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Statistics: Posted by PFMcFarland — Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:17 pm
Statistics: Posted by LarryD — Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:11 pm
Two issues, framing and focus point.
I think I put upside-down the viewfinder glass, I hope this is the problem, other would be about lens/shutter inclination etc... Results are too much ground on the photo and it happened in all the photos.
Focus point I think is before the distance marks, about 50cm-1m my guess.
Me and the last shot.
Lens is great as I expected, camera is easy to handle and the shutter release is very smooth. Negatives are bigger than any 6x6 I saw so far, about 57x58mm, my homemade holder was not enough for all the image.
When the mirrors for the rangefinder arrive I will address above issues, now it's time to test another camera...
Thank you for watching,
Statistics: Posted by alexvaras — Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:40 pm
Statistics: Posted by Brazile — Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:15 am
Some gas stations that converted to doing only vehicle repairs did so because they didn't want to pay for the new required underground tanks that the government was mandating to combat gasoline and diesel leaking into the ground water.
Businesses come and go all the time, and there were probably too many gasoline stations in lots of places. I've seen small operators that last for over fifty years because they have great customer service, and new places that last only a couple of years because the corporation can't squeeze another nickle of profit out of the place to satisfy the hedge fund stockholders. But it's the small town, and country crossroad that suffered the most in any economic downturn, and you can only go through so many cycles of that before giving up. It's just the way it goes.
Statistics: Posted by PFMcFarland — Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:09 pm
I re-read recently an old favorite, "Little Golden America", a book written in 1935 by two Russian writers, Ilf and Petrov. They crossed the U.S. in a Ford, from New York to California and back, and the book records their impressions. They also took pictures (with a Leica). They were most impressed by gas stations, which they considered the symbol of America. Wonder what they would write if they did the same exercise today.
Statistics: Posted by Julio1fer — Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:32 pm
I just shot a test roll using an external rangefinder, tomorrow I will scan if they are any good and went well.
Statistics: Posted by alexvaras — Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:30 pm
Thank you, Phil, for sharing these photos and places.
Statistics: Posted by alexvaras — Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:39 pm
Statistics: Posted by Santiago Montenegro — Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:09 pm
Zorki-6, Jupiter-12, Kodak Tri-X 400
Small Town Glass Shop by P F McFarland, on Flickr
404 Main Street by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Small Town Glass by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Former Country Store and Gas 1 by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Former Country Store and Gas 2 by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Former Country Store and Gas 3 by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Harold's by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Statistics: Posted by PFMcFarland — Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:36 am
Sad to see the 442 in the junkyard line.
Statistics: Posted by Julio1fer — Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:34 pm
Statistics: Posted by Julio1fer — Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:30 pm
As for development: your Tri-X 320 expired 1984 is 35 years old. Film fogs with age because of background radiation. If it was kept in the cold, the most important defect would be fog. Higher ISO film fogs faster. In my experience the limit for good images with ISO 400 film is about 10-15 years expired. After that age, quality goes down quickly.
From your images it seems that the negatives are pretty dense, probably too much even for a good scanner. 50 ISO seems too low from my limited experience with similar film (mostly old HP5). I'd suggest trying ISO 200 or even box speed.
If you shoot at 50 ISO, which could be good to defeat fog, you should use a very short development time, best found by trial and error. For 50, I'd start at half the recommended development time for ISO 320.
HC-110 as concentrated as you can should be a good recipe to minimize fog, but fog it will have, a lot of it if you compare to fresh film.
Statistics: Posted by Julio1fer — Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:28 pm
Statistics: Posted by PFMcFarland — Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:55 pm
I got inside the rangefinder of this camera, mirrors are not good, I already asked replacement to Martin Seelig, in about 3 weeks I will get them hopefully.
Some photos explaining how to get inside the rangefinder how it works.
This rangefinder works only with 2 mirrors, one is higher (left) and the other is shorter so when looking through the rangefinder the image is split in two halves, upper is the real image, lower is the images coming from the mirrors, matching both images and the focusing is done.
About how it works, the blue line is connected to the helicoid where you focus, the right mirror moves according to this as well.
For adjusting the rangefinder... still learning from it but I think the yellow arrow does vertical alignment and the red horizontal alignment, I can be wrong coz barely I can see anything with such mirrors, when the replacements come I will go further.
Thank you for watching,
Statistics: Posted by alexvaras — Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:46 pm
Argust Day is that time when the day date in August matches the year date, such as last year it was August 18, 2018. The numbering convention works until after 2031, then who knows what the Yahoo Argus Group will come up with, if any of them are still around. Heck, maybe Yahoo won't be around then either.
Anyhoo, I took an Argus C3 "Brick" with the 50mm f3.5 lens, and loaded it with Ilford Delta 100 for the extra contrast as it was going to be a cloudy day with rain breaking out later on. Managed to shoot up the whole roll by driving ahead of the incoming weather, then got some shots of the back side of the storms later that evening. The camera performed very well, with good speeds, and the lens was nice and clear. I did have to clean out the view and rangefinder windows though before it could be used, but that is normal.
There will be some vignetting due to the Series IV hood I used (it came with the camera). Some creative cropping took care of most of it. I need to see if I have a wide-angle version.
Daybreak by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Tails by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Pontiac Chief by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Goodnight, Storm by P F McFarland, on Flickr
Kodak Series IV Hood by P F McFarland, on Flickr
See all the photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCzDFpX
Statistics: Posted by PFMcFarland — Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Have fun with your new toys, Larry.
Statistics: Posted by PFMcFarland — Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:43 pm
Statistics: Posted by PFMcFarland — Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:36 pm
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Statistics: Posted by Captain Slack — Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:20 pm