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A weird old post this one. You may have noticed these pages have been a little quiet for the last couple of days…Yes?
Well there is a reason.
Your host, the grey-haired and rheumy eyed, wizened old fool, Mr Shpics, had been saving up his ice-cream money in preparation for a visit to his favourite camera toy-shop, (which the informed amongst you will know as ebay). After weeks and weeks of careful penny-pinching, and much criticism from the spend-thrift Mrs Shpics who wanted another pair of shoes, his excitement had built to a fever pitch, and I know Dear Reader, that you can’t wait to find out why…
So…..Did he buy some state of the art auto focus lens for his digital SLR, some Hi-End digital strobes, technically advanced wireless remote systems,or maybe some bang up to date bit of editing software? Well did he?
DID HE FU*K!
The silly old bastard bought a Cold War East German camera EVEN OLDER than he is !!!!!
WHY? I hear you scream…Well I’ll tell ya.
I’ve mentioned before, (quite often if truth be told), that I’m the sort of photographer who HATES gear! I really do..Having to carry anything other than a single piece of equipment really cheeses me off…So, 9 times out of 10, I’ve got a single lens, no tripod, no flash and not even a bag to bung the camera in if it starts to rain…..But I’m still not happy! That DSLR is just too damned heavy!
So…Why not kill a couple of birds with a single well aimed brick?
Why not get a camera which is small, relatively light and comes with bugger all else other than some focussing glass and a shutter, so that you can leave everything behind… apart from your brain?
Cracking idea..Say goodbye to back-ache AND learn how to take photos like you did in the days before the advent of the idiot switch…To that end, (Fanfare), I give you the 1958 Carl Zeiss Jena WERRA 3.
So…I’m guessing you all think I’m a total fu*k-wit! Between you and me you might just be right, but I do have my reasons.
First off, It’s manual focus using a rangefinder, which means you look through a viewfinder off-set to the lens and have to line up a tiny little focussing spot with any horizontal or vertical line you might just happen to find in your subject..The only manufacturer still making range-finders is Leica, but going that route will set you back well over a grand and that’s too many ice-creams that would have to be foregone…Rangefinders are super fast and super steady as there is no mirror like in a DSLR, consequently you can hand hold at really slow speeds and do all sorts of creative things…But there is NO light meter, so exposure has to be calculated in your head and set manually using variable F-stop, shutter speed and iso combinations…Oh, and it uses film of course……FILM!!
So thirty quid for a camera that does pretty much everything a Leica does, with a comparable lens, (this ones got a 50mm Tessar and they don’t come much better), and everything built in to make you a far better photographer..i.e.NOTHING!
It’s a no-Brainer!
Maybe you’ll get to see some photos over the next few weeks…..(Or maybe not).
What do you reckon Dear Reader? Will I rise to the occasion and get some shots worth posting, or will I fall flat on my proverbial face, never to call myself a photographer again?
Answers on a postcard please….
There is some great info about this camera here: http://elekm.net/zeiss-ikon/werra3/
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde