Sunday, March 3, 2013

52-Rolls Week #8 - Kodak & Ilford

Week #8 - The Kodak Vigilant Junior 620 & Ilford Delta 400
Kodak Vigilant Junior 620.  A camera that was born in the 1930's.  Yes, that's right, 83 years ago this camera this camera came out of the Kodak Factory in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  So it hasn't really traveled very far, considering that it is still located in my collection in Toronto.
I decided to give it a whirl, and am I ever impressed with the camera.  Sure, it's rather simple, with the only adjustment possible is to the aperture, down to, yup, ƒ/32!  The only point to doing that, though, is for a greater Depth of Field.  Sharpness pretty much maxes out on this camera at around ƒ/16 to ƒ/22, and the sharpness is not really much at all.
But that adds to the charm of the camera entirely!

The limitations just mean you have to think more from frame to frame, and have to work with what you have.  Such as the fact that I have three shutter selection speeds.  Bulb, Timed, and Instant.  Instant is just 1/60s, and you have to work with that, as you can't exactly "B"ulb 1/8s, so you have to brace the camera, or set it down, and fire off multiple exposures per frame to get the right exposure.


This photo was just that.  4 exposures for a combined shutter speed of 1/8s.
Proof that even a camera that is 80 years old can give you results that can be more than just surprising.

Until next time, keep those shutters firing!

Expect to see more from my 52-rolls project soon.  The Spotmatic and Double-XX is waiting!

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