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  • #1594
    Uranus
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    …on a 1950’s Agfa Isolette. Looks almost new, although the shutter tends to stick.
    Bellows are in good nick.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3635/3488672663_0af77f001f_b.jpg
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3621/3488672023_56b79ce5ab_b.jpg
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3402/3488671377_b9e47500f7_b.jpg

    Also, anyone have any idea if there’s still film available?

    #22638
    nobigdeal
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    cool!!
    even if you cant get film anymore I would have stll spent the money

    #22639
    olavf
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    http://www.photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?AgfaIsolette.html~mainFrame

    Looks like it takes 120 film. B&H photo and a host of other places sell that. You can even buy stuff on Amazon, in color or B&W.

    B&H also sells mailers for processing. ~$17USD, and I’d assume someplace across the pond does the same.
    /Been researching 120 film for the Brownie I bought the other weekend.

    #22640
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    SWEET! It looks awesome! I was recently gifted a kinda rough looking German 35mm folding camera that appears to be in decent working order (other than slower shutter speeds; faster ones above 1/10 seem fine), and it’s been a lot of fun to shoot (still working on a roll..we’ll see how it turns out!). That Isolette sure is pretty. If it’s in working order and you only spent ?5, I’d call that a win.

    It probably doesn’t have a meter, so you’ll want one of those, or to use another camera as a meter (though you’ll need to watch what lens you use, since IIRC metering is based on a particular angle of view…the Isolette has a “normal” lens for medium format, which is about the same as 50mm in full frame 35mm or ~35mm lens on a crop factor DSLR). Not sure if it has a coupled rangefinder; if it doesn’t, you’ll need to judge focus based on distance. You can almost certainly find a manual for it online if it didn’t come with one.

    Sweet find–enjoy it!

    #22641
    soosh
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    That’s awesome. I’ve wanted one of those folders for a long time. Here are some of my collection of antique cameras. Some work, some don’t, but I just love to look at them:

    I buy my 120 film from B&H, or look for lots of expired film on ebay. I really love working with expired film, as you never know precisely what you’re going to get. If you have a scanner, try to find a local lab that will just process and not print the film. You’ll save a bundle, and then can scan it and print it yourself.

    #22642
    nobigdeal
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    I buy my 120 film from B&H, or look for lots of expired film on ebay. I really love working with expired film, as you never know precisely what you’re going to get. If you have a scanner, try to find a local lab that will just process and not print the film. You’ll save a bundle, and then can scan it and print it yourself.

    You can also just buy your own developing equipment and chemistry. It;s not very expensive and 120 B&W film is pretty easy to develop.

    #22643
    soosh
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    True. I pretty much only shoot color 120. I haven’t looked into what it would cost me to get the setup to process that.

    #22644
    nobigdeal
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    True. I pretty much only shoot color 120. I haven’t looked into what it would cost me to get the setup to process that.

    I have 5 rolls of 120 that I developed a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately my scanner shit the bed when I went to scan them. 🙁

    Saving up for new scanner now.

    #22645
    olavf
    Participant

    I already promised the wife I’d be doing no such thing. Besides, the garage is half-full of my mini-studio already…

    #22646
    staplermofo
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    What else did you spend ?5 on that day?

    #22647
    Uranus
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    What else did you spend ?5 on that day?

    it was the queen’s birthday, a day on which holland traditionally becomes a huge flea-market of stuff from people’s attics…

    seeing holland is famous for weed and pr0n, you can imagine that it was way more than ?5.-

    #22648
    Uranus
    Participant

    so….shutter leaves back in the right order, and hey presto! works ! got some film today, so it’s time to take it out for a road test.

    considering my shaky hands, and complete lack of experience, this may take a while and will undoubtedly involve some spectacular FAIL.
    will post pics in the gallery.

    wish me luck…

    #22649
    olavf
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    good luck man! look forward to seeing the results.

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