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The Bellows



The Bellows, originally uploaded by ABMann.

Did I mention that we found a metric crap ton of cameras at the antiques mall?

Well. We found a metric crap ton of cameras. Mostly Kodak models – 4 or so Brownie Hawkeyes, another 6 Brownies, a handful of later 35mm Kodak models – like this impressively clean and well-kept number.

[info]Alyska collects them and, while she does the inspection, I take pictures.

I love this sort of photography. And I’m jonesing for some straight street now that we’re getting to the dwindling part of winter.

Did I also mention that I entered a contest to win an M9? It is my ultimate camera and I’ll never afford one without some sort of insane tax magic, massive inheritance, bank robbery or space invaders.


The Bellows

The Bellows

The Bellows

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karn From: karn Date: January 13th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice! I may need to do a camera raid and pick up a camera or two at some point.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 13th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you near Columbus, Wi?
karn From: karn Date: January 13th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm in Sun Prairie so it's not that bad of a drive to Columbus.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 13th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
OH SNAP. I didn't realize you were that close.

I think I need to organize a photo walk for all the new photographers I'm finding near Madison. :)

Any good places to shoot in Sun Prairie?
alyska From: alyska Date: January 14th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! No stealing my cameras! (at least, not the ones I want to buy with the fictional money I don't even have. Meh!)

I did end up with a few Duaflexes on that trip. Now I just need to re-roll some 120 onto the 620 spools, and mayhaps I can go out and shoot some..
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 13th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please discuss the relationship between space invaders and your camera purchase.

Are you some kind of intergalactic gigolo?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 13th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, people would go crazy and I could steal one before the end of the world!
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 13th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
What if people go crazy and start hording them because in the post end of the world the economy is run on camera lenses?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 13th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen my recent exercise regimen? I'm going to be beastly strong soon and can punch them until they give me the goods.
alyska From: alyska Date: January 14th, 2011 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
There's a vaguely clever Hannibal Chew/Batty/Cyberpunk reference involving Zeiss Ikon Eyes somewhere in here.

"If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes.."
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 14th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: January 13th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious about how the ball-bearing system works. Or if it's just a fancy term for the aperture ring we use now for modern lenses only much, much larger.

Also, this is off-topic but your lady fox friend would probably appreciate this.
alyska From: alyska Date: January 14th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Common on early Kodak cameras, the Ball Bearing shutter appeared when Kodak wanted to become more independent from suppliers of shutters and lenses like Bausch & Lomb. Most cameras of that era had a Kodak shutter with a B&L lens or vice-versa.

The Ball Bearing Shutter is a five-blade leaf shutter that relies on spring tension for speed control. It often comes with choice between two or three instant speeds plus bulb and time mode. It has a screw mount for a remote cable.

The problem with these is that once the spring goes sproing, the shutter timings are inaccurate, making them pretty useless until the spring is replaced.

The Ball Bearing shutter is also famous for its odd speed selection scale with the B mode between the first and the second instant speed, and the T mode between the second and the third instant speed.

The shutter unit also contains a ten-blade diaphragm. The aperture scale may be given as U.S. stops, with the 4 equivalent to f-stop f8 and the 64 equivalent to the f-stop f32.


Pretty pictures of a BB shutter being taken apart and explained:
http://pheugo.com/cameras/index.php?page=kodakbb
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: January 14th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
A ha, mucho gracias!
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