This is my first posting, after having lurked for several weeks. I recently purchased my first rangefinder from Ebay, a Canonet QL17 GIII. Like many others, I have become intrigued by rangefinders, and the Canon looked like an affordable way to get a taste for how they 'tick'.
Up until about 18 months ago, I had never owned a camera, and my first purchase was a Ricoh GR1s, which I am still extremely pleased with. My desire to branch out from the Ricoh stems simply from a frustration of being limited to one focal length lens. I never really fancied the thought of labouring under the bulk of an SLR, and thanks to CameraQuest and The Luminous Landscape, I became aware of the alternatives. Some extensive Google searching thus brought me here
In any case, I finished my first roll of film yesterday and eagerly set about rewinding it back into its canister. What I somehow missed from the instructions, was the requirement to press that teeny-weeny button on the base of the camera while reqinding! Well, I struggled with that little rewind crank, so much so that I tore the film from its sprockets, and eventually, tore the film itself. Yikes!
Fortunately, the camera store was able to salvage about 2/3's of the shots, some of which I have posted in the gallery. They are simply flatbed scans of prints, with some slight 'Levels' tweaking in Photoshop. I was pleasntly surprised by how they turned out, and while I need to get my focussing technique down, I would like to think I'll have some more fun pics to share with the very inspring community here.
In the coming weeks, expect to see me making some enquiries regarding film scanners amongst other things, and hopefully no more confessions regarding 'operator errors'.