Saturday, 23 April 2016
This is an outdoor camera, but I managed to take an indoor shot back taking a mirror off the wall and propping against a window to catch some late afternoon direct sunlight. The circle at the top of the image is lens flare as a result of this. This one used the "tele" lens.
Not surprisingly the quality was not very good from this camera, the framing in the viewfinder is particularly inaccurate, with subjects that were central in the viewfinder being to the left on the photos. This is a square crop to get rid of a large area of black tarmac.
Friday, 22 April 2016
An insert in the original box which this camera came in shows it to have been a promotional gift from Readers Digest magazine. There is a sliding mechanism which changes the focla length from 32mm to 45mm, the latter is hardly "wide" and the latter is certainly not "tele" but I suppose it was mainly done for novelty reasons. I'll be using some expired film in it, as I don't expect the quality to be up to much.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
This is a precision made rangefinder camera from Germany. It has a breech lock interchangable lens mount, but I only have the 50mm lens with mine. It came from a charity shop for £9.99, but unfortunately has a significant dent in the top plate. This doesn't seem to effect the function of the camera, but would substantuilly reduce its value to a collector.
I've loaded it with Fomapan ISO 100 black and white negative film.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Monday, 4 April 2016
There is a "B" setting on this camera, so I used a tripod and a small aperture to ensure that this close range shot was in focus. The exposure was around 1 second. While there are some parallax correction marks in the viewfinder, I either misused them, or they are not very accurate.
This is one of many budget cameras that were produced by the German Beier factory, they often appeared as "own brands" in the UK notably as Boots and Dixons. There is little to go wrong with the camera, it has three shutter speeds, plus B and an f2.9 45mm Meritar lens. I assume that the 125 in the camera's name comes from the fastest shutter speed.