Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sundays Overseas: Bath Monument

A monument to William of Orange at one of the Crossroads...........

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Has Sprung!

Last night was the Vernal Equinox.  Happy First Day Of Spring!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Vintage Camera News: Made in the USSR……..

But found in the ‘trash’ so to speak.  One of the old-timer scientists where Donald works was retiring and cleaning out his laboratory.  Certain items were left out for anyone to take.
So the find was a Kalimar Wide-X, swing-lens panorama camera:
Swing Lens Feature-sweeps across the field of view to limit exposure and create panorama effect.
Essential Data from
Dates: 1967-1973
Origin:  An export version of the Russian of the HorizonT 35 mm swing-lens panorama camera for the American market.  Rebadged by the importer Kalimar.  Almost 50,000 were produced, sold under different names in different countries.  Since 1991 it has been produced as the Plastic Horizon Panorama:  Model Horizon-202 from 1991-2005 and Model Horizon Kompackt from 2005-2009.  I could not find any evidence of current production. But for more on Plastic Cameras visit the Lomo Society.
Yes the field of view lens is cracked but still useable.
The camera must be level to minimize distortion, so a tripod is required.
A manual we found in translation on-line warned that the shutter speed was 'only approximate' and the ASA dial 'just a reminder'.
Also a couple of compact light meters:
Sekonic Auto-Lumi L-158 and the Gossen Pilot:
About once a month I intend to write about one of the cameras I own or hope to own.  I had done some of this when I began this Blog.  I may re-post some of those oldies (with updates) for the benefit on more recent followers.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Last Call for Winter........

Officially done in a few weeks, but don't tell the high mountain passes that!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Vintage Camera News: Back in the Saddle again, the XD-11 Returns!

Currently in film testing, I expect to have the results by the end of the week.  When I picked up the XD-11, I dropped of the Canonet Q17 GIII.  My repairman was surprised when I told him how much the value had recently gone up (~$200-$250).  But there is a trend towards film rangefinders now.

What is your favorite Rangefinder?