My Vintage Camera Equipment

Approximately 10 years ago my father was given an old (1950’s I believe) professional quality film SLR, buy his uncle.

We used it on a trip to Bathurst in 1997 and it took some amazing quality shots, for a man and his son,  not knowing anything about photography, and also being unsure of the physical condition of the camera itself.

Since taking up photography as a more serious hobby recently, I have begun a process of teaching mself the finer points of using this piece of photographic history, and also shooting with film. somthing i probably haven’t done for 10 years.

The camera itself is an Exakta Varex VX (unsure of what series) built in East Germany, post WWII.

It also has a range of Carl Zeiss Lenses

-35mm F4.5

-50mm F2.8

-135mm F4

as well as Macro extension tubes, light meter, and different (interchangable) prism eyepiece.

Over the next few months, I hope to get my hands on some decent quality film and see what I can do with it.

But for now I’m just running off a few random shots on cheap film to get a feel for the settings and the machine itself.

I’ll keep you posted with the results when I have some that are worth sharing.


1 Response to “My Vintage Camera Equipment”

  1. September 2, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I’m sorry I can’t add much useful information on the equipment itself, as I’m a newbie with 1950s camera gear, but I did just want to say that your photos are incredible. I love the orange glossy shine off of the table, and the lighting contrasts so well with it! I also think the camera itself is very sharp looking as well, especially the engraved writing.

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