Pocket rocket. :)
Great fun, for those young enough to still have supple limbs. ;)
Or midgets….oh, dear…..
A new favorite toy. The Olympus body cap lens, so called because it does serve as a body cap, but with a very simple 3 element lens in it. 9mm thick, weighs nothing. Yet can take some nice shots, crisp in the center, soft in the corners, but pleasing nonetheless. Set to hyper focal and fire away at lightning speed. A seriously fun toy!
My friend Dennis’ pristine TVR. About 15 coats of specialist wax, to the point where it almost glows
Damn fast and loud as well.
I have developed a taste for Soviet rangefinders over the last few years, and tried just about every model & lens!
I sold them after a while, and moved on to another one. But I promised myself that when I find “The One”, I will keep it and use it and never sell it.
I had a mint Kiev4—almost made it.
A Zorki 1960s early export model. Very nice, but…
I bought the Industar 61 out of interest for its lanthanum “radio active ” class which made it one of the sharpest ever lens, , and not just in Russia!
And a few weeks back, I found exactly what I was looking for :)
A FED 3, pure and simple, shutter speed , aperture, film, wind on lever, and crisp rangefinder. Madi the mid 1960s, just like me. :) Nothing missing, nothing more wanted. And it had just been CLA’d and was as smooth as a Swiss watch. The haptics were perfect, everything about it sings…
So, this is the One. The end of the searching, which has been fun, and the start of making some nice pictures with a precise camera which is a joy to use, and a lens so sharp it slices light into particles. :) Happy, very happy.
Random shot of office space in a then not completed building.
I like the natural symmetry. Completely empty, nobody at all around. Feeling of isolation.
I posted a while back this Leica ball head, about which I had scant information.
Fortunately Leica Shop Vienna, source of all Leica wisdom, managed to get as close as possible to an answer. Enough for me to be satisfied anyway. :)
It is a model TGOON, made probably mid 1940s. As I remember reading, the Germans were otherwise engaged at that period of time, and so this was actually made by Leitz in their New York factory. Confusingly it is “not so rare” but “not common also”. I would speculate that there are very few of them in this superb condition.
So, a Leitz TGOON, made in the USA, not many of them around, built in the mid40s, and that is also why it is attached to an Eastman Kodak, also made in Rochester, USA, to form a pretty unique mini tripod.
I have no intention of selling it, although the Leica Shop did give me an estimate , but will continue to use this precision made piece of history as was intended.