When I say I use a Flektogon about 95% of the time, many people raise their eye-brows especially here in London. The QC standard for these lenses was inconsistent, and good copies like mine can cost quite a bit for an M42 lens.
Back in the old days, countries in the Communist bloc often exchanged help not only with supplies but also in the form of human resources. Many Vietnamese ended up in East Germany as part of these pacts: a small number came to study, the vast majority came to work in different industries. My father was one of the latter – he worked in a shoe factory near Magdeburg for a few years before returning to Vietnam when the Berlin Wall collapsed. These East German glasses remind me of his stories about the good old days.
As you can see, I am a very nostalgic person and the way this lens renders images complements that perfectly. Normally I’d roam London streets and the Underground, but for this story, I would like to share 5 frames I shot with it from my last trip to Hanoi during Lunar New Year. The film I used was Kodak Ektar 100 (which is such an incredible film stock!)
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