My photographic sports car – Agfa Isolette III vs. Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 530/16

Agfa Isolette III (left) and Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 530/16 (right)

I really like the 6×6 film format. Always have. Before the switch to digital i used it a lot for professional photography and nowadays i like to grab one of my Rolleis and shoot that magic dozen of pictures the 120 film offers me.

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My CL in „in your bag“

For some time i am a keen follower of the category “in your bag” of the also in many other aspects inspiring website Japan Camera Hunter  and with every new post i marvel at with how much equipment we as photographers are willing to burden ourselves while walking on the face of this planet.  From a compact lightweight Olympus XA to a wooden 4×5 inch “travel camera”.  My most prevalent thoughts while reading are „Kudos for carrying the better half of a camera shop over the shoulder“, „That’s  a camera i’d like to have“ or „I should send them a picture of my own bag some day“. Continue reading “My CL in „in your bag“”

Gallery: A stroll through the Olympic Park, Munich with a Braun Super Paxette

A stroll through the Olympic Park on one of those magnificently sunny days in October 2018. My companions were Maya, the dog, and a Braun Super Paxette II with a Tessar 2.8/50mm lens. I used a Fomapan 200 black and white film which i developed in Rodinal 1:50 for 10 minutes.

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School Teacher’s Leica – Braun Super Paxette II BL

Braun Super Paxette II BL

It all began at Ebay. I was looking for new lenses for my Leica IIIf and entered „lens, 39mm thread mount“. Among the results was a lens i had never heard of before, a Röschlein-Kreuznach Telenar 3.5/90mm. Amazing how many companies built lenses for the Leica, i thought, but then i read on. The Telenar was not a lens for the Leica but for a camera that was unknown to me until then: A Braun Paxette. The seller stated clearly that this lens was not compatible with the Leica. You could put it on a Leica, but it could not be focused because the flange focal distance of the two cameras was significantly different. Continue reading “School Teacher’s Leica – Braun Super Paxette II BL”

A lost film found in a Braun Colorette


A couple of pictures from a film i found inside a Braun Colorette i purchased for two Euro at a photo dealer here in Munich. The camera still takes photographs but its selenium cell light meter does not work any more.  Looks like the film i found was used to document two family holidays – a trip to the south, maybe to Italy or Spain and a moutain hike somewhere in the alps. The last three pictures i shot myself when i tested the camera on my way home from the purchase. Two holiday trips an a stroll through the city some decades later – not many films stay long enough in a camera to collect this variety of pictures.

Braun Colorette
Braun Colorette

The Braun Colorette was a german bread and butter camera produced from 1956 to 1959 by the Carl Braun camera factory in Nürnberg. The lens is a Steinheil Cassar, a rather simple triplet.

Gallery: Street Photography with a Retina IIIc

The Retina IIIc is by far not the best camera for street photography you can imagine, but that does not mean it is totally unsuitable for it. Once you know how to deal with the uncoupled light meter with its exposure value system you can become pretty fast in adjusting to changing light situations, the bright lines framefinder is okay,  and the coupled rangefinder is as easy to use the one in a Leica M model. All this work pretty well together as long as you stick to the 50mm normal lens, a lovely and tack sharp Schneider-Kreuznach Retina Xenon with the rather fast full aperture of f 2.

Everything changes though if you decide to use one of the 35 or 80 mm supplementary optics you can attach to the camera instead of the front element of the 50 mm lens. In order to use those you do not only have to use a special viewfinder you can attach to the cold shoe on top of the camera, you also need to transfer the measured distance to one of two alternative scales on the bottom of the shutter-lens assembly.

The pictures in this gallery are from a roll of FP4 i shot in September 2017 in Munich.

Gallery: Central Cemetery in Sofia, Bulgaria

The pictures in this gallery were taken during an assignment in Bulgaria in September 2018. I used my Leica CL (analog) loaded with Adox Silvermax 100 b&w film which i carried along with my Leica M9 as a machine to capture private pictures. The film was developed in Silvermax developer diluted 1:29 for 11 minutes. For these pictures i used exclusively the Summicron C 2/40 mm, one of my favorite Leica lenses.

The Central Cemetery in Sofia is huge. It contains graves of well known bulgarian politicians like Todor Shivkov, a jewish cemetery, a necropole for deceased bulgarian pilots and war graves of various nations.