Film Photography Podcast – Episode 141 – February 1st, 2016
Show Notes By: Alex Luyckx
It’s the Internet Radio show for people who are obsessed with film! On the table today are such cameras as the Zorki 4 and Regula Olympia Auto-Set I, Mat Marrash interviews Stephen Takacs, plus listener letters and more! So keep it tuned in and join Michael Raso, Mark Dalzell and John Fedele!
Mat kicks it off with his good friend and darkroom buddy Stephen Takacs from Columbus, Ohio. Stephen has two upcoming gallery shows (what shoes?) that would be of great interest to FPP’ers in the US Mid-West. The first runs from January 15th to February 26th at the Ohio State University Faculty Club. Titled Photofinishing is based on film that he shot in 2010 of Photography Businesses across the United States and the best part is that it was all shot on Kodachrome! The second show is titled “Brownie-In-Motion” and runs from February 19th to March 19th at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. The show features images shot using a massive Camera Obscura that looks like a retro Kodak Brownie Camera, it also doubles as a portable darkroom! You can see more on the project website: brownieinmotion.org or go and check out the gallery show!
From the other side of the Iron Curtain Mark has a nice little cult rangefinder from the famous KMZ factory! The Zorki 4 was the most popular camera from the Zorki line being produced from 1959 to 1973 gaining numerous types and revisions along the way. Mark’s example is a 1969 Type 10. This camera features the M39 or Leica-Thread-Mount and usual came with either a Jupiter-8 or Industar-50 lens. Fully mechanical and lacks any sort of light meter like the Leica II on which it is based. But unlike the Leica II it doesn’t carry the same price tag. This makes the camera a good choice when it could take a beating mostly because they were pretty solidly built and can be easily fixed. Mark just warns about the take up spool, it can fall out when you pull off the whole back to load and unload film.
And more on the crappy side of cameras, Mark has a unique little gem in the form of the Regula Olympia Auto-Set I. This is as he says not a nice feeling camera but it does have a rather oddball automatic mode. The camera itself is a zone-focus viewfinder camera from the 1960s and feels rather cheap. It uses a selenium meter to set the exposure. Which itself isn’t weird, but it’s how it determines the exposure. In automatic mode the shutter speed is based on the film speed which you set on a dial, then it will pick the appropriate aperture. Now if you have a non-working meter, you can set the camera to either Bulb or Flash mode. In flash mode the camera sets the shutter to 1/30th of a Second, then you can manually pick an aperture. In bulb mode the aperture is locked at f/2.8. The camera does offer a range of f/2.8 to f/22 on the 45mm lens, so it can be used, but it’s basically a box camera. Mark isn’t really a fan of the camera itself, save the odd-ball automatic mode.
That’s it for this show! We’ll be taking a winter break as we move operations to a new studio! We’ll fill you in on our BIG MOVE when we return in March.
In the meantime, you can still reach us at email@example.com and at our Butler address: Film Photography Podcast PO Box 152, Butler, NJ, 07405, USA (this address will be active throughout 2016).