First I have an admission to make….. I have an addiction. There, I said it. Luckily my addiction is to collecting film cameras, so while it can be as expensive to feed as other addictions it isn’t as destructive (to anything but my wallet). On a more serious note I do have a lot of cameras, mostly 35mm compacts, though with a good selection of other types and formats thrown in for good measure.
Not all of them have been, or probably ever will be used by me, but I do like to occasionally take one of the “interesting” (to me) ones out to put a roll or two through. That being said, there are a few favourites that see a lot of regular use. This is about one of those favourites, the Zorki 4K with 50mm Jupiter-8 f2 lens.
It’s fair to say that I love this camera, the way it looks, the way it sounds, the way it handles, even the results (when I don’t mess up too badly). Though I will admit that re-winding the film and replacing it with a fresh one is slower and slightly more awkward than more modern cameras due to the rewind being a knob rather than the more common swing out arm type.
My usual film of choice is Fomapan 100 Classic black and white. This film has nice grain and lots of exposure latitude. I’ll often shoot images on one roll at different ISO settings, at everything from ISO 50 up to ISO 800.Then stand develop for 2 hours in 1+100 Rodinal. Negatives are then scanned on my Epson V600 (best photography related buy in years). All the shots here were taken in Worcester, UK.
The reflection and couple walking away shots were shot at ISO 200, the police cap at ISO 400, the gent by the steps at ISO 50 and the statue at ISO 800. I find that the stand developing technique compensates wonderfully for the slap dash way I treat my ISO and exposures.
I hope looking at this has been worth your time.