Back in October, while I was in New York, I went to a flea market and bought myself a vintage camera. I have a couple now, call it a small collection, but I never got one of them working. This time I put in a little internet time and found out how to use my new toy. It is a Zeiss Ikon Simplex camera. I’m not sure of its age. I’d guess it is from the 1930’s or 1940’s. It looked to be in good shape so I loaded in some 120 film (which had been in my desk since 2008, so vintage too in its own way) and took it out to the local park.
I only get 8 images per roll and in the absence of a dark room, I need to ship the film out for processing so there is a 2 week delay between taking an image and seeing the results. I got back my pictures last week and was happy to see they turned out OK. Not great, but I vote this worth working on perfecting. I guessed on the exposure and did pretty well. I think there was a light leak but the images are interesting, have a lovely depth to them. Overall, I would say an experiment worth repeating.
A small teaser, though. I won’t be processing any more film for a few weeks. Two weeks from now I will be heading to Italy. I’ll be carrying my digital camera but will probably not invest the suitcase space for a camera that only holds 8 images! I am very much looking forward to my getaway and to sharing many more shots.