Monday, January 19, 2009

What's new this week - January 19th

We have a bunch of interesting film and a few cool cameras to talk about this week.

Cameras first: we have a nice Voigtlander Bessa R2A, one of the newer Voigtlander-branded Cosina rangefinder cameras.

These are modern rangefinder cameras with the standard Leica M-mount bayonet, TTL meters, and a big, clear viewfinder. They're compatible with nearly every Leica M lens out there, plus a multitude of 39mm screw-mount lenses available for earlier cameras. They're well-made, metal-bodied cameras- I've been using a similar R3M for a few years now, and it's been nothing but reliable.

The R2A has an electronically-controlled shutter, and operates in full manual or aperture-priority mode. If you've never used a rangefinder camera before, come in and have a look- the R2A is a good one, and sells for a fraction of what a similarly-specced Leica would. Our Voigtlander Bessa R2A is in excellent condition both cosmetically and functionally, and is priced at a very reasonable $369.

The second camera is a bit of an older one:

This is a very clean Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta 524/2, a classic 6x9cm medium-format folding camera. It has a clean 105mm f3.5 Novar Anastigmat lens, fully functional shutter, and a built-in uncoupled rangefinder. These old folding cameras are great, shooting huge pictures on 120 rollfilm and collapsing down to a size that's easily packable into nearly any camera bag (or pocket, I suppose, if your coat is big enough.) This Ikonta is in-store now and priced at $129.

On the film front, we've brought in a selection of some harder-to-find emulsions, including three different varieties of infrared film.

Ilford SFX200 is an ISO200 black-and-white film sensitive to wavelengths up to roughly 790nm. We have SFX200 available in both 35mm and 120 formats.

Rollei IR400 is a slightly faster film with approximately the same infrared sensitivity as the Ilford SFX200. We have only 35mm cartridges of the Rollei IR400 at the moment, but we'll be getting more 120 soon.

Efke IR820 is not an ISO820 film: the name refers to its infrared sensitivity, which at 820nm makes this more of a "true" infrared film than either the Ilford or the Rollei. Efke IR820 is available in 35mm and 120 formats.

Rollei Digibase is a special C41-process black and white emulsion specifically designed for scanning. Its polyester base has no colour mask, and lies flatter than standard film bases to ensure edge-to-edge sharpness. Available in 35mm and 120 formats.

And finally, for the classic camera fans, a special treat:

127 film! This is a smaller rollfilm format used by Rolleiflex 44 and Yashica 44 cameras, as well as many other older cameras. This is not a common film- the 127 format has been out of mass production for more than a decade now- but Efke still makes it, and we've got some. It's a nice-quality ISO100 black and white film, with a silver-rich emulsion that gives great classic-looking photos.

That's it for this week. Be sure to check our used inventory at for all the rest of our stock- and contact us if you have any questions about these or other cameras.

1 comment:

Big Brother said...

Very cool IR project! I'll have to find a junker/old digital and experiment :)