Last Days of Summer

last days of summer

last days of summer

last days of summer

last days of summer

This year’s summer in Berlin was crap. It was nonexistent. It’s pretty sad, because we all love summer at The Germans’ house. Thankfully, in September, we had a couple of weeks of beautiful weather. One Sunday we headed out for a bike ride and ended up cycling a good chunk of the Berliner Mauerweg, a bicycle track that takes you all around Berlin along what used to be the wall.

The particular leg we rode along consist mostly of smooth asphalt, with no cars in sight, just pedestrians and other cyclists here and there. It’s perfect for workout too, I did my share of long bike rides here, it takes you straight down to Schönefeld airport, adding up to almost 50km return. If you’re curious, you can find the leg of the Wall Trail I’m referring to here. My favorite path for cycling workout for sure. Shame it’s now almost too cold for long bike rides.

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Mamiya Adventures

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While the Mamiya C33 is not a camera that you carry around lightly, because, well, it’s not light at all, I like to use it very much. It is incredibly sharp when you get the focus right, and the blur is wonderfully soft, and the bellows allow focussing up to only a few centimeters away from the lens. So I get it out from time to time to shoot a roll of film at home. Because, why the hell not?

The roll is already a bit older, because I’m a lazy bum who’s way behind with scanning film. The late summer we had in September was most excellent, and so was our little trip to London. Photos and a coffee coming up.

Mamiya C33

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Self with Mamiya C33

My Yashica Mat 124G has been broken since the day I got it. I admit not having read the ebay description correctly, but it still worked to a certain degree. The lighting meter has failed me over the last six months quite a lot, and some of the camera’s pieces would need some repair beyond my skills. So I looked for an alternative.

Sure, there’s Rolleiflex cameras, and they’re awesome and really good-looking and all that, but they can be (read: they are) quite expensive, and the cost didn’t really justify the means. The cheapest one I could find in a shop started at 300 EUR. Out of the question for me since I like to keep my camera collection on the cheap.

The other alternative seemed to be Mamiya’s range of TLR cameras. Jen Sophik shoots with a Mamiya C3, and that was good enough to convince me to look for either a C3, a C33 or a C330. They only have minor differences. Obviously the C330 is the king of the crop, as it seems to be able to use 220 film, and it’s a whopping 340 grams lighter then the C33. Did I mention they’re the only TLR cameras with interchangeable lenses? I know, right? What it doesn’t have is a built-in lighting meter, but I can live with that. Its awesomeness definitely outweighs the loss.

Still, on Germany’s election night I scored a C33 in excellent condition for a great price. It’s a real beast, and with two kilos quite a heavy one, but I can live with that. It uses bellows instead of just pushing the lenses out from the body like other TLRs do, so you can get up close, really close.

I stuffed a roll of Efke 100 black and white film in it to give it a go. While that’s arguably not a great film for shooting indoors, it gave me an idea how the camera works. Turns out, it works like a charm.

In other news, The Impossible Project just announced that Polaroid decided to start making cameras again, reviving some of their classic models. Awesome news to wake up to, no doubt.