Sunday, 18 December 2011

N°300 : Muscle Cam : Samsung 815 Pro

Muscle Cam : Samsung 815 Pro
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

At his time this bridge had it all better then the rest :

- 3 Viewers : TFT, bridge-viewer and top.
- Biggest Lithium Battery : + 500 shots.
- Biggest display screen : 3.5 TFT.
- Biggest zoom : 15x optical Schneider-Kreuznach.

Even the poor ISO-max of 400 did not interfer with the very good image quality of the beast.

Samsung did it again!

(Ok, they copy the Sony DSC-F828 a bit, bit I forgive them.)

Saturday, 17 December 2011

N°299 : And now I'm a professional, Fuji S2 Pro.

And now I'm a professional, Fuji S2 Pro.
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Dated from Januari 2002, this DSLR from Fuji has it all : Nikon F-mount, the technical aspects of a modern DSLR, a 6 Million pixels honeycomb sensor that can be interpolated to 12 Million pixels, and 6 batteries! A bit slow while recording, a rather small display, but for 90 Euro I cannot complain! (Thanks to Björn Pira for the sell)

N°298 : Kodak CX7525, break your display.

Kodak CX7525, break your display.
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Back to the analog way that Lomography calls their rule : the surprise of taken pictures by a shitty camera after fimprocessing. I have another rule : break the display of your shitty digital camera...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

N°297 : Leica M8 for Infrared Combo

Leica M8 for Infrared Combo
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

The main problem with infrared photography is that the wellknown R72 filter is damned dark. I bought this filter thinking is was an easy way on my DSLR. But I was wrong, in broad daylight there is nothing to see... So puzzeling around in my photogear I made this combo : Leica M8, an Nikon F-mount adapter to LTM and for the lens a Nikon Serie E 28mm, 1 : 2.8. The rangefinder can be used and everything is clear! The lens is not the fastest but it works very well and it has the "red dot" needed for actual infrared focussing.

Here the link to an example.

The sensor is not to bad to infrared, some postprocessing is needed.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

N°296 : Emeric's Gift : Rollei SL35 M

Emeric's Gift : Rollei SL35 M
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Just to thank Emeric Debusschere for the gift., I wish him strenght for his forthcoming medical intervention en recovery.

Emeric Debusschere is the guitarist of Diskonnekted,

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

N°295 : Leica M8 with Russian Industar-22

Leica M8 with Russian Industar-22
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

If you don't want to break your wallet empty with Leica lenses, a nice option is to buy a russian copy of early Leicas, like the Zorki or Fed. They cost on Evilbay around the 50 Euro, then a 50mm M39 - LTM adapter on the same site for 10 Euro. This one has the Industar-22, in fact a russian copy of the Elmar. The results are maybe not so perfect as the Elmar, but they are pretty acceptable. You got also this typical ancient feeling to shoot analog on digital.
At the end my M8 told me : "What have I done to deserve this".

N°294 : Konica Autoreflex TC, The Art of Duct-taping

Konica Autoreflex TC, The Art of Duct-taping
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

So, my leatherette is shitty and I like to preserve my beloved SLR, ...let's think,...?
I got some black Duct-tape in the drawer from my garage that fits perfectly as leaterette replacement, let's do it!
The fact that I'm not very handy in doing suh things doesn't matter...
A gift from Peter Carly, found on fleamarket for 1 Euro.

N°293 : Schwarzkopf

Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

...further description is unneccesary...

A gift from (again) Peter Carly.

N°292 : Nippon AR-4392F

Nippon AR-4392F
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Another member of the Canomatic Brotherhood. This version is a bit cheaper in designs and technics : manual filmwinder, no flash and the metal piece that makes it heavy is sadly missing. Nippon stands for japanese made Nikon and AR-4392F, means that there are probably a huge numbers of previous versions.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

N°291 : Canomatic, the answer to Steve Jobs

Canomatic, the answer to Steve Jobs
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

If you want to be part of a hype today, you need to buy : "Heavily Commercialised with A-lot-of Advertised Brand-Stamped Things that your Hyper Neighbour has and that you still not have, but will have, because it's Annoying that your Neighbour is Hyper then Yourself".

Ok besides this, it's a fake SLR and analog filmcamera.

It has 2 viewers, point-and-shoot and a topviewer.

It has a motorwinder, a automatic fash and a motorized zoom, wich I don't know the exact the focal-lenght, probably around 50mm.

To make a strong and heavy feeling, there is some metal pieces in it, that are coming loose after a while.

A nice Robocop-sound is made wen zooming and focussing(?).

The exposure is automatic and only works when the flash is up.

A digital LCD screen on top with : counter, selftimer, film-rewinder, red-eye reduction and some kind of remote controller.

The lens has a fantastic 50mm, 6.3 - 16 plastic pinhole free focus color made-in japan lens.

I just figured what the zoom does : it's a motorized aperture-mechanism for the exposure that is indicated on a small sticker with suns and clouds, you can use it by pushing 2 big red buttons forward and backwards...

I would call the it the Ultimate-I-Analoge-Camera.

Thanks for Jan Pattyn for the gift.

Friday, 23 September 2011

N°290 : Brownie Starflash Camera

Brownie Starflash Camera
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Huge inbuild reflector for this little guy. This is the french-made version, besides the US one. Inscriptions are in french.

N°289 : Kodak Brownie Starmite Camera

Kodak Brownie Starmite Camera
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Funny little camera with oneshot flash.

N°288 : Minolta Hi-Matic AFM-2

Minolta Hi-Matic AFM-2
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

End of the line for the Minolta Hi-Matics, missing the beauty of the first models. The camera is fully plastic, has a film-motor, automatic exposure, a build-in flash and autofocus, more improvements were hard to made.

N°287 : Yashica Reflex 35

Yashica Reflex 35
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

First SLR from Yashica, the lens is M42, this camera is sadly missing the exposuremeter that slides over the J on the left front of the camera.

N°286 : Fujica V2

Fujica V2
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

A big button on the front let the user choose the speed. V2, I don't know where the name comes from, probably not from the unfamous german bombs, during WWII, Japan and Germany were allied or not?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

N°285 : Kiev 6-C

Kiev 6-C
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

It's huge, its russian, the shutterbutton is on the left side, it smells badly industrial oil, it's 2,120kg heavy, makes 12 views on 120-film, ...I love it.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Saturday, 17 September 2011

N°283 : Canonet QL19 GIII

Canonet QL19 GIII
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

QL = Quick Load
GIII = (up)Grade 3

This is the top of the top of the Canonet serial.

The denomination of "G", is still actual in Canon digital camera's, size, type and design close to the Canonets.

N°282 : Lomo Smena SL

Lomo Smena SL
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Funny weater forecasting on the top plate, works with the rapid filmloadsystem, has a Lomo-lens for the aficionados of the wellknown hype.

N°281 : Meikai EL

Meikai EL
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Simple camera with a "Instant Shutter and Tougodo New MK Lens"?

N°280 : Paxina

Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

One of the simple models of the Paxina-line. The lens is collapsible, 3 speeds, 3 diaphragma sizes, 9 possible exposures. Easy to diy a pinhole-camera, removing the lens and just add a pinplate, the collapsed lens is close to the negative to have relatively wide shots.

N°279 : Randstad Panoramic Camera

Randstad Panoramic Camera
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Blue plastic toycamera from Randstand. (Randstad is not the brand of the camera but an interim office)

N°278 : Yashica MG-1 Silver

Yashica MG-1 Silver
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

In the line of the Yashica Electro rangefinders.

Here a silver edition.

N°277 : Yashica MG-1 Black

Yashica MG-1 Black
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

In the line of the Yashica Electro rangefinders.

Here a black edition.

N°276 : Nimslo 3D

Nimslo 3D
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

3D, but four lenses. Nowadays some companies still develop the lenticular 3D pictures. Interesting is that besides this technique, the camera can be used for simple stereoscopic pictures, cross-eyed or parallel. By cutting of the negatif separation inside the camera it's possible to make a panoramic of it.

Friday, 16 September 2011

N°275 : Ratcam Black Polaroid SX70

Ratcam Black Polaroid SX70
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Found in fotogear with a Nikon F1, this black boy has a bad skin, a missing shutter, but seem in a mechanical working order. The shutterbutton is missing, seems to work with electrical contact, maybe time to DIY.,...

Sunday, 11 September 2011

N°274 : Pentax istD, Wide Fisted.

Pentax istD, Wide Fisted.
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

I just had to screw this Sony 0,7 wide lens addon, to the Pentax.

Strangely it works very well, a bit blurry at the edges and whitout spherical deformation.

The equivalent is : (Pentax APS-C x 1,5) - (Wide lens x 0,7) - (on the 18mm-55mm zoom) makes a nice 19mm fullframe (equiv).

N°273 : Minolta Riva Zoom 105i White Version

Minolta Riva Zoom 105i White Version
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

I posted the black version some times ago, here is the white version.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

N°272 : HP Photosmart 215

HP Photosmart 215
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Found on the net : Manufacturer Overview.

The subject of this review is HP's PhotoSmart 215 digital camera, a 1.3-megapixel unit designed for the ultimate in operating simplicity. As such, it lacks the controls for exposure and white balance adjustment we're accustomed to seeing on the more advanced cameras we commonly test. Even lacking such controls though, it proved surprisingly adept at producing usable images under a wide variety of shooting conditions. For those images requiring post-capture tweaking and adjustment, we found its software to be both friendly and functional. While other cameras may boast higher resolution or more advanced exposure controls, the PhotoSmart 215 offers an easy entry to the world of digital photography at a very affordable price: If you're mainly interested in emailing images or prints 4x6 inches or smaller, the PhotoSmart 215 could be a good choice.

...and this was 10 years ago.

N°271 : Red Xerox Giveway Camera

Red Xerox Giveway Camera
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Not produced by Xerox, but it has his imprint.

Digital toycamera with interesting design, red in chubby plastic.

I forget to mention : 0,3 Megapixel, Entire Glass Single Focus Lens, F. NO=1.8 (waaooow), Focal Distance F= 6.0 (I think, it's hard to get anything sharp with such a combination.)

N°270 : Casio QV-10A

Casio QV-10A
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

I always asked myself why rotating lenses are good for?

Ok, for the point and shoot with the viewer, Ok, for the waist-level viewer, Ok, for the point and view screen,...

But with rotating screens or lenses, you get, if you are acrobatic, an endless of possible combinations of body and camera for shooting, that can beat the Kamasutra!

N°269 : Wrong Design : Chinon Micro 35 EF

Wrong Design : Chinon Micro 35 EF
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Nice and compact, with the funny plastic door to uncover the lens...but...

If you are right-handed, you probably want to hold the camera on its right side, to press the shutter aswell...but...

...your fingers will cover the flash...

Maybe designed for users with a two-fingers right hand.

N°268 : Dixons Disc 5000

Dixons Disc 5000
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Flapping out the plastic cover to find a two lenses disc-camera.

Dixons is a british reseller of consumer electronics.

N°267 : Konex Burgerking

Konex Burgerking
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Very tastefull combination. 110 film.

N°266 : Toma M-616

Toma M-616
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

How to fit a motor, a flash, batteries, and an expositionmechanism with electronics, in a camera,...make it loooong!

Owners of Lomo LCA, could be jealous on this one, the Toma has 2 bright red leds in the viewer indicating that the flash is ready and that the exposition is correct.

N°265 : Revueflex, Zenit 3M for Export.

Revueflex, Zenit 3M for Export.
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Export version and identical to the Zenit 3M. No cyrillcs here. It was the cold war. This one comes with the Helios 44, Industar vesion also made.

N°264 : Kodak Retinette F

Kodak Retinette F
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Found at " La braderie de Lille", this camera has the inscrition "Made in Germany" on his back and has a french-made lens, probably a past- WWII-collaboration. Notice that the metal of the frontpanel is oxidised by the years. Surely not made by the Krupp-factory. The french were well know as rusty-car builders in the past.

N°263 : Voigtlander Vito B

Voigtlander Vito B
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Nice and compact, Skopar mounted Voightlander. Funny pose-counter with inverse numbers on top of the lens, it counts also in reverse.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

N°262 : Leica M8 pimped with a heavy and dirty Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 4/25

Leica M8 pimped with a heavy and dirty Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 4/25
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Nothing wrong with the Leica M8, just added a M42 to Leica M adapter and the Flektogon on top. The interesting thing about this combo is that the large and unframed viefinder of the Leica nearly matches the field of view, of the Flektogon. The annoying thing is that the viewfinder is half-masked by the huge lens. The lens is dusty and infected with fungus, tried several time to dismantel the lens for a good clean, but didn't succeed, the front is loose, but I can't screw it entirely out of the body of the lens.

N°261 : Agfa ePhoto307

Agfa ePhoto307
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

From 1994, the price was around 399 Euro, stills with a resolution of 640x480, 1 ram internal memory with a storagecapacity of 36 pics. The lens is from glass!

N°260 : Olympus Camedia C2500

Olympus Camedia C2500
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

1999, 2.3 Megapixels, 36-110 zoom, smartmedia or campactflash memorycards, funny 2 eyed infrared autofocus below the lens., true bridge with TTL vision, with a nice display showing several functions, the APM-modes are selectable, beside the inbuild flash, there is a flash-shoe for additonal ones;

N°259 : Kodak DC 120

Kodak DC 120
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Kodak has always had a passion for boxes, here is the digital version of it. All is packed in : zoom, autofocus, exposition, cardreader, it's a true TTL, with a small screen and accepts compactflash cards, the price was around 800 Euro 1998. 1.2 Megapixel.

Monday, 1 August 2011

N°258 : Yashica A

Yashica A
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

The japanese response to the succes of the german Rollei's and Rolleicords. The Yashica A, basic and rather nicely build copy. Simple tlr with separate filmwinder and shutter-clocking, a bit confusing when, for one or another reason, you forget to rewind and clock the mechanism, you get double exposure, you rewind but you forget to clock, you miss 'l'instant décisif".

Thanks to Pascal Blondiau to remind me, I have this one, in my collection.

N°257 : Petri TTL

Petri TTL
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

This a bit dull looking Petri TTL could be mistaken for a Praktica. The lens is probably a Yashica clone, and the big ring on the front is for the battery. I'm not very enthousiast for this baby, some cameras needs something special sometimes,...

N°256 : Haking Junior G

Haking Junior G
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Well made copy of a rangefinder completely in plastic. It has a copy chrome, copy metal body, copy glass lens, copy leatherette, the glue that holds the leatherette to the body is not copy but from bad quality.

N°255 : Samsung ECX 1

Samsung ECX 1
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

At the site of Sylvain Halgand, they call it a mix between Mickey Mouse and Dart Vader.

This Samsung beast has won the TIPA -award (Technical Image Press Association) 1994/95.

Designed by F. Porche, but who the hell is he? Have a look :

For the rest, it's a many buttons and functionality things, at the end you maybe forget to shoot some pics with it. A bit like the Iphone, most of the time consumers doesn't use it as a phone...

N°254 : Halina Simplette Electric

Halina Simplette Electric
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Rather robust metal build, funny flashrefector on top. It uses 126 cartridges. This is Chinese made, and there is an inscription that's stipulated the use of KODAPAK cartridges, probably a copy of Kodak film. Not sure the Selenium-meter is real or fake! The lens is hard-coated(?).

N°253 : Photina Reflex TLR

Photina Reflex TLR
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Very German-style TLR, high quality material, perfect and angular, whitout any mistake or decorations. Clear viewer and a funny mechanical system that rotates the 2 lenses for focussing.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

N°252 : Petri MF 101

Petri MF 101
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

The camera is more Chinon, Pentax or Cosina related then a real Petri. The lens has a PK-mount and is very similar to some Cosina lenses with this lensmount. Petri went bankrupt and probably couldn't make cameras by themself and let the production to other companies .

N°251 : Ifoco Noname

Ifoco Noname
Originally uploaded by ishoothorizon

Ifoco is a reseller of various photographic equipment, and not a specific cameramaker. This Hong Kong-made camera is rather well-build with a glossy chrome body. I think the overall design is similar to other cameras like some Chinons, Konica's,...probably coming from the same factory.