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12-05-2018, 10:08 AM   #14761
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
If I do not get back today, it will be tomorrow. I now have to get dinner ready and near the table ... plus tonight is the monthly meeting of the local photo club ... busy bee, me.
Très bien.

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A Sigma SD9 body - unfortunately no lens - for £31 inc P&P. I wanted a Sigma body of some sort to test the occasional SA lens that comes my way, and kept being beaten in auctions for film bodies, ended up getting this for about 50% more than most of the 35mm bodies. The snag is that it is as heavy as hell (using six batteries, 4 x AA and two 123A) and the instructions are in German. I've hand-held a lens over it and determined that it does work, and it's a charity item so I don't feel too guilty about spending the money on something that will see very little use. But if a cheap 35mm body with lens comes along I will probably sell this with the lens and keep the 35mm body for future tests....
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Just got my hands on a Minolta HI-MATIC 7... This will rival my beloved Yashica Electro 35 in my rangefinder department...

Test shots are in the works.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
It's just for the "fun" and the experience of doing it.

I should have some neat "panoramas" and "tall" shots in the other direction that cover ALL of the film base.

EDIT : Below are not my images ... but mine will come later. J



One of these days, I am going to have to convert my Yashica 44 to 35mm. The little camera sees very little time off the shelf, in part because the 127 film is difficult to find and get printed/digitized.


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The problem I'm seeing with using 35mm in a TLR is that you presumably have to take the film out in a darkroom, which makes things a bit tricky. Although given the non-standard format you need a darkroom anyway, I suppose.
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As I already proudly announced on the Soft Focus lens Club, after years of lost auctions and patient waiting, I finally won an Imagon 120mm in focusing mount, ready to be adapted to my K-1.
I have many soft focus lenses for large format, from the times I used to collect portrait and SF lenses for bellows cameras.
That includes a handful of Imagons, including a huge 420mm, but all of them are too long to be of some use on a full frame camera.
I have been looking for the shorter versions for long.
Unfortunately I found that every time the price was way beyond what I was ready to pay, especially those in Hasselblad mount.
This time I have been luckier. I found an uncommon version that fortunately didn't attract the attention of some wealthy collector.
It is a Rodenstock Tiefenbildner Jmagon 4.5/120mm in Kochman focusing mount for the Korelle 6x6.






Note the "Jmagon" spelling, typical of pre-WWII uncoated versions.
It is missing (at least) one of the "tea strainer" rings, but it has got one, together with the hood and a yellow filter.
From the size it looks to be the 60mm thread mount (Korelle/Master Korelle used three different mounts, AFAIK).
If I'm right, it should be possible to buy a Korelle to PK focusing adapter, which would allow to fine tune infinity and reach a closer minimum focusing distance.
Keeping my fingers crossed...
I have no info about the company that manufactured the focusing mount. Very likely a small workshop of the likes of Zörkendörfer (Zork), that made the beautiful mounts to adapt modern Imagons to the most diffused medium format film cameras. Kind of present times Novoflex...
I am thinking about trying to use the yellow filter on digital.
Never done that before. It could make sense, though.
While it's true that the effect of a yellow filter can be applied in post production (of course on pictures converted to B/W), a yellow filter could help pre-visualise, and - much more important - could actually tame fringing and reduce atmospheric haze in landscape pictures.
In theory, a red filter would make more sense. The Imagon is a very simple achromat, some fringing has to be expected.
I guess it should possible to adapt the glass of a coated red filter to the push-mount frame of the one that comes with the lens.
I am looking forward to comments/suggestions about this issue.

EDIT:
Found the answer, Frank Kochmann was the maker of the Korelle Reflex before the name was changed in Korelle Werk.
So the helicoid for this Jmagon was not made by a small workshop but the maker of the camera itself.
It is good news, it means that the screw mount was the 40.5mm one of the original Korelle. A later version had a bayonet mount, and the post war Meister/Master Korelle had a 60mm mount.
The commercially available adapter is sold as compatible with the Rodenstock Radionar 70mm, which was the "normal" of the original Korelle, therefore I guess that the adapter on eBay should have the same diameter of my new acquisition.
I hope to be right, converting the 60mm mount and attaining the right register would be a pain...

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Something a little more mundane - another pawn shop bargain. A Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 macro zoom with PK autofocus mount. One of the earlier ones since it has a macro switch that can only be used at 180-300mm, but working well and very clean. Huge beast, and well worth the £9.99 I paid for it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marcus Rowland Quote
Something a little more mundane - another pawn shop bargain. A Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 macro zoom with PK autofocus mount. One of the earlier ones since it has a macro switch that can only be used at 180-300mm, but working well and very clean. Huge beast, and well worth the £9.99 I paid for it.

SFAIK all versions of Tamron's 70~300mm share with the Pentax 55~300mm a reputation for being much better than it should be for the price. I gave mine as a hand-me-down to M and she used for many years during the film era. Still have it, but don't know what to do with it. I should probably give it away to a Pentaxian who cannot afford new lenses as easily as I can.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cyberjunkie Quote
am thinking about trying to use the yellow filter on digital.
Never done that before. It could make sense, though.
While it's true that the effect of a yellow filter can be applied in post production (of course on pictures converted to B/W), a yellow filter could help pre-visualise, and - much more important - could actually tame fringing and reduce atmospheric haze in landscape pictures.
In theory, a red filter would make more sense. The Imagon is a very simple achromat, some fringing has to be expected.
I guess it should possible to adapt the glass of a coated red filter to the push-mount frame of the one that comes with the lens.
I am looking forward to comments/suggestions about this issue.
I have a B&W print on my wall dating from 1962. It is HMS Bounty II under Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver BC. The vantage point was rocks at sea level below the South end of the bridge. I took it with the first model Pentax (exchanged profitably to me: KX + K 55/1.8 by a collector who identified the model) and a 135/3.5 Takumar preset. The image won 2nd prize in Black and White from the film company in its local contest. I was pretty much broke in those days, and the 10 rolls of film and the camera bag they came in were well worth the darkroom time.

To bring this into focus for you: I used a #2 orange filter to turn the exhaust fumes from the surrounding little boats into mist.

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A follow-up ... 135 on Pentax 67

Bonjour,

Here are some rapidly made images of that conversion kit for 135 film in a Pentax 67 ... I used a dead roll of color Fujifilm that probably came from one of my thrift store acquisitions. I have a baggie full of these dead rolls ... the "x" marks that it's a dead roll. I never develop stray rolls that end up in my thrift store finds ... I expose them and them keep them for testing purposes.

The first image is a lens-off one with a simulated MLU ... my 67 is not a MLU version, but if you put the speed dial between "X" and "1000", you are covered here. It's even explained in the manual, so I never quite get why everyone wants a MLU version so bad. Anyway, this long expired film lays relatively flat and I think that some newer (read "thick") B&W film will be just fine.

I will try to shoot B&W 135 some this weekend, if time and weather permits. So, stay tuned for these images here ...





Just FYI, the loading leader as installed and partially advance ... Cheers, J



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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
I have a B&W print on my wall dating from 1962. It is HMS Bounty II under Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver BC.

To bring this into focus for you: I used a #2 orange filter to turn the exhaust fumes from the surrounding little boats into mist.
Beautiful photo!
It has the same allure of pictures taken long before, in the golden era of photography.
I would love to see the original.
Competent use of the red filter, my best compliments.
I realise that when I shot B/W film I almost never used the red filter, rarely the orange, and more often the yellow.
In hindsight, I should have used stronger filters in more occasions.
Well done, my friend, well done!

When the picture was shot I was four years old, and of course completely unaware of photography.
Though I remember being the subject of a good number of pictures. My aunt loved to take photos, always strictly following the rule of having the sun behind her, which meant that I was regularly blinded by the sun (the ritual always took place on the beach, under strong italian sun).
I don't have a single picture where I'm not blinking!
Somehow I managed not being too traumatised and after some time, at the age of 9/10 years old, I started roaming around with a Bencini 4.5x6 camera, with no light meter and no rangefinder, taking pictures of old men still wearing traditional cloths, old building, and anything else that attracted my attention.
I didn't know all that was part of a world that was rapidly fading. The old men with black capes were long gone before I reached 20.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
... conversion kit for 135 film in a Pentax 67 ...
It's the twin of my 6x7.
No MLU, wooden handle, brassing on the bottom.
What a GREAT camera!
Used a Pentacon Six, a late Bronica 6x6, an Hasselblad... nothing comes close. Maybe just the Mamiya 6x7, but I always found the Pentax more practical.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marcus Rowland Quote
The problem I'm seeing with using 35mm in a TLR is that you presumably have to take the film out in a darkroom, which makes things a bit tricky. Although given the non-standard format you need a darkroom anyway, I suppose.
You take the film out in a dark bag or a dark closet at night in the same way as loading a daylight developing tank. The same problem exists for running 35mm in the Pentax 6x7.


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QuoteOriginally posted by cyberjunkie Quote
Beautiful photo!
It has the same allure of pictures taken long before, in the golden era of photography.
I would love to see the original.
Thanks! The original was taken by the contest. This print (reframed by my wife as a birthday gift some years ago) is all that I have left.
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Competent use of the red filter, my best compliments.
I realise that when I shot B/W film I almost never used the red filter, rarely the orange, and more often the yellow.
The filter was a #2 orange, not red. I didn't own a red at the time, but I'm sure it would have been even a bit better. I had only owned the camera for a year, having bought it in a pawn shop in 1961.
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In hindsight, I should have used stronger filters in more occasions.
Well done, my friend, well done!
Thanks again! I was just 22 years old at the time. I used that same camera and combination until the late 1970's I was quite impressed that MGM took a rank amateur's shot and gave it 2nd prize in Vancouver BC
QuoteQuote:
When the picture was shot I was four years old, and of course completely unaware of photography.
Though I remember being the subject of a good number of pictures. My aunt loved to take photos, always strictly following the rule of having the sun behind her, which meant that I was regularly blinded by the sun (the ritual always took place on the beach, under strong italian sun).
I don't have a single picture where I'm not blinking!
Somehow I managed not being too traumatised and after some time, at the age of 9/10 years old, I started roaming around with a Bencini 4.5x6 camera, with no light meter and no rangefinder, taking pictures of old men still wearing traditional cloths, old building, and anything else that attracted my attention.
I didn't know all that was part of a world that was rapidly fading. The old men with black capes were long gone before I reached 20.

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It's the twin of my 6x7.
No MLU, wooden handle, brassing on the bottom.
What a GREAT camera!
Used a Pentacon Six, a late Bronica 6x6, an Hasselblad... nothing comes close. Maybe just the Mamiya 6x7, but I always found the Pentax more practical.
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I am waiting for it right now. Should have been here already but the cranky delivery guy hasn't showed yet.

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The Cranky delivery guy had the day off, some other guy shoved a thing in my face to sign and gave me a box. This was in it:


It looks pristine except for some stuff going on on the edges of the rear element, which is why it was cheap. We'll see how it performs and whether it affects images.



There is even sort of a price tag on it:

286 dollars when I do a quick currency conversion

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I am waiting for it right now. Should have been here already but the cranky delivery guy hasn't showed yet.

---------- Post added 06-12-18 at 20:48 ----------

The Cranky delivery guy had the day off, some other guy shoved a thing in my face to sign and gave me a box. This was in it:


It looks pristine except for some stuff going on on the edges of the rear element, which is why it was cheap. We'll see how it performs and whether it affects images.



There is even sort of a price tag on it:

286 dollars when I do a quick currency conversion
Very nice. I got an FA28-105 on a working ZX-30 today. I was shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that the ZX-30 appears to be fully functional.


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