Antique and Collectable shops have, until recently, not been places I have frequented. However, I have noticed a few old cameras in some, so in a quest to find a gem or two I have started to pop in on the off chance to see what I can find. After my success with the Olympus Trip 35 and my “new” Olympus 35RC I had caught the rangefinder bug. In one I found a Rollei LED, but they wanted too much for it, the FED4 I shot and sold came from a charity shop for £10.00, so I knew they were out there.
Then one day, on the way back from dropping my wife’s car off for a service, we wandered into Mannuccis Antiques Emporium in Dunstable. I didn’t hold out any hope of finding a classic Leica but thought I might find something interesting…
I struck lucky.
Not only were there a couple of cameras there, but they had what has turned out to be a lovely Voigtlnder CLR rangefinder. A quick barter on the marked price bought me the camera for £20.00! Bargain! With it’s match needle meter and 50 mm f2.8 Color-Skopar lens, it looked beautiful in the glass case. On inspection, I found the rangefinder patch a little dim, and the shutter release is in the wrong place for me, but I thought it was worth a go, even if for the Voigtlander name alone.
For its first outing I loaded it with Fuji Superia 200 colour film. I took it to a local classic car rally where my band was playing, and in between sets I went wandering with the camera.
The resulting images were truly amazing; sharp, well exposed, and such beautiful colours.
Have a look and let me know if you agree.