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Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

This guy does. Its fascinating the degree people go to in order to produce images.


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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

Basically, it differs very little from the very latest digital camera. Both are just a light tight box containing light sensitive media, which can be exposed to a controlled amount of light by the operator in order to record an image. In either case the success of the image is mainly dependant upon the skill and imagination of the operator.
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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

Plenty of depths of field here. It would not appeal to FF fanboys.
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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

I was lucky enough to be given a Pony Premo No 2 in remarkably good condition a couple of years ago.

From what I have read it is probably over 100 years old but looks as if it has hardly been used. The leather bellows is in perfect condition as is the leather film backing in the double-sided film carriers. The only part that doesn't work is the rubber balloon and hose for the shutter release which has perished.

I haven't tried any film in it yet, but I will have to give it a try sometime. It all feels rather delicate.



I also have a Kodak Retina 1a which I used extensively at one time (brilliant Schneider lens) and which must be about seventy years old.

As John says that basics of photography haven't really changed; only the light sensitive medium and the size of that medium.
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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

Old cameras and their lenses definitely win on a number of counts, but in terms of character they head the league.
Would I "Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera [and lens]" - most definitely!!

Interesting to read that Ricoh (not me you understand ) predict that many mirrorless 'shooters' will return to DSLRs. https://petapixel.com/2019/05/20/ric...eid=2a426fcff6
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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

Folded up that is going to take less space than a camera+lens.
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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

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Interesting to read that Ricoh (not me you understand ) predict that many mirrorless 'shooters' will return to DSLRs. https://petapixel.com/2019/05/20/ric...eid=2a426fcff6
Full frame cameras may well encourage photographers back to DSLR's, but there is little joy for me in peering into the darkness and narrow confines of an optical Four Thirds viewfinder, especially with a slow zoom attached. For those reasons I much prefer the EVF on Olympus cameras. There is also the added benefit of focus peaking, histogram and so forth but it can become very cluttered.

At the same time my son uses a Nikon D750 and now a D850. The optical viewfinders on these cameras are superb, especially with a fast prime attached, in much the same way that the viewfinders on the old OM cameras were a real pleasure to use.

It is also worth mentioning that medium format film cameras also seem to be enjoying something of a revival, possibly for similar reasons. I personally much prefer using a waist level finder than any SLR viewfinder.
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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

If I was going down the DSLR route I'd ditch the notion of zoom lens and kit-up with fast primes. Know what you're talking about with the D850, having tried one in the showroom.

Personally I like the frame lines of the rangefinder and/or scale focus camera, it's like looking at a framed photograph before you've actually exposed the film or sensor. Most photographers would learn a great deal if they practiced using a scale focus camera, at least remembering to remove the lens cap.
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Re: Fancy taking photos with a 90 year old camera

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I was lucky enough to be given a Pony Premo No 2 in remarkably good condition a couple of years ago.

I haven't tried any film in it yet, but I will have to give it a try sometime. It all feels rather delicate.
Beautiful. Does it take film, though, or plates? You can actually buy dry plates ready made:
https://www.pictoriographica.com/

And plate holders may soon be available via a Kickstarter as well:
https://www.photrio.com/forum/thread...coming.164990/

Of course, if it does take film holders rather than plates that will be a lot easier...
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Beautiful. Does it take film, though, or plates? You can actually buy dry plates ready made:
https://www.pictoriographica.com/

And plate holders may soon be available via a Kickstarter as well:
https://www.photrio.com/forum/thread...coming.164990/

Of course, if it does take film holders rather than plates that will be a lot easier...
From what I can see it takes film of 5" x 4" or thereabouts. There are four or five film holders with the camera which keep the film dark before and after exposure. I would imagine you could also use glass plates of the right size but you would need some way of carrying them before and after exposure.
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