The classy Contessa

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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by titrisol » Tue Feb 14, 2023 11:50 am

A few from mine from a trip to St Louis
Rollei Retro 100 (APX100) developed in a D76 1:1 clone (Sprint)
The Gateway Arch
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Old Courthouse and Dredd Scott
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Driftwood on the MIssissippi shore
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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by Julio1fer » Wed Feb 15, 2023 9:38 pm

Nice series, I like that fence+tower.

Do you find these sharp enough? With that lens and film, would the plate in the Dredd Scott monument be readable? I must test mine with a similar subject.

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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by titrisol » Wed Feb 15, 2023 10:27 pm

I think pictures are sharp enough, I need to check them in the darkroom as these were just DSLR-scanned quickly.
The monument Plaque is not readable, you can make the letters up but they were too small
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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by Julio1fer » Thu Feb 16, 2023 7:28 pm

I think pictures are sharp enough, I need to check them in the darkroom as these were just DSLR-scanned quickly.
Understood! Let us know your conclusions!

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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by titrisol » Fri Feb 17, 2023 11:16 am

Julio, I put the negative in the enlarger and raised it up as high as it goes (17X)
The plaque was sharp and and I guess it could be read, but the font and angle in which I took the pic makes it difficult.
I could see the numbers at the bottom with effort and imagination

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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by Julio1fer » Fri Feb 17, 2023 7:00 pm

That is a fine performance for lens and film (and the photographer too).

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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by melek » Wed Mar 22, 2023 9:15 pm

The Contessa is one of the final great folding 35mm cameras from Zeiss Ikon, which didn't really make many folding 35mm cameras.

The only pre-war 35mm folder is the Super Nettel, right? And the only other folding 35mm cameras was the Ikonta/Contina, Contina II and Contessa.

At one time, I owned about a dozen of these. I gave away or sold all but two.
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Re: The classy Contessa

Post by Brazile » Fri Mar 24, 2023 6:37 am

Also the Balda Baldinette. I have an (currently non-working, although I suppose I ought to try to do something about that) otherwise nice-looking copy that I picked up at an antique mall in Denton, Texas for $35 (?) some years ago.

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