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One of my favorite folders

Postby melek » Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:48 am

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This was the second Zeiss Ikon camera that I bought when I got back into photography.

Edit: I forgot to mention this is an Ikonta C 520/2 with an f/4.5 105mm Tessar in a Compur shutter. The camera was made in 1937. I almost always have used the flip-up viewfinder rather than the tiny brilliant finder.

I think that I bought it from a woman in Nova Scotia in early 2001 - in the midst of the "go digital" craze when people were dumping film cameras like they were the plague.

It was a bit grimy but otherwise in good condition. The viewfinder was hazy, so I separated the lens elements by heating the viewfinder elements in water on the stove - what the hell was I thinking? It worked, and now I have a clear viewfinder. :)

The Tessar on this camera is outstanding.

I was working overseas at the time, and my family and I were visiting Hong Kong's Peak - the highest point on the island. The viewing platform was crowded (every place in Hong Kong is always crowded) but even so, I managed to take three shots. I was shooting Fuji Reala at f/8, and I couldn't see my watch so I counted to 16. I took three shots at different locations on the platform. When I got the film back, it occurred to me that I should stitch them together into one shot.

I scanned each into a high-resolution 1600 dpi image and then stitched them together. It took about 45 minutes to clean up the scans and do the work. It was on an old Pentium-class PC on Windows 98. Most of the time involved waiting for the screen to redraw.

Because I took the three shots without thinking that I might want to combine them, I had to slightly rotate the outer shots.

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Afterward I cropped to a panoramic shot. The original is nearly 8,000 pixels wide, and the TIFF is about 144MB. Clicking on the photo displays it in a new window (or should).

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I'll post some more regular photos from this camera.
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Re: One of my favorite folders

Postby PFMcFarland » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:46 am

Excellent job on the stitching, Mike, though the Imagizer doesn't seem to be working. I hope to one day get mine back together, now that I have proper tools to get the shutter assembly off so I can do some work on the struts.

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Re: One of my favorite folders

Postby Madrigalrose » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:05 pm

Beautiful shot(s), Mike. Quite impressive looking at the full size shot.
It's something else to think of that lil ol' camera from 1937 capturing such a modern city as Hong Kong and doing it so well. Feels anachronistic somehow.
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Re: One of my favorite folders

Postby Julio1fer » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:42 pm

Very impressive panoramic, let alone the camera used. A Tessar in 6x9 size, wow.
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Re: One of my favorite folders

Postby P C Headland » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:14 am

Nice. A great blend of old and new technologies combining.

I've stitched a few shots from film in the past. It's certainly much easier with the current software options than it was even a few years ago.
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Re: One of my favorite folders

Postby rumtea » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:35 pm

Woww, so beautiful, the camera and its photos :-)
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Re: One of my favorite folders

Postby Bennybee » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:16 am

Yes, very impressive panorama indeed - well worth the time you spent on it. And a lovely camera it is.
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