Lomography camera – probably their most well made! It has a focus of about 6 feet, which is good to keep in mind if your shooting party photos. It has an aperture range of 16 down to 4 and high shutter speeds of 60, 125, 250 and 500 and then slow shutter speeds of 2, 4, 8. There is a lever that you toggle to go between fast and slow shutter speed settings.

This camera is one of my own. I had always wanted a panorama camera and purchasing a Hasselblad X-Pan, Widelux or Noblex was and is totally unrealistic for me. The Horizon offered a light weight affordable alternative. I’ve owned it for quite a few years now and the whole time I toyed with the idea of getting rid of it, mostly because of how much of a hassle it is to load – which put me off using it. I even thought of trading my newer style Horizon for an original late 60’s Russian Horizont, so at least it would be a unique historical piece for my collection.. however I have two customers who are experts on Horizon cameras and they stopped me. One of them told me I was lucky to have the model I had because of its slow shutter speed capability (in other words do not trade it in for an older model, no matter how cool it looks) and the other showed me the trick to loading it easy peasy. So this summer I decided to take the Horizon out more often, no excuses, and I must say we had a wonderful time! I absolutely loved street shooting with it and will continue to take it out for casual walks. That being said anything to do with hanging out with friends like a party in a park, art gallery open and for a ride on a sailboat, I was less than impressed with the photos….it still could have been user error though, who knows. I must also add it has a rather satisfying Kerchunking sound as the lens pans across the scene your photographing!



We’ve just received a couple of Profoto’s hottest new lights. The Profoto B10 is here for you touch, hold, and try out in our store. Come and see the biggest thing in small, fully controllable TTL and battery operated off Camera flashes.


Please come visit the NUDAS Art Show and Sale at the pop-up gallery at 1560 West 6th and support 3 of Vancouver’s Fine Art Photographers.

September 28th: 5:00PM-11:00PM

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