Iskra Medium Format Camera Review

This extraordinary Russian folding 6 x 6 rangefinder medium format camera, fundamentally inspired on the formidable elite camera Agfa Super Isolette, made between 1954 and 1957 (known as Super Speedex in United States), owes its name to the underground newspaper founded by Lenin in 1900, whose letters in Cyrillic characters appear engraved in red colour and in a prominent size on the front of the camera, just on the block constituted by lens and bellows.

Konica Hexanon 24mm f2.8 AE AR

My favourite focal lenght is 24mm and 85mm due all well known brands have stunning quality lenses in this range. Konica Hexanon 24mm f2.8 is not an exception... Very sharp, render beautiful colors and perfect mach to your m4/3 camera. 2x crop factor sadly make it to normal lens. Lens simple perfect to my eyes. I did try several lens in this focal length, this lens one of the best from all.

The History of Contax

The History of Contax The River Saale still flows through the German industrial town of Jena, home of the Carl Zeiss Foundation. Jena is a town, like the river, that has remained unchanged by the flow of the centuries. It was here, in 1846, that Herr Zeiss began his workshop, making high quality magnifying glasses for the faculty of Jena University. From humble beginnings these Carl Zeiss Works grew into one of the largest and most prestigious optical companies in the world.


Voigtlander Bessa-I repair

The Voigtländer Bessa 1 is a fairly well made 6x9 folding camera.  There is also a somewhat more desirable Bessa 2 that has a built in rangefinder making it an excellent high quality and very portable medium format camera. This particular one came in for a clean up.
First task is deciding whether to work with the lens/shutter assembly in place or remove it. 

Konishiroku Hexanon 35mm f2.8 F mount

Konishiroku Hexanon 35mm f2.8 Konica F mount - One of the first SLR lens made by Konica around 1960 to Konica F mount SLR series like Konica F, Konica FM, Konica FP. First class lens from every aspects , built quality just can't be better. I did expect great image quality due I never dissapointed in any Hexanon lenses. Result was over on my highest expectation just good as than any professional lens what I did ever try, it is perform like Contax Distagon 35mm f1.4 or Nikkor 35mm f1.4.

Koni-Omega back repair

I hope you find it informative and helpful. I have recently acquired a Koni Omega M medium format camera (I explain for those unfamiliar to the camera name). I am in the process of getting it working up to snuff. One of the major problems with it when it arrived was the film advance was sticky. With the help of the Koni guru Greg Webber I have successfully cla'd (cleaned, lubed, adjusted) the film advance clutch on two film backs. I felt I might provide a service to those who are also interested and/or capable of repairing their own film backs. So, I have put together several pictures along with a written description of the steps involved. I will include sources of supply and contact info for Greg Weber (for those not mechanically inclined, wiser than myself, or just scared of doing it themselves) at the end of the tutorial. When time permits I will try to improve this page and include additional information about and photos of the Koni Omega M camera.

Yashica ML 24mm f2.8 Lens Review

I bought this lens because my friend of mine suggest to take me (He has many CZ Distagon lens even the best ones)  he say this lens is good as than Distagon. Lens is very nice looking quality built lens. It has excellent sharpness and color rendering. Easy to focusing and catch the right position. I was so much satisfied with this lens. Out perform many $$$ AF lens for reasonable price. To get it quite rare opportunity , not many people want to sell it , because price/performance ratio one of the best.

Konica Hexanon 35mm f2 EE AR

Bit boring to say always high quality lens , superb built quality. A professional product trully. It makes contrasty , very sharp images. I beleive good as than any other top maker fast lens like Carl Zeiss or Nikon. Little long for Micro 4/3 cameras , but I can live with it. Pretty rare , grab it if you find it.

Koni-Omega 200 review by Michael Liu

Not that I've had much popular acclaim for such a page, but I figured that if I'm going to hang on to the camera for more than a month, I ought to haul it out and use it once in a while, eh?
First Impressions
The camera is big, but not awe-inspiring like the big Speed Graphics of yesteryear. In fact, it's about the same size and weight as my F2/MD-2/MB-1 combination. Granted, the Koni won't feed film through at better than 3 fps, but if you worked on your technique, I'm fairly sure that you could get a top end of 1 fps with the Koni. In fact, I find it remarkable that you can get a negative four times the size (area-wise) of a 35mm neg in such a relatively small space. The Koni is also very sturdily built -- at least the equal of the aforementioned F2, from what I can tell. Of course, I haven't used either of them as hammer- substitutes, so your mileage may, of course, vary. Because the Koni does use a combined range/viewfinder, the view is certainly more crowded than what I'm used to -- frame lines (that move to correct for parallax -- neat!) for the 90 and 180, along with dots for the corners of the 135 lenses.

Zeiss Ikon folder cameras (120)

Zeiss Ikon was founded in 1926 by the merger of Contessa-Nettel, Goerz, Ernemann and Ica, which itself was the product of a merger of Huttig, Krugener, Wunsche, Zulauf and Carl Zeiss Palmos factory. Zeiss Ikon built cameras at all levels of price and features, from the fabled Contax, Contarex and Twin Lens Contaflex cameras that many photographers dreamed of owning, but many could afford, to the simplest box cameras and folding cameras. All were Zeiss top quality construction, some just had more features than others. But as good as they were at designing cameras, they seemed equally unable to efficiently manage their business affairs. All of the parties of the merger brought camera lines with them, and it was difficult to kill off lines that competed with each other. They made too many models, each available with too many lens and shutter combinations. In one year, they had 104 different models in their catalog, with a choice of nearly 1000 combinations of model, format, lens and shutter! The war changed everything. The plant at Dresden was destroyed in the fire bombing by US and British Army.

Vivitar Series 1 90-180mm f4.5 Lens Review

Vivitar  made a number of high quality zooms under the Series I label. The 90mm to 180mm f4.5 flat-field VMC lens from 1978 is an one of them.

This Vivitar 90-180mm f/4.5 lens was really designed for medical photography needs. A ring-light flash unit was designed to mount on the front of this lens too. This original medical market niche explains some of the design features and range of this high quality zoom lens.

This lens is long, and pretty heavy. It produces excellent results in macro-work down to 1:4 at 90mm and to 1:2 at its 180mm setting.

On most modern zoom lenses, macro photography settings are a lower quality setup. Achieving macro capabilities means shifting some elements and so sacrificing some of the zoom's control over spherical and other aberrations.

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