Sunday, 29 June 2014
The Vega has a time-lapse facility, allowing you to set intervals ranging from 10 seconds to one hour. I placed the camera on a windowsill and set the timer to one hour, then left it for 30 hours starting on the afternoon of 20th June. The slowest shutter speed is 1/15th second, so unfortunately there is nothing to see on the night photos.
Saturday, 28 June 2014
The Vega 140s is one of many mid-range consumer automatic point-and-shoot zooms from the 1990s. This one has a time-lapse function, and rather unusually, a "B" setting. I'll be taking with me on a trip to Venice, and aim to try out the time lapse function on the longest day, 21st June.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
The FED-4 was made between 1964 and 1980, and like the FED-3 was a move away from the blatant copies of the Leica range that began the FED range. Like the Leica it has a 39mm screw lens mount, and the most common standard lens is the 52mm f2.8 Industar. I also have a 35mm and 135mm lens and the turret viewfinder which caters for 5 different focal lengths.
Monday, 16 June 2014
This window is of great significance in the history of photography, it was the subject of the world's first photographic negative made by Fox Talbot at Lacock Abbey in 1835. I've left this one as a negative image, as this is how it was seen by Fox Talbot.
One advantage of using a waist level camera is that it is easier to use slower shutter speeds without getting camera shake by bracing the camera using the strap. I can't remember what speed I used here, but I think it was probably 1/15th sec.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
This close range photos is probably reasonably in focus due to the aperture being very small on this bright sunny day. It's a shame to Taxona has so many problems, as I like using square format cameras, but I think this one is destined for display rather than use.
Despite using a tape measure, this one, along with any other close range shots, was very out of focus, so I suspect a previous owner may have removed the front element (which is used for focusing) and replaced it without properly adjusting it.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
The Taxona is unusual in that it takes square negatives on normal 35mm film. It is a later version of the Tenax I that I used in week 48. The square format is not the only unusual feature, it also has a single lever which both winds on the film and cocks the shutter, then acts as the shutter release.
Although everything works perfectly without a film, once loaded it becomes very stiff, and sometimes the film winds on without the shutter being set. I suspect there may be problems this week...