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 theContinue reading “Voigtländer focus table”

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 inContinue reading “Through the viewfinder”

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 aContinue reading “Bristol docks at lunchtime”

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 firstContinue reading “Voigtländer Bessa 6×9”

Autoradiographic plates

Outdated medical technology isn’t normally the kind of thing I’d be interested in, or would write about – but I was given some old glass autoradiographic stripping plates. I didn’t know what they were at the time – I assumed they were normal photographic plates, but I’ve done a little light reading. Autoradiography The gistContinue reading “Autoradiographic plates”

Voigtländer Bessa

Another week, another new camera, and some more photos from it. These photos are taken with my “new” Voigtländer Bessa. I posted on here recently with some photos from a film that was still in the camera. With a camera from the late 1920s-1930s, it seemed fitting to visit a former industrial site – soContinue reading “Voigtländer Bessa”