Sunday, April 10, 2016

Contax Tvs

The Contax T series was in the top rankings for quality, small, durable, and high performing film cameras in the nineties. There were a number in the series, the TVS was the only zoom. I thought that this camera must have been some kind of inspiration for the current fixed zoom cameras, for instance the Fuji X30. Similar limited zoom range, size, and weight.
Both are excellent cameras. Pics below are from the film camera, of course!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fujifilm DL Super Mini

This one is definitely a collector's camera. It's tough to find one and when you do it will be at a high price.
Lovely simple design with one of those sliding front covers that is also the on/off switch (the picture shows it in the open position). Has a reputation for a high quality lens and is in the same league as the Yashica T4 and the Oly Stylus Epic.
Here is a nice description of the camera and examples of what it can do.
I was brave on the choice of film and development method with this one. The film was Fuji Sensia 100 slide film. I think it was around 10 or more years old. I've got to trust Diafine so much that I decided to use it for this out of date, color slide film! Well, if you give up the idea of color it works a treat! Nice contrasty and grainy black and white that I may have got from TriX. This was souped the normal Diafine way, 4min/4min . . . so easy!!!
This is what Wallace Koopman says about the Super Mini. His site is the proverbial treasure trove for old cameras and how they perform today.