Zorki 4

My Zorki 4 arrived in my mail last week.  Was packed quite securely.

This camera is an interesting one.  It has no light meter, fully manual and has interchangeable lens.  It’s an LTM screwed on mount.

Unlike my Yashica GSN, because it has no light meter, I had to guess my exposure setting.  Being a newbie, that resulted in a few washout over exposed shots.  Well…. not a few, but almost half of my first roll went that way.  I adopted the Sunny 16 rule during Kyeron’s recent swimming trip, but either I did something wrong, or what, but all my shots were over exposed.  Nevermind, I’ll try again.

Here’s a few pictures from my first and second roll with it.  Took it when Natty had her ballet lessons @ i12.

Here are some shots taken from home where the light was much better.

More to come, as I’m sending my other 2 rolls for processing today.  On recommendation from a fellow Clubsnap member, there’s another film developing shop at Burlington Square by the name of Triple D Minilab Centre, which is much cheaper than Konota.

Yashica GSN

So i went for our honeymoon to Hokkaido, and I was chatting with a fellow hobbyist, and he introduced me to cheap film Rangefinders.  Ever since being poisoned by the Leica M9, I was determine to get a cheap Rangefinder to try it out.  So the tour Kaki recommended me the Russian Zorki.

So when I came back, I googled and searched.  From Russian Rangefinders like Zorki, Fed and Kiev, to Japanese Rangefinders like Canon QL 17, Konica Auto S2/S3, and Yashica GSN.  Then I set a budget not exceeding a 200 bucks, and went on eBay to check it out.

Found a great Yashica GSN, and bought it for about S$120.  I just love the look of the Yashica.  I knew it would be slightly heavy, but hey, my 5DM3 ain’t a feather too.  I also bought a Zorki 4 for about S$80 bucks.  I wanted to try a full manual interchangeable lens camera hence the Zorki 4.

So, the Yashica GSN arrived last week and I couldn’t wait to run a few rolls in it, well, that is if I know how to.

Here’s a look at my Yashica GSN.  (By the way, you do know in the current Spiderman 2012 movie, Peter Parker was using the Yashica GSN as shown here)..  It came with the Sunpac Auto 101 flash kit.

So went over to Peninsula to recee and tried Konota.  Heard some good reviews from Clubsnap and the guy I spoke to was very friendly.  I was a super noob and he was patient in his explaination, on what is slide and negative, and what is Velvia slide.  He recommended me to try out ISO 400 films first as it was easier if I had under expose my shots.

So I bought a Kodak 200, 400 and a 400 B&W as I always love to shoot in B&W.  Hey, if I can’t get a Leica M Monochrome, at least I can get a roll of B&W to act like one yeah ?  Ok Ok, don’t start on the M Monochrome’s sensor not being sensitive to color, hence B&W is much sharper etc.  I know that stuff… well, sort off.

Because the camera supports the olden mercury battery, and no one else will sell it now for fear of poisoning oneself, I bought a battery adaptor from Yashica Guy, so that I can use a common current battery, but it does seem to take AGES for it to arrive hence I am force to shoot at 1/500 for now and it arrived finally.  Initially had some problems with it, but managed to get it to work perfectly.  With the adaptor, all I need is a 4LR44 battery together with the adaptor and it will work.  You can also use 4 small LR44 batteries too.  I reckon it’s the same.  How do I know ?  Erm .. well….  one is 4LR44, and the other is 4 x LR44….  so……..  hhm……

Anyway, so I tried to insert my first roll in (which was the 400). Can’t be that hard can it?  Make sure the holes get into the teeth, wind, and that’s it.  right ?  Anyway, tried for 20 mins, and just couldn’t get it to wind in.  Went over to P&G Photographic Centre and spoke to a Mr Andrew.  I told him i couldn’t get my film in and perhaps it was missing a part.  He opened it and told me I didn’t do it properly, and showed me how to.  I did everything right, but missed the most important step, which is to clip the film into the holder before you wind.  ARGHHH !!!!….  Anyway, so I did it finally, and here’s my virgin few shots, which must definetely be the ever gorgeous missus. (All photos are directly scanned by Konata, and I did not do any post processing.)

We had dinner at the awesome Orchard Yong Tau Fu.  Trust me, it’s one of the best Yong Tau Fu you can find in Singapore.

Here are some sample of lovely Cara, my youngest one.  Love the bokeh of the f1.7.

Then my second girl came along, and wanted to join in.  Here are some shots of Natasha and Cara.

Pity the last picture was not sharp.  Still struggling with the Rangefinder as it was quite hazy.  Would probably get it CLA with P&G.

Wasn’t too impress with the 4-Base scanning, hence bought a second hand Epson V330 so hopefuly, it can do better.

Hope I can do better with the B&W currently loaded in the GSN.  Still waiting for my Zorki 4.  Hopefully I can get it by this week.

I too hope I can get more Hokkaido images up by the coming week too.

Barton 1972

Just bought a strap for the x100.  I never liked to use straps.  On my 5DM3, i do not use straps as I find them too cumbersome.  Also, the grip of the camera is really very secured, and hence feel not necessary.

However, the x100 feels slightly less secure in my palm.  I do not like the strap that came with it.  I’ve been to Steve Huff’s site, and love the straps he bought for his M9.  It’s actually from this shop in HK called Barton 1972.  Really got nice straps, so bought one.

Once it arrives will take a photo of it with the x100.

Yes, even though the x100 is on loan from a friend, but if I do buy it, at least I have the strap ready.  If I don’t I can use it on my 5dm3 then.  haha.

So after ordering from Barton 1972 on 3 July, it arrived yesterday, 11th July, about 8 days later, which is quite decent.

Here are some images of the strap.

Packaging was simple.  Delivered in bubble wrap with a nice postcard.  The strap feels really excellent.  It’s definetely made of high quality leather, and the braids really made it look very nice.  Most importantly, it stretches, so if you’re carrying a camera with long lens it takes the strain away from your neck and back.  Really good buy.  Final picture with MY x100 now.  I bought it from that friend of mine.