March 5th, 2012
This is a Baldi, a camera that my father gave me when I was about twelve years old. It was my first 'real' camera beyond a Brownie and I was thrilled. You can see from the cell-phone next to it that it was pretty compact, so that when folded it would fit in my shirt pocket! It took the same film as the Brownies, 127, but it was half frame so I could get twice as many shots on a roll.
I don't remember ever shooting color with it, only black and white, and I'd use the information sheet from the film to set my exposure. We had a darkroom in the basement and that's where I learned the rudiments of developing and printing. I still have a stack of 4x5 prints, though they're so curled they're difficult to handle without possibly cracking the photos.
As you can see, this little gem has full controls. The aperture adjusts from f:2.9 to f:16, the shutter from 1 second to 1/300 plus time and bulb, and you can focus from 3 feet (1 meter) to infinity. The viewfinder has a parallax control to coordinate it with the lens according to the distance, but since I had to guess at the distance anyway I'm not sure how effective it was. It has its own little stand, but also a standard tripod mount. But the nicest feature of the camera is the lens, a 50mm Xenar made by Schneider-Kreuznach, one of the top lens makers from Germany at the time. In spite of the small size of the negatives, the photos were remarkably sharp!
It's nice when you come across something from your past, how it triggers so many memories. But don't worry, I'm not going back to film! ;^)
February 15th, 2012
A few days ago our while daughter was visiting, we happened to be making eggs.
We mentioned to her that just in the last couple of weeks we'd had two eggs with
double yolks, whereupon she proceeded to admonish us for not taking any photos.
Only two days later we got another one! So I grabbed my camera, surprising myself
at how well I could function before my coffee, and fired off a few frames before they
needed to be turned over. She was amazed and amused when I sent her a
picture later that day.
This is obviously cropped (the other egg was pretty ordinary) and I used a light
touch with the dry brush filter in CS4. Just in case you were wondering, my
wife got to eat it.