Saturday, September 1, 2012

Photos from the Zeiss-Ikon Ikoflex

And it's once again been a while since I updated. I've had a lot of work things to deal with so I've been lacking in both spare time and motivation, but things seem to have settled down for now.
One of the first things on my todo list was to try out the vintage camera I picked up a while back. It's a Zeiss-Ikon Ikoflex, I think it's an Ikoflex I but I'm not sure. They apparently both used the same model number for different cameras, and had multiple styles with the same model number. Regardless, it likely dates from 1939-1951 and the lever focus makes me think it's on the earlier side of that range.
The good news is it still works! I like that it takes 120 film instead of the 620 that my other vintage cameras take so I don't have to respool film for it. It's metal which makes it much sturdier as well, but it's also a lot heavier (while looking for Ikoflex info I came across a site that listed "Dimensions and weight: A brick", which is pretty accurate). I went to the local waterfront park, I use that a lot to try out new cameras since it's close by and has good lighting. I didn't spend a lot of time composing the pictures since I wasn't sure if it even worked, but a few came out kinda nice anyway.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Philadelphia, Day Two

Day two was less exciting than day one. My mom and I were both pretty tired and it was pouring rain so we didn't do as much. First we crossed to New Jersey and went to the aquarium there. I didn't take a lot of pictures since it was pretty dark inside.

Bridge to Philadelphia, from NJ


We also went to see the old Christ Church burial ground where Benjamin Franklin is buried, and the Betsy Ross house (which didn't allow pictures inside)

And one random picture I took of some buildings.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Philadelphia, Day One

Over Mother's Day weekend, I took a trip to Philadelphia with my mom. It was a somewhat short notice trip due to scheduling concerns so we needed to pick somewhere fairly nearby. As a kid I really loved Revolutionary War history (this was one of my favorite childhood movies) so I'd always wanted to go to Philadelphia to see Independence Hall and the other historical sites. It's probably less exciting as an adult then it would have been when I was younger but I still had fun - except for the Liberty Bell which was boring.

One thing I love about historical districts is all the trees and old buildings, it's so easy to walk around thinking of the people who've lived and passed through there over the years and wondering what their lives were like.

I used the Holga lens for my Nikon a lot again, it's really grown on me. The rest of the photos are on flickr.