Saturday, June 23, 2012

Testing, testing, 1, 2

Amongst the "new to us" cameras that we received at Christmas time from our sister-in-law, was a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2. An adorable folding camera, complete with bellows and a leather carrying pouch.The Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2 was produced from 1934-58 and uses the 120mm medium format film as opposed to the more common 35mm film (there is a good little review and description of all it's stats here).

Jeffrey & I were super excited to try this one out, because I think it might be the oldest camera that we own now. We had no idea if it would even work! The good news is... it worked beautifully! And produced some really neat pictures with interesting textures and tones. 

Unfortunately with 120mm film, you only get 8 frames and the cost of film and development can be more expensive than 35mm film. The benefit of medium format film is that you can produce larger enlargements with less grain.
However, since we rarely print or enlarge our photos (at least for now), the Ikon Nettar won't make it's way into our regular camera rotation, but I would definitely like to try it again now that I know what it can do, and pull it out for special occasions or specific shots. I'd also like to see what it can do with colour film.

Me! By Jeffrey

At the Farmer's Market

Duck Pond at Queen Elizabeth

The view from the top! Overlooking Vancouver from Queen Elizabeth Park

A nice place to rest

Our "new to us babies" - The Zeiss Ikon is the one in the centre

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