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Blast from the past - Exakta VXIIa at the Gold Mines - A NelsonFoto Forums thread

Postby GrahamS » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:48 am

I posted this thread on NelsonFoto Forums on Saturday December 10th, 2005:

Exakta Varex IIa at the Gold Mines

Going through my collection of slides, I came across these two shots taken with an Exakta Varex IIA on Kodachrome II, at what is commonly called a "mine dance" in RSA, in the 1960's. The mine workers were mostly migrant labourers who lived in accomodation segregated according to tribe. On Sundays, the various tribes put on a display of tribal dancing in a purpose built arena. If I remember correctly, the first shot is of the Shangaan, or Tsonga as they are also known, who come from Mocambique. Their performance consists of a series of solo displays, each demonstrating how fierce and virile the dancer, or warrior, is. The second group are Xhosa who have "modernised" their tribal dress with coloured ostrich feathers instead of the original white ones.

As far as I am aware, these dances are still held today, but now only workers from tribes within RSA are employed on the mines.

I had a fascination for the Exakta at the time, which belonged to my grandfather. The non-return mirror was a pain, but it sure brought home the goods.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: Exakta Varex IIa at the Gold Mines Reply with quote
Graham Serretta wrote:
The non-return mirror was a pain, but it sure brought home the goods.


No kidding - super looking kodachromes there! What is especially super is that they seem timeless - no way to know they were shot in the '60s on an obsolete camera vs yesterday on a dSLR Smile
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That first shot is fantastic!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 4:11 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
Excellent shots and interesting context.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:06 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
Great quality from that Exakta/Kodak combination. Makes me wish I had my little Exa back with its look-down finder.
I think I read The Washing of the Spears for the first time in high school. I was tremendously impressed by the idea that the Zulu warriors could run ten miles and then immediately engage in hand-to-hand combat. The later film kind of skipped over Isandalwana and focused on Rorke's Drift where the Brits held out, but the portrayal of the Zulu's chanting and dancing was very convincing.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 7:00 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
Graham PM'd me saying he could not see his images. Any others having similar difficulty with IE6?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 7:22 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
I can see them in IE6, but they take a long time to download. If you look at the "Properties" box there is no file size indicated. Something going on at the photo.net end, I would guess.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:24 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
Wonderful. K-II was about 12 ASA, no?

Had no problem viewing with IE6. The pics appeared as soon as I clicked on this thread.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:54 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
I see them with IE6 too.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:04 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
KII was ASA 25. I see them no problem with IE 6.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:00 am Post subject: Reply with quote
Also looks to me as if they could have been taken yesterday. Excellent!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:48 am Post subject: Reply with quote
These have held up exceptionally well. I hope Kodachrome isn't phased out any time soon.

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GeneW wrote:
These have held up exceptionally well. I hope Kodachrome isn't phased out any time soon.

Gene


It pretty much is IMO with no K25.
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Glad you all enjoyed - thank's for the compliments.

PS - I think I've cracked the problem I was having with IE6 - security update issue.
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Re: Blast from the past - Exakta VXIIa at the Gold Mines - A NelsonFoto Forums thread

Postby GrahamS » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:07 am

Just a BTW: Until you have heard a Zulu war drum beaten in anger, your soul would not have stirred!
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Re: Blast from the past - Exakta VXIIa at the Gold Mines - A NelsonFoto Forums thread

Postby Dennis Gallus » Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:39 pm

Graham,

I have only held an Exacta twice in my life, and never used one. Judging by your post, they certainly produced quality results. Terrific colors from the old Tessar.

Thanks for re-posting,
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