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Passionate about photography as well as motorcycling?
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:04:16 am »
I know Greg is, was wondering if there are others?

My retirement trip is just as much about photography as motorcycling. These 2 passions mix perfectly. For me, it's vintage motorcles and vintage cameras.

Here is the gear that will fit in my tank bag.


Tweaking my photography film/gear for this trip:

I found some slide film in the fridge, some Agfa RSX 100, that's been stored there for 15 years or so. I'm thinking that I'll load it in the CL with CV40f1.4 lens, because there will be times when colour is called for. I'm thinking old motel signs, Vegas neon, and the colours of the southwest. It will also be nice to have a slide show to share with family and to relive the trip in my dotage.

So, Rolleiflex E2 and Fujica gs645w for medium format ilford HP5 black and white, normal and wide angle, and backups to each other.

Leica M2 with ltm Canon 50 and 28 lenses for Tri-X 135 black and white. Leica CL with CV40f1.4 for colour slides, and backup.

iPhone camera to share trip on the Internet while on the road.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2014, 09:45:11 am by Schnell »
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Re: Passionate about photography as well as motorcycling?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 09:55:52 am »
I am into both too.  I shoot old Pentax cameras and also an old yashica a.  It's a good mix of hobbies really, although I find lately all my pics are bike related, haha

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 09:56:37 am »
good on you for hauling around all that gear when most just bring the i-phone :)  I have a Mamiya/Secur 500TL that I used to love until the shutter started sticking at slower shutter speeds.  I can't get anyone to work on it.  Real film is way cooler than digital.  Real tape is way cooler than digital audio.  Real life is way better than Facebook.
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Re: Passionate about photography as well as motorcycling?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2014, 10:19:36 am »
Thanks. Here's a pic that I got on film during a day trip last summer.

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014, 10:54:10 am »
I was until digital put me out of business, sold all the cameras I owned-probably at least 20 of all formats up to and including 11x14. 


Schnell,  I would not trust film that old for a trip of that magnitude and importance, even though it has been refrigerated.  Have you shot a roll and had it processed recently?  Do you plan to carry anything other than camera gear? ::)...Larry

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2014, 11:11:36 am »
That's classic gear all right, srust58.

Heh-heh, Larry! It all fits in my tank bag. Clothes, tools, spare parts, all fit in a duffel bag on the luggage rack. Shooting a test roll is an excellent idea, thanks!

Some of my other cameras


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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2014, 02:08:14 pm »
Nice equipment!  How old is the F, I had a 1963 that was very mint(as yours looks to be) and sold it for a boatload of money when film cameras were still bringing a good dollar.  I sold my last Nikon 7 or 8 years ago, an N90, think I got $90 for it...Larry

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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2014, 02:18:54 pm »
The only thing that I like about digital photography is that I can now afford to buy film cameras that I could never afford before. Like this one:

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2014, 02:44:54 pm »
The only thing that I like about digital photography is that I can now afford to buy film cameras that I could never afford before. Like this one:




What does a Leica sell for these days?   I never could have afforded one when I was a photographer either....Larry

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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2014, 03:21:29 pm »
I can afford one when I find a good deal. Leica has kept its used value the most.

Here's a website I use as a guideline to used prices of classic cameras:

http://antiquecameras.net/leicamcameras.html
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2014, 09:47:43 am »
Larry, the Leicaflex with Summicron was $350. If it were an M rangefinder type Leica, it may be 4 times as much.

Here is my modest photo website: http://frankfoto.jimdo.com/
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Re: Passionate about photography as well as motorcycling?
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2014, 10:00:25 am »
Here is my modest photo website: http://frankfoto.jimdo.com/

Really nice work on your site, Frank. Looking forward to the images you bring back from your trip.  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2014, 11:13:15 am »
Thank you Bob. I am excited about the possibilities! I'm really looking forward to seeing the southwest for the first time.
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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2014, 08:08:09 pm »
Very nice,  especially the portraits.   My specialty was abandoned houses before I lost the business and interest....Larry

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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2014, 04:58:43 am »
Thanks Larry. Have you got any pics to share?
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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2014, 08:39:44 am »
Here's a few of mine.

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« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2014, 09:09:40 am »
Here's the stuff I use regularly.  Sean might recognize the first one.  I carried it on the first rally.

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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2014, 09:30:09 am »
The exactas are cool looking cameras. Unfortunately mine has bad shutter curtains.

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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2014, 12:12:37 pm »
Nice collection MJ.  At one time I had an Exacta-it was one, heavy beast.

Schnell,  I was so disillusioned with photography that I sold many of my framed prints for peanuts. Kept the negatives and do have some prints buried somewhere in archival storage boxes.  If I ever get some spare time, I'll digitize and post....Larry

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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2014, 01:24:56 pm »
No worries Larry. If it will be unpleasant for you, don't dig it up.
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« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2014, 01:44:35 pm »
No worries Larry. If it will be unpleasant for you, don't dig it up.


One of these days I'll come across some of the images and put them up.  It is not unpleasant, just a lost of interest in something that I was very passionate about..  I've rechanneled that into restoring my old house and vintage motorcycles.  Thanks for the interest...Larry

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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2014, 02:32:27 pm »
Real film is way cooler than digital.  Real tape is way cooler than digital audio. 

i used to think that but my last trip with a film camera cost me plenty. 20 rolls of good AGFA film at $8 roll = $160. Developing so many rolls of film @ $10/ roll = $200. For $360 per trip and a 50% keeper rate ( i bracket a lot, 50% is being conservative). That adds up fast.

I just got over it and bought a decent 12MP DSLR and a nice quality lens. Being able to delete the bracketed pics and have only one keeper is priceless. plus I enjoy watching my albums on a lit screen instead of shoe boxes full of 4x6 photos collecting dust. its easy to share sldieshows online too. With 12MP shots it's hard to tell film from digi even when printing on paper in the 35mm realm.

Call me a sellout but thats just the way it is these days.  ;) $360 goes a long ways for parts on my CB!

I recently just gave away some 15 rolls AGFA and KODAK B&W film I had left over and a Nikon N70 body to the Goodwill. nobody I know wanted it  :o
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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2014, 03:13:39 pm »
Real film is way cooler than digital.  Real tape is way cooler than digital audio. 

i used to think that but my last trip with a film camera cost me plenty. 20 rolls of good AGFA film at $8 roll = $160. Developing so many rolls of film @ $10/ roll = $200. For $360 per trip and a 50% keeper rate ( i bracket a lot, 50% is being conservative). That adds up fast.

I just got over it and bought a decent 12MP DSLR and a nice quality lens. Being able to delete the bracketed pics and have only one keeper is priceless. plus I enjoy watching my albums on a lit screen instead of shoe boxes full of 4x6 photos collecting dust. its easy to share sldieshows online too. With 12MP shots it's hard to tell film from digi even when printing on paper in the 35mm realm.

Call me a sellout but thats just the way it is these days.  ;) $360 goes a long ways for parts on my CB!

I recently just gave away some 15 rolls AGFA and KODAK B&W film I had left over and a Nikon N70 body to the Goodwill. nobody I know wanted it  :o
you basically just explained why digital media is not as good as real film.  It's so cheap and easy, you can just throw away all the bad shots.  It really requires no talent, skill, effort, time, or money, or commitment...
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« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2014, 03:17:25 pm »
For documenting info, digital is the way to go,  for art it is crap and should not even be considered photography...Larry

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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2014, 07:59:09 pm »
Real film is way cooler than digital.  Real tape is way cooler than digital audio. 

i used to think that but my last trip with a film camera cost me plenty. 20 rolls of good AGFA film at $8 roll = $160. Developing so many rolls of film @ $10/ roll = $200. For $360 per trip and a 50% keeper rate ( i bracket a lot, 50% is being conservative). That adds up fast.

I just got over it and bought a decent 12MP DSLR and a nice quality lens. Being able to delete the bracketed pics and have only one keeper is priceless. plus I enjoy watching my albums on a lit screen instead of shoe boxes full of 4x6 photos collecting dust. its easy to share sldieshows online too. With 12MP shots it's hard to tell film from digi even when printing on paper in the 35mm realm.

Call me a sellout but thats just the way it is these days.  ;) $360 goes a long ways for parts on my CB!

I recently just gave away some 15 rolls AGFA and KODAK B&W film I had left over and a Nikon N70 body to the Goodwill. nobody I know wanted it  :o
you basically just explained why digital media is not as good as real film.  It's so cheap and easy, you can just throw away all the bad shots.  It really requires no talent, skill, effort, time, or money, or commitment...

I found that my skills all around seemed to go downhill with digital, maybe for those reasons...or is it just age and a loss of patience? I do have to make an extra effort to be as good as I was.  My concern has always been the lack of a negative or slide..a real hard copy, not just a bunch of ones and zeros on some electronic device.