Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Zorki 6 is loaded with TMAX 100.

This could be interesting.

Friday, November 11, 2005

IV Karat Gold, and Communist Misadventures


Agfa Karat IV
Agfa Solinar f/2.8 50mm
Expired ISO 400 Film

Agfa Karat IV
Agfa Solinar f/2.8 50mm
Expired ISO 400 Film



Agfa Karat IV
Agfa Solinar f/2.8 50mm
Expired ISO 400 Film


Whichever RFFer it was that said the Karat IV had the sharpest Tessar ever ground in the Solinar f/2.8, was absolutely correct. I am absolutely stunned at the results from this camera.

I went and got the film I'd run through it developed today. It amounted to three rolls, in total -- I had four with me. One from the Zorki 6, which finally got here, the first two rolls off the Karat (before I calibrated the rangefinder) and one roll from after I calibrated it.

As a note, most of these pictures are from the last roll mentioned. The first two off the Karat -- well, let's just say that I really did a good job on the rangefinder, based on what it was like before. I'm getting better at guesstimating exposure, too, so this is good. Soon I won't even need a light meter! (Not that I have one now.)

The Zorki was a different story. When I loaded the damn thing, I'm pretty damn sure it didn't catch properly, because the wind lever was DEFINITELY not engaging the sproket holes in the film. That means I shot an entire 24 exposures on one frame of film. That would have been utterly pointless to have developed.

I bought a roll of TMAX to tide me over until I get my lot of film from Paul. Hopefully I can load it correctly. I want to see how the Zorki shoots!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

In Soviet Russia, Film load YOU!

The Zorki got here yesterday. Actually, if you want to get technical, it got here Monday. But those bastards at Canada Post deliver parcels when nobody's home just to piss you off, and then make you wait until after one o'clock the next day to pick them up. What jerks.

It was packed in pretty tightly -- to his credit, Nikolai did a wonderful job of making sure it arrived intact and undamaged. Was all cute and wrapped in brown paper folded and held in place by string, too. Tee hee.

Thing works like a friggin' dream. I might have to pick up another lens for it, (as this one's a little scratched and looks like some gunk transferred to it. I'll try cleaning it first,) but other than that, everything works flawlessly. Rangefinder's perfectly calibrated and everything.

Once my lot of film gets here, I'll run some rolls through it and the Agfa, and post some of the results.