Voigtländer focus table

This Voigtländer Bessa 6×9 from around 1947 has an embossed metal table on the back which allows the photographer to calculate the depth of field based on the aperture and the focus distance. It’s still as accurate today as it ever was, provided you are using a 110mm lens. If you’re not sure how to read the […]

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Through the viewfinder

This week for the Photo Challenge, Kirsty suggested that we innovate and cobble together some lighting equipment out of household bits and bobs. Before I explain my method, here’s what I achieved. This picture actually involved three cameras, some drinking straws, and lots of glue. I used the through-the-viewfinder (TtV) technique. The small camera in […]

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Bristol docks at lunchtime

Last week there was a rare sunny February day, so Paul and I wandered down to Bristol docks to try for a few photos. I was carrying my grandfather’s Voigtlander Vito II, loaded with cheap colour film from Poundland. I developed the C-41 colour film at home using Digibase chemistry. It seems there was a […]

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False colour

A while back I came into a roll of film that expired in 1992. It was Kodak Ektar 125, discontinued in 1991, but famous for its saturated colours. I kept it aside and waited for sunny weather that would make the most of the colours. Eventually, I decided to shoot the film in an old […]

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Voigtländer Vito II

Released 1949 I inherited this camera from my grandfather. Notably, he used it to take his pictures of post-war Korea in 1955. It’s my first 35mm bellows camera (although I do have plenty of larger bellows cameras). At a glance Lens Fixed 50mm Color-Skopar f/3.5 Film 135 (35mm) Focus Guess Meter None

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Inherited cameras

When my grandad died in 2008 I inherited his old cameras. Theoretically, at least, since nobody knew where they were. At the time, I knew he’d taken some wonderful pictures of post-war Korea in 1955 which I published – but we weren’t able to find the camera used to take them, nor did we know […]

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Voigtländer Bessa 6×9

Released 1929 I’ve wanted a bellows camera of some sort for ages, mainly for their antique looks. Trouble is, it’s hard to find specimens with the leather intact and still light-tight. This one is in poor cosmetic condition, but still mostly works. The shutter is a bit sticky at slow speeds and when I first […]

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