Camera of Week 41- Konica AiBORG

Konica AiBORG 35-105mm super zoom is a very eccentric camera and you are guaranteed to stand out in crowd with this piece of equipment.

AiBORG is 35mm P&S viewfinder camera which looks like Darth Vader (from Star Wars in case you didn’t know) helmet. It was made by Konica and introduced in 1991, Konica itself described it as – “futuristic, black, ellipsoidal”. As name suggest it had 3x zoom very advanced feature for that time, camera also featured high level of automation, i’ll get more to that later.

Camera is made from plastic, with rubberized grips and glittery front, really glam. AiBorg has 19 available scene modes as name is made from Cyborg and AI (artificial intelligence). Here are some of them:

“-infinity mode; for distant scenery or shooting through a glass window.
-night mode; night scenes with a shutter speed of maximum 6.4 sec. use a tripod. night mode with flash on or auto flash permits foreground and background exposed at night.
-potrait mode; figures at different distances can be photographed at about the same size 4.9ft.-11.5ft.
-tv mode; for taking pictures of tv images, use tripod.
-white background mode ‘snowflake’; for pictures against a white background, compensates exposure to prevent whites produced as gray.
-multi exposure mode ‘bouncy ball’;for 6 sequential exposures of moving objects on one frame. Flash is fired only on last shot.
-spot measuring mode; for setting exposure conditions to match a portion of the picture area.
-+1.5 exposure compensation mode; correction for shadows by over exposing by +1.5 ev.
-(-1.5) exposure compensation mode; for a darker image, used to compensate for haze or bring out sky color in scenery.
-me mode; multi exposure function releases the shutter for a frequency set on a single frame.
-te mode; time exposure as long as 1 sec. to approx. 100 hrs., use tripod, self timer, or cable switch.
-int mode; intervel time exposure shutter is released for the set number of frames at an interval from 10 sec. to approx. 100 hrs.”

Top LCD display shows exposure and focus settings while smaller one on back shows date settings. Lens cover is made from transparent plastic, camera has  motor drive, in-built flash (with slow sync and fill-flash modes), but doesn’t have any option for external flashes. On top right corner of back is so called joystick, which zooms in and out when moved vertically, but when moved horizontally chooses between 5 focus points and MF mode. On back there also many tiny switches which control things like – flash settings, self timer, single/continuous shooting, date settings and few other settings.  Interesting feature for P&S is that camera shows focusing distance is viewfinder. Viewfinder also has dioptric adjustment, useful feature for people with glasses.

Lens is Konica 35-105mm f3.5-f8.5, available shutter speeds range from 6.4 seconds to 1/500th of second in normal modes. Weight is about 650 grams and camera takes 2CR5 6V battery.

It is also voted by many users as ugliest camera of all time.

Benjiboy from APUG – ” used to have to try sell them for a living, but never sold even one, if Moses had seen the Aiborg there would have been an eleventh commandment”

dnjl says – “That is one offensively ugly plastic blob of a camera.”

Benjiboy replies – “When it was born the midwife slapped it in the mouth”

Info from – http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Konica_AiBORG  and  http://blog.dcview.com/article.php?a=U20IaFMw

Price – Currently there is one at eBay for about $20, but they usually doesn’t sell even for 10. Only when interested preson wants to pick it up. So don’t pay more than few coins for it.

Konica AiBORG from http://www.kameramuseum.de/

AirBORG from Caparobertsan Flickr stream

Konica AiBORG from Caparobertsan Flickr stream

Konica AiBORG from Caparobertsan Flickr stream

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Souped Film (Film in Soup) Developing

If anyone has wondered i also offer developing for souped film. So if you have souped film and don’t know where to develop it you can safely send it to me.

Have fun shooting film everyone!

Camera of week 40 – Kelly

40th camera of week is Japanese 4.5×6 medium format folder. It was made in begging of 1940’s. It was copy of Baldax camera, with difference that it had “Kelly” embossed on leather covering front of camera .

Camera had 75mm  f/3.5 front cell focusing lens with Koho shutter – available shutter speeds range from 1 second to 1/150th of second + T and B modes. To this day only two cameras have survived.

More info – http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Kelly

Camera of Week 39 – Leica C11

According to reviews Leica C11 was one of best pocket zooms for APS system, although APS itself is crap. It’s also only Leica APS camera, as thank god they didn’t made more but stuck to 35mm cameras.

C11 sports 23-70mm 1:4.8-1:9.5 zoom lens, which as you can see is very slow at tele end. Lens coverage is about what would 35-105 lens cover on 35mm camera. AF uses active infra-red system for focusing, exposure metering is center-weighted. ISO rating can be chosen from 25 to 3200. Available shutter speeds are from 1 second to 1/600th of second. Camera also has inbuilt flash, weights 210 grams and takes CR2 battery.

Rating from photographyreview.com:

Strengths:    Good looks.

Weaknesses:    Poor pics.”

Price: About 20-30 euros in German eBay. Bidding starts from 10 euros. Or $200 at ebay.com

Info from:  http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Leica_C11

Runner up in Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom X Lomography: Pin-up Competition

Last week I was selected as runner-up for Bunny Yeger’s Darkroom X Lomography Pin-up competition. This is the first time i actually won anything in photo competition, so now i am “Award-winning photographer” 😛

Model of course is my beautiful and lovely wife Dace, pictures taken with Nikon F5 and 50mm f/1.8D lens.

Here is my runner-up entry :

Dace

And here are rest of my entries – http://www.lomography.com/homes/nameisis/albums/1946098-pinup-2013-april

Camera of week 38 – Promaster 2500PK Super

This week’s camera is Promaster 2500PK Super. In case you didn’t know (like me) Promaster is american photographic accessory distributor. 2500PK is a manual focus 35 mm camera that uses famous Pentax K mount. Usually sold with either 50 mm f/1.7 or 28-80 mm lens. Available shutter speeds are from 1 second to 1/2000th of second with Bulb mode. Flash sync at 1/125th of second.  Usual level self-timer of that age, delay of 10 seconds. Camera uses center-weighted metering, which is done with silicone photodiode (TTL).  One can choose ISO speeds from 25 to 3200. Viewfinder has 92% coverage, magnification 0.91x. Apart from some low-end models this one features depth of field preview button. Camera is manual focus and has two aid for focusing – Split image and microprism, film winding and rewind is manual. Meter is powered by two  1.5 V SR44 batteries.

More info here – http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Promaster_2500PK_Super  and http://promaster.com/products.asp?product=5364

Price:

Is very low you can get great bundle with camera, film and other accessories for 20 dollars here – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Promaster-2500PK-Super-Camera-More-Great-Deal-Look-/271189412562?pt=Film_Cameras&hash=item3f24260ad2

Or two cameras with 50mm lenses + 2 more lenses for 60$  – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Promaster-2500PK-Super-Film-Cameras-lenses-/111055146722?pt=Film_Cameras&hash=item19db670ee2

Drew Barrymore with Promaster 2500PK Super – http://www.coolspotters.com

Promaster 2500PK Super from http://www.servicephoto.com

Camera of week 37 – Bronica GS-1

Sorry for being absent for some time. But now, I am back and will try to keep writing about new articles 🙂

So this week we have Bronica GS-1. GS-1 was largest SLR produced by Bronica as it’s their only 6×7 camera.  Introduced in 1983 and faced death sentence at 2002.

Camera was designed to be as small and light as possible. Plastics are used everywhere they can, so result it that this camera is much lighter and smaller than Mamiya RB67/RZ67 and also lighter than some of smaller format SLR cameras.  Body alone weights just over 600 grams.  Similar to most of MF (Medium Format not Manual Focus) SLR’s GS-1 also features modular design. It means that apart from usual 35mm SLR’s where you can only change lenses and finder glass, this camera also allows changing prisms and backs. Interchangeable backs are very useful feature as they allows to take various films each in its own back, so you can change back with film in mid roll. Also it allows usage of different film formats and types. Like 220 back instead of 120 back. Lastly but not least camera sync’s at all available shutter speeds (up to 1/500 sec.).

There are numerous lens available for this camera ranging from 50mm ultra wide (uses rare 95mm size filter ring) to 500mm telephoto lens ( full list is – 50, 65, 80, 100, 110, 150, 200, 250, 500 mm lenses). On top of it there are two teleconverters (1.4x and 2x). Like most of MF lenses these aren’t particularly close focusing (except 110mm Macro lens) so one will need extension rings for macro work. Standard lens for this camera is 100mm f/3.5, together with 80mm lens it’s also fastest from whole bunch.

There are various backs available for GS-1 – 6×7, 6×6 6×4,5 and Polaroid, thank god 35mm back was not made for this beast. Smaller size backs are waste in my opinion, if one wants to shoot smaller format it easier just to get camera for needed format. GS-1 also has dedicated speedlight flash G-1 and speed grip,  these two make GS-1 only 6×7 camera that has TTL flash metering. Camera uses one silver 6V silver oxide battery ( PX28 also called 4SR44 or 4G13).

Price: About 400$ for kit (includes body, 100mm lens, 120 film back and prism), less if you buy one that has been battered. And more if you “lucky” enough to live in Europe.

Info from here: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Bronica_GS-1

Bronica GS-1 with Prism Finder from http://www.chemicalcameras.files.wordpress.com

Bronica GS-1 with Speed Grip from http://chemicalcameras.files.wordpress.com

Me at Believeinfilm.com

Here is small interview with me at  believeinfilm.com here take a look – http://believeinfilm.com/article/quick-interview-kaspars-segli%C5%86%C5%A1-gr%C4%ABnblats

Camera of week 36 – Polaroid CU-5

CU-5 is a professional fixed focus studio camera designed for macro and close-up work. Built in lens is Tominon 127mm f/4.7, which can be stopped down to f/45.  Some models also came with 75mm f/4.5 lens.  Available shutter speeds range from 1/125th of second to 1 second + bulb and timed settings.  Other notable features are built-in cable release and PC socket for flash sync. Interestingly it has ring flash around lens, which is very useful for macro photography. CU-5 has removable type 100 film back with built-in darkslide. Extension tubes could be added between lens unit and removable film back.

Control for aperture and shutter speeds are hidden under top cover which first must opened to gain access to controls and cable release. There are also 3 settings on top of camera for various Polaroid films. Also available was dental model for close up photos of teeth.

More info:  http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Polaroid_CU-5

Price:  As with most Polaroid cameras these can be had cheap, 20 or so dollars, more in you live in Europe. Of course there are always people who will try to sell this for several hundred, but don’t look at them.

Polaroid CU-5 by Nicholas Middleton

Polaroid CU-5 by Nicholas Middleton

Polaroid CU-5 by Nicholas Middleton

Camera of week 35 – Yashica Future 127

Yashica Future 127 was a Yashica 4x4cm prototype camera made in 1959. It was first Japanese camera with auto-exposure, called “Electric-eye” during that time. After Americans made Bell & Howell Electric Eye 127, Revere Eye-Matic EE 127 and  Kodak Brownie Starmatic, Japanese didn’t want to fall back and started to develop their own auto-exposure cameras. During next year two cameras with auto-exposure were shown to public Yashica Future 127 and  Olympus Eye 44. These prototype cameras didn’t enter production because 4×4 format fad ended, but experience gained with these cameras where transferred to 35mm film auto-exposure models like Flash-O-Set and Yashica 35EE, released to public in 1961 and 1962 respectively. Camera was intended for use in either vertical or horizontal position as it doesn’t matter with square format, although it was quite small it weighted 900 grams or about 2 pounds. Film travels vertically like on TLR cameras and film advance knob in on right side. Film advance is controlled via regular red window.  As with most old cameras, this one also doesn’t have any means for showing what exposed area will be, like parallax lines or brighter part of viewfinder. Camera also features usual X sync terminal for flash, UV filter fitted in front of lens and self-timer. Lens itself is 3-element Yashinon 60mm f/3.5 and uses Copal MKV also know as Copal-SV shutter.  Available shutter speeds range from 1/500th when ASA/ISO is  200 to 1/30th of second when ASA is set to 12 + Bulb mode. Aperture is controlled automatically by camera meter.

Focusing is done via front black ring, good part is that it only moves front element of lens. Minimal focusing distance for this camera was intended 1 meter, similar to other viewfinder cameras distance to subject must be determined by eye.  Flash sync control button and shutter cocking lever were put between focusing ring and camera body.

Info from:  http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Yashica_Future_127

Yashica Future 127 from Shashin Kōgyō May and June 1959

Yashica Future 127 without front plate from Shashin Kōgyō May and June 1959

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