First, at the beginning of 2012, I got myself a lovely remake of the Diana camera from the 60’s…… It’s fun and frankly, after getting “more involved” with photography, I like to think of it as a toy, capable of creating amazing stuff ….
Then my attention was caught by an incredibly funny and cheap Fisheye camera by Lomography…This 35mm camera with a built-in fisheye lens is a lot of fun and I’ve bought it 2nd hand for 20 eur … ha! It sees a sweeping 170-degree view compacting everything around you into a compact circular image.
By the end of 2012, an amazing thing happened….. Grandpa’s camera found its way to me……after laying forgotten in the wardrobe (safe and sound) for 25 long years…. And what a camera it is…. Zeiss Super Ikonta B 533/16 from the 50’s. Medium format treasure! I didn’t have a chance to make any picture with it yet, but it seems to be in great condition!
Update October 2013: The camera is currently “in hospital” (obviously sitting in wardrobe untouched for 25 years didn’t do her any good), but I am not worried, as she is in the hands of an amazing artist and one-of-a-kind person, Mr. Manuel Adriano Borges da Silva, whose incredibly strong presence itself seems to feed you with knowledge and wisdom not measurable by megapixels or MB. My thanks go to Álvaro Nunes de Sousa and João Peixoto, for getting me in touch with Mr. Adriano.
Update November 2013: Amazingly fast, amazingly surprisingly, my Super Ikonta is back to life and fully operational (!!!). I started my new journey of shooting with her just now, so I hope to learn how to operate it well and carry on the legacy of my grandpa… :). Read more about this story here.
April 2013 … I step into the DSLR world! Welcome Mr. Canon 60D with EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens….