Fed 5 and Jupiter 8… By The Sea

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Fed, along with Zorki and Zenit is one of the best known Soviets brand by photography enthusiasts. Since the early 30’s  of the twentieth century in fact, have been built millions and millions of  Fed cameras. Just to give an idea, the initial model that was simply called “Fed” (ФЭД), since 1934 and until 1955, were produced (in many variations) about 720,000 copies, while for the model 5 in production from 1977 to 1990, I have no data  (according to the website Sovietcams, which I suggest to refer to anyone interested in identifying and learn more about these cameras) but are surely made in hundres of thousands copies.

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By the Sea – Contax 159mm Test

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Today it is raining so, instead of going out to photograph (that is the thing I love the most), better stay dry and write a nice post on my blog. This time we’ll talk about a high-end camera …. lent by a friend (yes, the same one who gave me the Leica R5) for this test. Some general thoughts before strating: the history of photography, especially of lenses, before the advent of Japanese ones, was made almost entirely by two brands: Zeiss and Leica. Two houses that have marked the mass diffusion of 35mm photography and  in the case of Zeiss, also of medium and large format.

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More Infrared Experiments Rollei IR 400 in Ars-Imago Fd

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As you can see, the experiments with infrared (IR) continue. As mentioned in the previous post, during the last photographic trip, besides the Ilford SFX 200, I shot a roll of Rollei IR 400, with the aim of developing it in new  Ars-Imago Fd. A couple of days ago, I had enough time to do it and as first thing I had to find a starting time for development, given that it was a “first time” and there were no data about in the data-sheet.

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Infrared – Another Test

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After the first (successful) attempt with infrared photography (IR), I immediately wanted to try it again and so, taking advantage of a beautiful sunny day, I shot other two rolls with my “usual” Rolleiflex. The first, a Rollei IR 400 again, I have yet to develop. As a second, this time I used the Ilford sfx 200, to assess any differences in performance with the previous one.

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Infrared: the amazing invisible realm

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When we venture into the mysterious field of infrared photography (IR), we enter the realm of the unknown, or rather of the invisible. The human eye, in fact, is not able to perceive the luminous radiation of infrared above 750 nm. And it is beyond this threshold that infrared radiation vibrate. What is therefore beyond the insuperable limit of the visible? Since the 30s of last century, the photographic technology allowed us to find it out, creating emulsions with appropriate sensitizing elements to these frequencies.

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