Sorting through pictures is a slow process. Besides two full CD-r’s and a small handful of Compact Flash cards filled, there’s also 13 rolls of film still at the developer’s.
Here’s a quick selection:
Welcome to the newest member of the family, a Canon QL17, a.k.a. Canonet GIII. It’s a 1970’s rangefinder camera, with a 40mm/1.7 lens — sometimes called a ‘poor man’s Leica’.
It’s gorgeous. Although the case is pretty knackered, the camera itself is in pristine condition – no scratches at all. It was recently serviced and the seller threw in a new battery and a rubber ring to make it fit (the original mercury batteries are no longer made). It works completely manually too.
Canonet deserves to go on holidays with me, but although it is quite small, it’s heavy enough to kill a large man. Hmm. Maybe that’s an extra reason to bring it.
Check out my flickr photostream for some black and whites taken by my dad.
A thought that’s been going through my head a lot recently (which I should cherish and investigate — shallow as my everyday existence tends to be) is that everybody has their ‘prime’ time. Some hit it in their twenties, others in their thirties or later. I think I made a pretty good kid and kept it together in my teens and tweens. I don’t think I’m very succesful so far at being an adult.
Sat on Nieuwmarkt for a while this afternoon, testing my new lens. You can see more Nieuwmarkt pictures at Flickr.com . (And some from Oosterpark a few hours later.) Well pleased with this lens – good colours and contrast, auto focus is fast. It hasnt gone (too) soft on me yet. At 60 euro, this was a bit of a bargain.
It’s been a while since I shot with anything larger than a 28-105mm, so it took a few minutes getting used to the freaky enlargement. It definitely feels like cheating.
While I was sitting at the foot of De Waag sneaking shots of people, a guy came over to say hello. I recognised him, but had forgotten his name: an intern I worked with close to ten years ago – probably one of the first interaction design students in the country. Turns out he is working at De Waag (‘society for old and new media’) now. Good on him.
(probably taken with a Voigtlander Vitomatic)
Today’s challenge at Photo Friday is ‘mother’ (which seems a little tired after ‘father’ a few weeks ago, but anyway). I only have one picture I took of my mother and grandparents when I was 11 or so, and I can’t find it. I’ve no other shot that fits, so I’m not competing in the challenge. But I’ll honour the theme with this shot that my father must have taken. Mum with red bag, me with white hat and toy camera. With apologies for the quality, I really need a better scanner. (Click to enlarge)
Got my hands on that Yashica T4 Super I mentioned earlier this week. It’s a bit of a collector’s item because of its excellent Zeiss lens and extra “waist level’ viewfinder. It’s been discontinued and replaced by a slightly inferior ‘zoom’ type model. On E-bay it tends to go 125 – 150 dollars and up. I’m picking mine up tomorrow for half that pice.
It’ll be a great companion while travelling as I do not plan to bring the Ixus. Shlepping one charger around for the 300d is quite enough.