Tag: Agfa

Now, For a Bit of Spring Color!!

I am doing a 365 wordless black and white project this year, but every now and again the need for color rears its head!  With nothing demanding my time – being retired is so cool! – I am doing a lot of film photography and using some of my vintage cameras.  And, now, I guess vintage film as Agfa Vista 200 is no longer with us . . .

This image was done using Agfa Vista, as stated, and a really interesting camera that I got from the same gentleman who refurbished the Agfa Silette I wrote about earlier.  This is a twin lens reflex (TLR) 35mm camera called the Flexilette, produced from 1960-1961.  The first roll of film I put through it bombed because I pulled the rewind knob out too far and disengaged the canister.  This time I didn’t, and got some really amazing shots.  (Not that I am a great photographer, but the film and camera did a great job!)

I plan to write a review of the Flexilette, but if you want to read about it, do so here.  Meanwhile, a wonderful and colorful spring to you!

Flexilette

 

A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of all the destruction-construction going on in the house, a moment on eBay, and this little camera caught my attention:  a twin lens reflex 35mm camera.  It is an Agfa Flexilette, made only for one year (1960-61 I think).  It was a bit of a bidding war and I was really happy to get it.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to play with it, but it is loaded up with Lomo 100 and I hope, as the domestic chaos winds down, I can get it out to see how it does photographically.  Mechanically, it’s smooth as silk, with large knobs and dials, which make it work very nicely.

Oh, BTW, I took this picture with my new tablet – an iPad 2018 (I had to replace my dying Samsung) on my new floors in my still-empty studio!

Succulent

Succulent

Another medium format image using the Agfa Isolette iii.  In reading about the 6×6 or square format for photography, the approaches recommend playing to the symmetry of the square by using circles, equal areas, and centering of the central point of the image.  Didn’t do that here . . . maybe I should revisit this rather large plant?

It is a lot harder to focus – and stay focused – with this all-manual camera, too!  I should have focused on the center of the stems . . .