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John Kossik
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The saga of the medium format telephoto rig continues.

I recently got some better images from my medium format telephoto rig originally outlined here (https://plus.google.com/u/0/108160569228914160735/posts/5P42qbjFbWU & https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/6ibKGntyYYi).

This was one of the best ones of a tree a ways away from my back porch. It is not as sharp an image as I had hoped and I do not know if this is due to the lens itself not being that sharp, error in focus, or camera shake. The Nikon 720mm f/16 ED Telephoto Nikkor T lens I have mounted on it is supposed to be very sharp so I have to assume that the lack of sharpness is due to error in focus and camera shake. The error in focus is probably the biggest issue as at f16 focusing in the split image screen I am using is difficult to say the least. I will also have to recheck the location of the focusing screen as compared to the film location on the RB67 back I am using to ensure that they are the same. Need to get my Vernier caliper out again.

But what this does show though that the basic setup is sound. There are no light leaks in the bellows I made and I was able to get a pretty well exposed image. I have removed my Schneider Symmar 150mm f5.6 lens that I used on another panoramic camera that I built (https://plus.google.com/u/0/108160569228914160735/posts/NZbSPR2EePZ) and mounted it on this rig. With the f5.6 maximum aperture focusing is much easier. I will in the next week or so be taking some macro shots with it (the range for this is small due to the fact that this is really not a macro lens but it can be done). If these come out sharp then I will know that the basic configuration of the focusing of this rig is sound and will then have to work on my long lens technique to get some sharper shots with the 720mm.

Thought some of you would be interested in the update. 
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Agfa B2 Speedex

Acquired for $25 yesterday. Lots of gunk in shutter, cloudy lenses (3 of them in this camera), and bubbled paint and rust on front shutter attachment.

No real problem though as after disassembly the lenses cleaned up nicely and with a little sanding was able to get down to the bare steel on the body. Now need to just degrease the shutter innards, repaint the sanded parts of the assembly, and reassemble. Note the 8 shims. They fit between the shutter and front plate I assume to adjust the infinity focus. Will have to recheck that with some ground glass once I get everything reassembled.

Looks like it was built in 1940 in New York after Ansco merged with Agfa. Don't know how sharp the lens is but we will see. I am sure it will rival any modern digital camera especially with the 6x6 format. Not bad for a 77 year old camera. Simple mechanical devices, so much more "green" than our silicon-chip laden devices today that we toss in the garbage after a year. 
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Google Campus
Kirkland, WA
I debated greatly with myself as to whether or not to post this image, but since images are supposed to tell a story, reflect the currently order of things, and most importantly make people think, I decided to post it.

Does anyone else notice the supreme irony of this image?

This was taken from a public walkway, actually an old railroad right-of-way, that splits the Google campus in half in a very expensive neighborhood in Kirkland, WA. There will soon be light rail traveling here much to the chagrin of the local homeowners but that is another story.

The caboose is a restored one from the Northern Pacific Railway that was built at the turn of the 20th century running from Seattle to Chicago. Taking the northern route is passed over Stevens Pass (Now Hwy 2 in Washington State) named for John Frank Stevens whom was the lead engineer on it as well as the first Panama Canal and later was involved in the Trans-Siberian Railway. The original route he built is now abandoned but parts of it are a hiking trail in the Cascades that I have been numerous times (https://plus.google.com/u/0/108160569228914160735/posts/JtvugtAfDMJ). Needless to say a symbol of building real things.

Now look to the right and a little up in the window just to the left of the corner of the building. It is difficult to see with B&W film but my 50+ year old camera still captures it. Yes, that is a large Chinese flag. Notably on my walk I could find no US flags displayed anywhere on the campus.

Lastly, look at the corner of the building with the Google sign. Google, notably instrumental in the demise of print media. And right below it the number of the building, 451. The temperature at which paper burns as Mr. Bradbury has stated.

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B (532/16)
Ilford Delta 400

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Freighter with Windmills
St. Clair River at Blue Water Bridge
Nikon N90
Nikkor 50mm f1.2
Agfa Vista 400 
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Hazel
Nikon N90
Nikkor 50mm F1.2
Agfa Vista 400
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Appalachian Trail north of Newfound Gap at Sweat Heifer Creek Trail cut off
May 2017
Nikon FM3a
Agfa Vista 200
Nikkor 50mm f1.2
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Cumberland Gap, TN
Nikon FM3a
Agfa Vista 200
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Seashells
Bowman's Beach
Sanibel Island, FL
May 2017
Nikon FM3a
Fuji Pro 400
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Failure, at least initially.
I finally got around to getting the first roll of film developed and scanned exposed in the medium format telephone rig I made (https://plus.google.com/u/0/108160569228914160735/posts/5P42qbjFbWU & https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/6ibKGntyYYi).
Focus not even close. Could have been that or the shaking of the camera since I was using a 720 mm lens. The artifact along the top is also a quandary. And this was the best shot off the roll!

No matter, I knew this would be a difficult camera to use, especially with a manually focused lens at 720mm and a largest aperture of f16. Alas it will take some more practice. I will try again this weekend, perhaps some easier shots at the Woodland Park Zoo. 20 MPH winds won't be knocking the camera around like they were on this day. It will just take some time.
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City Hall
Downtown Chillicothe, OH
May 2017
Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B (532/16)
iIford delta 400 pro
As expected the resolving of detail with medium format, especially with B&W is to me amazing.
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