I picked up my example of this TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) in a way that I often pick up cameras. I don’t intend to have many cameras, in fact I conspire to own one and use one film stock – if it was nearly good enough for Henri Cartier Bresson, then it should be nearly good enough for me! The trouble is I like them!
This one was sat in a glass cabinet, with it’s leather case next to it, in a charity shop, in almost perfect condition. The price was about £40 from memory. I asked to look closer and everything seemed good so it came home with me.
I gave it a bit of a clean up, and started to use it. The close focus was good, better than I expected in fact. Like all TLR’s a little bit of parralex comes into play the closer one gets to one’s subject, a separate light meter is required, but that’s no issue. The results are good too – nice and sharp, but somehow with a bit of a “glow” to them, this doesn’t really come across in digital scans, but I suspect film users will know what I mean. I ought to do more street photography with it, Vivian Maier style perhaps, but this last year has been odd to say the least so below are a few images of the garden I made to finish off the roll of FP4. Developed as standard in Ilfosol.