Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
This brings me to my latest acquisition: A Yashica FX-3 Super 2000. It is a bit dirty and even a bit rusty, but it works and I am very excited to have it for $30. The reason I am so excited is because this cheap little unassuming 35mm SLR uses the C/Y lens mount, the very same mount used for the Contax Ziess T* MM line of lenses. These lenses are known for their superb quality and design, comparable to even Leica.
I bought the Yashica even though I already have a Contax RTS III body, which is a wonderful camera, but it is big, heavy, expensive, and requires batteries (often). The Yashica is none of those; it is cheap ($30), small, light, and fully mechanical (only using a battery for a light meter). I feel like this little camera is one of the best kept secrets in photo equipment, I was very excited to find out about it. I thought I was going to have to wait until I could afford a Contax S2 to have a fully manual and mechanical body for Contax lenses.
While it is nice to have such a nice cheap body I can now throw around, I still can't throw it around as long as I use Contax lenses on it. It goes without saying the lenses are not cheap and it would be very regrettable to abuse them. Also, I only have one lens: a 50mm f/1.4 (the very basic). Right now I only hope to one day obtain a 85mm f/1.4 or a 28mm f/2, since currently I mostly use my Contax 645 medium format camera. I will likely be adding another lens to my kit for that soon.
I could go on and on about Contax gear, but for now I have a new toy to play with.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
By the end of the day I had one photo already completed and hung on the wall, but it is only temporary until I install tomorrow.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I have to admit that browsing through antique stores can actually be quite fun, and it is easy to find small treasures like this. It is a glass plate 4x5 negative. I can only imagine when or where it is from, but a horse drawn carriage is visible in the background. I am going to try printing this at some point, but unfortunately the corner broke in my carelessness. I glued it back on but lets see if it can survive the trip home.