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Photo's with Equipment that you are Proud to Own.
Old 10-26-2009   #1
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Photo's with Equipment that you are Proud to Own.

We talked a lot about gear that we like, dislike, could care less about.

So this is for RFF Members. How about some Photographs TAKEN with the gear that you are proud to own.

I'm proud of this 1953 J-3. It was a mess when I got it. Rebuilt it, and replaced the front element with on made 30 years later. Reset the helical, shimmed the optics, works quite well now.



And if you are not proud of anything, you can always start a thread "Photo's with gear that you could care less about". I might do that Myself, to beat you to it....
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Old 10-26-2009   #2
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I am proud of all my rangefinders

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Old 10-26-2009   #3
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hmmm......I am not proud to own any of my equipment, and honestly I could not care less about any of it either even though it's good stuff from the top manufacturers. So long as it keeps working. Oh, and of course I would not want any of it stolen because i'd have the expense of replacing it. OK, I'm happy I can afford good equipment but that's about where it ends.....
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Old 10-26-2009   #4
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Pride in owning seems a bit err... not really relevant, to put it mildly.
I am proud of some pictures, and am lucky enough to have nice gear that I like to use.
Brian, I think I understand completely you pride, because you rescued this lens. It's your work you are proud of, not the owning.
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Old 10-26-2009   #5
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It's not a rangefinder but I'm very proud to use the same 1954 Rolleicord my father bought new right after he'd got his first paid job. This photo is one of the first ones that I shot with the camera. I barely knew how to operate it at the time having used fully automatic digital wonders for many years.

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I rarely use it but I am quite proud of my Rolleiflex 3.5E. The camera doesn't look like a shelf-queen but is fully functional. This photo is one of my favorites taken with it:



f/8.0 and 5 minutes exposure on 400VC
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I took this shot with an old Kodak Vigilant 620 that my daughter brought me as a gift from England. She spotted it in an antique shop and thought I'd like it. I don't use the camera much, but always cherish it because of her gesture.

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There are several pieces of gear that I am very "proud" of owning, in the sense that I still give them the use they deserve, however I feel this one is a most remarkable accomplishment in modern photography and still a standard to beat: Hasselblad SWC/M with its 38/4.5 Biogon

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Old 10-27-2009   #9
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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:



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I have a few that I'm proud of owning and using..

500CM that my wife used while working as a portrait photog.


Rolleiflex 2.8 Planar


Leica M3 that my wife bought for me at christmas one year, a 'beater' by anyones standards but it holds some sentimental value.


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Old 10-29-2009   #11
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There are several pieces of gear that I am very "proud" of owning, in the sense that I still give them the use they deserve, however I feel this one is a most remarkable accomplishment in modern photography and still a standard to beat: Hasselblad SWC/M with its 38/4.5 Biogon

Stunning photo, mfogiel! I see quite a lot of very nice photos from your posts. You obviously have skills. I think part of your success is whatever technique you're using for scanning. Your photos always display fairly large on my screen, and usually with very fine grain. If you'd care to enlighten us, I'd love to hear.
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Old 10-30-2009   #14
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Konica Auto S2. It was very clean when I got it, but it still needed a bit of work. I fixed the meter circuit and the frame counter, and tuned the infinity and rangefinder focus.

The KAS2 is a fabulous, magical camera.





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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:



Beautiful...
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@ crawdiddy

My scanning strategy is based on 3 pillars:
1- I try to use high acutance, compensating developers, possibly pyro, like Prescysol EF (great with Tri X) or Tanol Speed (processed in semi stand like Prescysol EF gives great results with slower films, enhancing a bit the speed). This way I get great sharpness at the negative stage and less need to sharpen in PS
2- I use Nikon CS 9000, whenever practical with the glass film holder for best film flatness. Apparently the diffuse light of this scanner minimizes grain
3- I use Vuescan for scanning, making a preview of each image and making sure there is no histogram clipping. If the film is too dense and clips the highlights, I scan as positive
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Post some photo's taken with the Kodak Pony. They would fit right into the purpose of this thread. I'll put some up with my Hi-Matic 9, spent an entire Summer mowing lawns to earn it. Still in good working order after 40 years.
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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:




Beautiful. Thks for sharing this.
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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:



Fantastic.
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Old 10-30-2009   #20
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My Crown Graphic ... I love the look and feel of the thing and getting an image takes patience and routine. To me it's the most 'real' camera I own!






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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:



Wow! "Not every day" indeed. Thanks for sharing, Santiago!
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I'm proud of my Pentax 6x7. I use it with care and I am careful with it. Even though it is a brute to pack around, it is my favorite:

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I'm proud of my Canon P and Canon 50/1.5:





I'm proud of my M2 and Rokkor-M 40/2:

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I am most proud when I can take any camera I have at my disposal and make something of value, which would many and few...

Santiago, thanks for sharing.

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WOW.

Thanks for sharing.

I can feel tears in my eyes looking at this.


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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:



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That's really great, micromontenegro.
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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:



Same camera, same person, same location. This is beautiful.
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I get your drift, Brian...

I am very proud of owning my late dad's Contax over the last 25 years. It is not everyday that you get to do this with the same camera and lens, 56 years apart:



really nice. I admit I'd be tempted to retake that shot with the same framing and work on the color tones to get a new 'version' of it. There is a shot from me and a cousin we took when around 4 or 5, we then had it retaken when we were around 18. now that we are 27, maybe we should take a new one hehe
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I am proud of the M2 and DR Cron that were my introduction to the rangefinder experience.
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Konica Auto S2. It was very clean when I got it, but it still needed a bit of work. I fixed the meter circuit and the frame counter, and tuned the infinity and rangefinder focus.

The KAS2 is a fabulous, magical camera.





Wow, where was the first photo taken? That looks amazing!
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Fed-2 with Industar-26m:


The reason for me being proud of this camera is that I spent quite a long time fixing and tuning it.

The colours in this one are a bit strange beacause it is from my experimental roll: Fuji Superia X-tra 400 that I sent to be developed in E-6.

One more thing: I had lots of help from people at RFF when fixing the camera (from a thread where I asked some questions and from other threads like some great tutorials on fixing FSU cameras etc.). So, thanks everyone!

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Here are a couple from one of the Bessamatics that I have restored.
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I wouldn´t say I´m proud to own anything. I´m proud of some of my accomplishments, like my children for instance.

However, if I was to choose a piece of gear I´m very happy with and would probably not ever want to let go, it would be the R-D1. I just like taking pictures with it, colour or B+W, doesn´t matter.

Colours (unsaturated) w/CV 28/f1.9 Ultron


B+W w/M-Hexanon 90/f2.8
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I didn´t mean to kill off this thread. I understand pride in ownership, I just enjoy ownership more than I take pride in it.
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Wow - the three-pole photo made me stop and look for a while. You are the real deal. Great image.
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There are several pieces of gear that I am very "proud" of owning, in the sense that I still give them the use they deserve, however I feel this one is a most remarkable accomplishment in modern photography and still a standard to beat: Hasselblad SWC/M with its 38/4.5 Biogon

Well, I know that I will remember it. A wonderful image.
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There are several pieces of gear that I am very "proud" of owning, in the sense that I still give them the use they deserve, however I feel this one is a most remarkable accomplishment in modern photography and still a standard to beat: Hasselblad SWC/M with its 38/4.5 Biogon
Great photo, unfortunately it makes me want a Hasselblad SWC/M even more. I'm curious, how often do you find yourself using the SWC/M? As much as I'd love one, I can't help but think I'd be better off with either a good Nikon or 4x5 ultra-wide angle lens.
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