Notes : Daniel Ridings

February 19, 2007

PAW 7 2007

Filed under: PAW 2007 — at 10:03 am

PAW 7 2007

Tom Fenwick, a quiet member of Leica and Rollei mailing lists, sent me a combination lens hood for two older lenses I have, the 5cm and 9cm Elmars from Leica. True to Leitz tradition, it has a silly name: FIKUS. It is like a telescopic tube. In its shortest form, it is a shade for the 50 mm lens and in its longest form, for the 135. Inbetween you can adjust it for a 90mm.I usually have trouble getting contrast out of these old lenses. They are not coated so black and white likes to “wash out” readily. The hood helps

Taken with a 5cm Elmar, uncoated, with a FIKUS hood

That one was taken at 1/15 of a second, wide-open. There is good separation in the darker tones, so the contrast was not created by just boosting it in Photoshop.The 90 Elmar worked better as well. I really wish I could get a good portrait of Ewa, my wife. One of these days …

Ewa, taken with a very old 9cm Elmar lens

I liked that one, but the finder I am using with the lens is not very good (it’s a Helios (Japanese) finder with framelines for 35/85 and 135, but it is closer to 40 and 90. But not quite, and when I use it for a 90, I have trouble getting a good composition in the frame.The picture of Ewa was taken with an old black barrel 9cm Elmar. I took it apart to clean up most of the fungus that had started to etch itself onto an internal lens. I picked it up cheap.All film this week was Fomapan 400 developed in Xtol 1:2. The first roll was developed for 14 minutes and the second roll for 13 minutes. I can’t really compare though because the first roll was metered using a Nikon F3 and the second roll was metered using a Gossen Digiflash.

The results can be seen in the shoebox for the week.

February 10, 2007

PAW 5 and 6 2007

Filed under: PAW 2007 — at 1:01 pm

The last two weeks have left me run ragged, but I am finally home again and can post a PAW. It hasn’t been only work. Last week-end some LUGers from the Benelux area and I met up in Brussels.

A LUGer is a member of the LUG (Leica Users Group).

But first I was in Oslo. Visits to Oslo have been less and less frequent, and I feel better and better about it.

So I am not hang my hat there very often and calling it home any more:

Hat in Oslo S

But the trip Brussels was nice, very nice. There are some shots from the visit at my shoebox for these weeks.

For a week 6 main I chose:

Side street to Grote Markt

While I was walking around, I came across a group of young girls at the market place looking for people with blue eyes. Now that all the LUGers who could really speak French were gone, I dared to carry on a conversation in French and explained that I might not fit the criteria; someone might say my eyes are green.

They fetched their leader (teacher). She approved of my eyes and the teacher took a picture of them with me as proof. In this shot, we are in the middle of discussions about what color my eyes are:

Are his eyes green or blue?

All of those were taken with a IIIf. The IIIf is an older Leica camera. I like it because it is small and is easy to have along.

The lens in the first one was a Jupiter-12, a Zeiss Biogon copy from the former Soviet Union (FSU), and the other two were taken with a Voigtländer Color-Skopar 21mm.

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