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
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.