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After much fighting with the scanner and the upload system, I've got 10 shots from the Ansco Speedex Special R in my gallery. Let me know what you all think of them.
What kind of scanner are you using?
In general I think I like your shots from the Iskra better than the ANSCO. It looks like the Iskra performed better, and I think it had better subjects to work with (those Lakeside shots). Good to see photographs taken with classic cameras though. There definately is a difference to the images captured with them compared to the razor sharp, multicoated perfection which is the goal of modern optics.
Received my Special 'R' last week. The rangefinder adjusting wheel was locked tight and the focusing front element was stiff (was advertised as such). Spend 2 hours Sat. disassembling the rangefinder and cleaning and re-lubing it. It is now smooth as silk. Spent 2 hours Sunday disassembling the front focusing element and cleaning and re-lubing. It is also smooth as silk. Still need to work on the shutter; sticks at speeds 1/10 and lower.
Glad to see someone else with one.
William, was this the Speedex Special "R" that was CLA'd? The Apotar should be sharper than what I'm seeing.
Here is an example from an Ansco Speedex Special with an Apotar.
Same photo, but only the clock and building address.
Yes this was the one that was CLA'd. However, I'm more inclined to blame me at this point than it - getting the range, transfering it, and the usual guessing about the stop and shutter. Pluse I think I'm not holding it quite steady enough; the downside of a really light camera.
These were the best of the first few rolls - many others were far worse in terms of EV for example. I'm planning on taking it with me this weekend when I go deer hunting. We'll see what those look like now that I've gotten a bit more practice with it.
Rover, it's a Microtek Scanmaker 4 that I got for $1 because the slide tray had jammed and the surplus shop was going to throw it out. It's not the greatest old flatbed, but I'm not going to be affording a new Epson anytime soon... :(
One other thing I note in looking at these shots is that this lens is very unforgiving of direct sunlight. The "snapshot" would have looked better with the Iskra though I should have moved to my right and turned them about 45 degrees that way. Ah, well, playing and learning daily... :D
William - if you have problems with the exposure guessing, you should use a handheld meter:) I did so, and after some time of use now i can safely judge the daylight exposure... Still have to check the indoors/evening light level, though.
Handheld meters, even low-light ones, can be very cheap - i got mine, a capital d-1, for euro 10 (!) and it works down to EV0, which is veery dark, accurately also.
Daylight I can get reasonably close on. But below about EV 9 - 10, I begin blowing it.
I had a GE PR-1 that was quite a nice old selenium meter, but my two year old managed to bend the indicator needle somehow and it never recovered. I have a bid in on a Gossen Pilot 2 on the Ebay that is still going for a price I can almost afford :eek: I've got 20 hours to go on that , baring snipers... :p
I also thing the Apotar lens is capable of more, even though I was a bit disappointed with my first experinces with the one on my Isolette (bellows pinholes ruining some pictures also had something to do I'm afraid ;))
Keep using it, learn its tips and tricks and try to take advantadge of them when you can.
I'll try to do the same :D
PS: The pilot-2 is a hard to beat everyday meter, good luck with the auction !
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