old cameras


Time to take a look at some of my old camera collection.

 

Nikon Nikkormat FTN
Nikon Nikkormat FTN

 

Nikkormat SLRs were simpler, more affordable alternatives to Nikon’s professional level Nikon F and F2 SLRs. The Nikkormat FTn was manufactured from 1967 to 1975. 

Argus C3
Argus C3

The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann ArborMichiganUSA. The camera sold about 2 million units, making it one of the most popular cameras in history. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly referred to as “The Brick” by photographers (in Japan its nickname translates as “The Lunchbox“). The most famous 20th-century photographer who used it wasTony Vaccaro, who employed this model during World War II.

Cosina Voigtlander T101 with 35mm f2.5 Classic lens
Cosina Voigtlander T101 with 35mm f2.5 Classic lens

 

The first model was the Bessa L, introduced in 1999. This was a finderless body with a Leica screw mount. It was introduced with a range of Voigtländer 39mm screw lenses that were quite inexpensive and said to be of excellent quality. It could of course mount all the wide variety of 39mm screw lenses by manufacturers as diverse as LeicaCanonNikon and even cheaper but often excellent Soviet lenses.

 

The Bessa L was mostly intended to be used with ultra wide angle lenses, with which the absence of a focusing device is not a problem. Most notably Voigtländer introduced a 15mm and a 12mm lens, the latter being the widest rectilinear lens ever marketed.

 

The Bessa L has TTL metering with LED readout on the back edge of the top plate with an ASA range of 25–1600 and an EV range 1 to 19 at ASA 100. The readout consists of two red arrows pointing to a green light in between that enables use of the camera as, effectively, a shutter priority, aperture priority, or totally manual camera.

 

On some markets, the Voigtländer Bessa L was sold as the Cosina SW-107.

 

The Bessa L was supplemented in 2001 by the Bessa T, which used the Leica M-mount, could receive a trigger advance design, and had an integrated rangefinder with high magnification, but no viewfinder. It was sold in silver or black; from 2002, also in gray or olive (at a higher price and perhaps only in Japan). It is now discontinued but some stock is still available.

 In 2001, the Bessa T was sold in a special kit, called 101st Anniversary (in short “T101”), with a 50mm f:3.5 collapsible Heliar lens, for the anniversary of the Voigtländer Heliar lens design. It existed in black, grey, olive and blue: five hundred numbered examples were produced for each color.

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photos Antietam Battlefield, US CIVIL WAR


Antietam Battlefield from my trip in 2002 some of my shots from that day were made with a Voigtlander Cosina T101 rangefinder film camera and the CV Classic f2.5 35mm ltm lens.

The Battle of Antietam /ænˈttəm/ also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South, fought on Wednesday, September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek, as part of the Maryland Campaign, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 22,717 dead, wounded, and missing on both sides combined.

The bridge is known as Burnside’s Bridge for the Union General who kept sending Union troops to cross it and where many were killed by Confederate sharpshooters who were positioned on the high ground on the west side of the creek.

I stood up there and could judge how effective was the firing angle of their hilltop position.

gone skating 6×9 photo image


Frozen harbour at Midland, Ont. from a few years back. In the background ice fishing huts. Pure winter at its best.

camerosity stuff of the tech kind: If memory serves, this is a scan from a negative.  the negative was 6x9cm frame from the 120 film camera:  Agfa Billy Record III, a folding camera with an uncoupled rangefinder and a 105mm “normal lens“.  You must set everything on this camera.  Look through the uncoupled rangefinder and determine distance, set it on the lens. Set the aperture.  Set the shutter speed.  Having determined exposure either by sunny 16 rule or with a handheld exposure meter.  Oh and you have to cock the shutter.  Film advance is by a dial on the top, you peer through a red window in the camera back to see the film number which tips you off to stop turning.

Seems like I cropped the image some.  I bought mine refurbished.  I hope to get it out this year and run some film through it. It folds up to a very compact size.

AGFA BILLY RECORD III

Bessa T101 with 35mm Classic f2.5 lens


Cosina Voigtlander rangefinder aping the Leica IIIF rangefinder film camera using 35mm film. The camera requires an auxilary viewfinder.

below: T101 with 50mm f3.5 collapsible lens reputed to be one of the sharpest 35mm film camera lens made.
Bessa T101

Antietam Burnside’s Bridge



Antietam Burnside’s Bridge

Originally uploaded by canuckshutterer “Bill” (W.J. Gibson)

Burnside was the Union General who kept ordering his troops to cross this bridge under murderous fire from Confederate troops positioned on the hill in the background. Antietam was one of the bloodiest of Civil War battles.

Cosina Voigtlander Bessa T101 Rangefinder camera and Cosina Voigtlander 35mm f2.5 Classic Leica Thread Mount lens mounted with the LTM-M mount adapter – Fuji NPH