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Are you ready for ICCD 2019?
Old 04-26-2019   #1
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Are you ready for ICCD 2019?

International Commie Camera Day 2019 is for a whole month this year!


So grab your FSU gear, burn some film (or make digital images with a lens mated to a mirrorless camera) for the 31 days of May, then post your photos here, and join the Flickr ICCD group to post them there also.


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Old 04-26-2019   #2
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The whole month of May? Shouldn't be too hard.

I use my 1957 Jupiter-3 rather frequently all year round.

I use one of my Industar-22/Fed-50/Industar-10 type lenses occasionally.

Rarely use my Jupiter-12 or Jupiter-8. But perhaps during ICCD month .

I never use my Industar-61 LD. It might be fine optically, but a total dog in build and usability. Unpleasant to use in any situation. I'm too lazy to get rid of a it (and takes up little space in the cabinet).

FSU bodies? Sure. I find the Fed-3 is a dead-simple, dead-reliable (yes, reliable) film body for field-work adventures. Last time it was laser scanning the rocky intertidal zone. Time before that cliff-side vegetation sampling, and before that radio-tracking birds in wetlands. The Fed-3 is so simple and robust I only worry about keeping it mostly dry and free of dust/muck. I dont abuse or neglect it, but I don't have to baby it. Works well with a variety of lenses (FSU and others).
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I should try to get my Zorki or FED 2 used now in May, then. The rest of the bunch of FSU bodies I have have (worse) problems, a FED 3, Zorki 4 and Zorki 6. The main issue might be to process my films, it is now (again) about 3-4 years since I did that last.

For lenses I have a Jupiter 8, 11 and 12, a FED and some Industars 26, 50 and 61 Zebra, but I have not used any of them much the last 10 years, the Jupiters are the better ones of mine, though.
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Am I really prepared for my glasses getting scratched for a whole month
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Cool, I'll have to load some film in my Zorki-4. I like using the old tank!
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I've got a half finished roll in my Zorki 4 that I started during Red Oktober, so I'm ready for ICCD
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Yes, ready. I hope that the weather cooperates.��

Thanks for the reminder.

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At least you remembered you have that film left over, Colton, unlike myself who forgot to unload the camera until last month.


This years featured camera will be a FED-3 that the coverings were painted primer red. Looks a lot better than it sounds. But the back had a missing latch, so I replaced that with a back off a Zarya, so it's now half primer-half black.


Someone had mis-loaded the film by rolling the leader onto the spool in the wrong direction, and when they wound the camera it forced the film to buckle and slide under the film advance sprockets where it jammed the whole works up solid. I had to use a razor knife to cut the film loose enough to remove it from behind the sprocket shaft.


I'll also be using a Zorki-1e, and Zorki-6. The 1e has an I-22 I cleaned up, and the 6 is wedded to a J-12. The FED-3 came with an I-61 L/D that is twenty-seven years newer than the camera, so I'll swap it mid-roll with a I-26M I have to see what the difference is in IQ. I may have a film transport issue with the Z-1e, still have to check it out first.


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If it matches the theme of camera "Tourist" (KLAPP camera circa 1937, Industar 7, rollfilm 60 mm, 6x9)?
Or just rangefinder cameras?
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It will be the Zorki 5 with Industar-22 for me (if they work long enough). I have six rolls of Orwo NP20 left, that expired in October(!) 1990. Maybe I can squeeze some pictures out of them.
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1958 Zorki-4 and Jupiter-12 ready to go...


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If it matches the theme of camera "Tourist" (KLAPP camera circa 1937, Industar 7, rollfilm 60 mm, 6x9)?
Or just rangefinder cameras?

FSU anything. Rangefinder, SLR, Medium format, Large format, heck, maybe you have one of those 16mm movie cams. Just as long as it was manufactured before Jan 1, 1992.


But most folks here limit it on their own to rangefinders.


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FSU anything. Rangefinder, SLR, Medium format, Large format, heck, maybe you have one of those 16mm movie cams. Just as long as it was manufactured before Jan 1, 1992.


But most folks here limit it on their own to rangefinders.


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I don't know, maybe Google translated it wrong. 16 mm MOVIE camera there is - Krasnogorsk 3, and the film on ten - fifteen minutes time, removed roughly 91-92 year...
I'll try to digitize - lay.
It is interesting to shoot it on the "Tourist" - not quite repaired, still doing a couple of days.
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No, I'm not ready. May is too busy of a month to add another project. I tried to sell both my FSU cameras just last week, no interest ( I did sell my nice J8 though) so now I have only bodies. You guys are going to have to cover this for me.
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As usual I'm ahead of you all as I've a couple of frames left to shoot in the FED-1 and then I move on to something else as a contrast. perhaps the OM-1 or the X-300...


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Old 05-02-2019   #16
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May 1st, International Workers Day Rally

Here we go. From yesterday:

International Workers Day Rally (May 1st) in Lisbon.
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My first photo from 5/1/19


Untitled by Colton Allen, on Flickr
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Here's another from 5/1/19


Untitled by Colton Allen, on Flickr
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This year I'm using a NEX6 with a black Jupiter 8 lens.

Antique Farm Equipment by Carlos Yashinon, on Flickr

The Jupiter 8 seems to render well on the Sony.

Blacksmith Shop by Carlos Yashinon, on Flickr

Rock Ledge House @ Rock Ledge Ranch by Carlos Yashinon, on Flickr
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Another from my outing on 5/1/19



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FED 50 with Industar 81. Portra 400
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FED 50 with Industar 81. Portra 400

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Here's another from 5/1/19


Untitled by Colton Allen, on Flickr
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I enjoy this picture. Contrasty with a nice touch of color.


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ICCM 2019 was a great excuse to take the FSU cameras out and use them.



Rangefinder Spot by Steven Wagner, on Flickr
Zorki 1, Industar 22, AristaEDU 100, 'Rangefinder Spot'.


Old Church by Steven Wagner, on Flickr
Kiev88. Vega 12b 90mm f/2.8, Kodak Ektar 100, 'Old Church'.


Crossroads by Steven Wagner, on Flickr
FED2, Industar 26m, AristaEDU 100, 'Crossroads'


Reflections of clouds by Steven Wagner, on Flickr
Zorki4M, Jupiter-8, Lomo 100 color negative, 'Reflections'
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Finally getting around to post my ICCD photos.


First two are from an abandoned shoot where I had to retrace my route to avoid an approaching thunderstorm. But before I did, I stopped and took a panoramic of the storm, only to have issues with trying to stitch the image together in PS Elements 2018. That is the last time I buy Elements.


I don't care for cemetery photos, but since I had to park in one to take the panorama shots, I made good use of what light I did have before the storm darkened the whole sky.


Zorki-6, Jupiter-12 35mm 1:3.5, Kodak T-Max 100




New Life by P F McFarland, on Flickr


This three shot panorama did stitch together nicely. The dark area on the right is from a dragging shutter, not the approaching storm.




Serenity Before The Storm by P F McFarland, on Flickr


Much more to come.


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Second camera in the series, this time a FED3 with a much newer I-61 L/D 55/2.8 (1992). I've since gotten a lens that was manufactured much closer to the age of the camera, and will have to do a test to see which one performs better (I'm putting my money on the older lens). Film used was Kodak Tri-X 400.

I picked the Kemper Street Station in Lynchburg, VA since it was the place I photographed for my first participation in ICCD, and I always wanted to see what a better lens than the I-22 could do. But since my I-61 is a post-Soviet build, it reflects the lack of quality associated with the time.


Waiting by P F McFarland, on Flickr

19 more new pics at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGxYxVP

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Here is a comparison between an Industar-61 L/D, and Jupiter-12. The I-61 is a post-Soviet made lens (1992), and has very little contrast. I had no idea how the lens was because I got the camera too close to ICCD to check it out first. I later swapped it out for a Jupiter-8, and the difference was just amazing (those photos to come later).

Goode, VA was a water stop on the old Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W, NW), and there isn't much there now but about six houses, and a couple of run down commercial buildings.

FED3, Industar-61 L/D 55/2.8, Kodak Tri-X 400

Goode General Store 2 by P F McFarland, on Flickr

Zorki-6, Jupiter-12 35/3.5, Kodak T-Max 100

Goode General Store 7 by P F McFarland, on Flickr

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An interesting thread. When I lived in the former USSR, my local photography friends offloaded their Russian gear in a great hurry. Nice to see that you have found some use for it.
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Thanks about the reminder (about ICCD); I just finished a roll in my Zorki. I should develop it tonight or tomorrow instead of waiting for the rolls in some other cameras to finish. That might take another month!
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Here is a comparison between an Industar-61 L/D, and Jupiter-12. The I-61 is a post-Soviet made lens (1992), and has very little contrast. I had no idea how the lens was because I got the camera too close to ICCD to check it out first. I later swapped it out for a Jupiter-8, and the difference was just amazing (those photos to come later).


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Interesting. I've used 3 different Industar-61 lenses, 2 of which were very sharp and contrasty, but one had terribly low contrast. I asked a friend who fixes cameras about that one lens and he said that it may have been assembled wrong. According to what he said, it's not difficult to get one the elements in reversed, and that could cause the low contrast. I don't know how likely it is that's the issue, but I know that the Industar-61 is usually considered a contrasty lens from everything I've read and my experience with the good copies that I have used.
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Interesting. I've used 3 different Industar-61 lenses, 2 of which were very sharp and contrasty, but one had terribly low contrast. I asked a friend who fixes cameras about that one lens and he said that it may have been assembled wrong. According to what he said, it's not difficult to get one the elements in reversed, and that could cause the low contrast. I don't know how likely it is that's the issue, but I know that the Industar-61 is usually considered a contrasty lens from everything I've read and my experience with the good copies that I have used.
The way I understand it, lenses made after the collapse of the Soviet Union were hastily made just to get production numbers up as the price fell. I've seen where other folks who have one of the post-Soviet lenses have the same issues. This lens doesn't exhibit the reversed element effects you would get if that was the case.

But I have another one that came in later on a FED2, Colton, and is much closer in age to the FED3. So one day I'm going to gather up all my FSU fifties, and give them a proper comparison test.

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Stayed up late last night and developed my film.

"Ford vs. Chevy". Zorki-4, CV 21mm/f4, Ilford Delta 100, Rodinal 1:50




"We See You". Zorki-4, Jupiter-12 35mm/f2.8, Ilford Delta 100, Rodinal 1:50

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Nine more photos posted to Flickr, with two examples here. (Note: It may take a little while more before the photos are permanently embedded in the Album, they seem to keep disappearing)

First up, I switched the lens on the FED3 from the I-61 L/D to a Jupiter-8, and it was quite a difference.


Buckets by P F McFarland, on Flickr

Then, the Zorki-1e with an I-22

Scratched Cat by P F McFarland, on Flickr

Still more to come.

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At 47 images, and yet still more to come. Here's two of seven uploaded today.


Zorki-1e, I-22, Ilford Delta 100



Need A Watering Can? by P F McFarland, on Flickr





Marker Of Time by P F McFarland, on Flickr


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Last two examples.



Nearing The End Of The Road by P F McFarland, on Flickr


Calling by P F McFarland, on Flickr


It's hard to believe "Red Oktober" is in nine days! I hope it doesn't take me as long to get those photos posted.


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