Going to try and start shooting some more film with some of my old cameras. Since this is one of my favorites I thought I'd give the old Praktica FX2 first shot. Yes, I've taken a few shots with my late model Zeiss Ikon and Bessa R2A but I don't really count those fully as vintage film cameras. Yes they are film, and maybe in twenty more years or so I'll look at them as inclusively as my older cameras. But right now I see them as modern photo tools that just happen to be film.
Don't know why I like this old FX2 so much. Maybe because Praktica was a very budget camera by the time I was old enough to want to buy a camera. You'd see them advertised in the cheap back pages of Popular Photography or Petersen's Photo Graphic. But I still couldn't afford one then even though they were on the cheap side. And when I did finally scrape up enough beans to purchase my first SLR camera, I went for something in a bit better standing at the time, a Pentax Spotmatic F, which I also have a nice copy of and probably will shoot some of my next rolls with. Anyway, I think I must be drawn to the Praktica for the sentimental reason that I dreamed of buying one when I was a yout.
I wouldn't have been buying an FX2 back then anyway because its heyday was a few years before I was ready for a camera. And the reason I bought an FX2 from the 50's instead of one from my earliest buying opportunity in the 60's or early 70's is its a very important camera in the evolution history of the SLR, and it marks the beginning of the end of high quality Praktica cameras. Models following the FX2 began the slide for Praktica downward to the cheap budget line they became in the 60's and on.
If you are interested in further reading, here's a nice article on the FX2 on the Lomography photographic website.
Here the FX2 is mounted with standard fare for the day, the Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 2/58.
Here with the Russian Volna 9 50mm 2.8 Macro on the Praktica FX2. This is the lens I used to shoot most of the test roll with the FX2. I went back to the patch of nice Daisy's that I had found and shot a couple of days ago. I thought it would make a good convenient test and with the overcast day also make some nice soft color with the Fujicolor 200 print film.My goal is to put the film in later this morning and hopefully get the developed negatives back this afternoon. Then I'll try to digitize them by shooting them with my A7RII and a good macro lens ... probably my Sony FE 2.8/90mm Macro G OSS since it's a great macro that's insanely sharp and with great color. Might even get some of the digitized images posted by end of evening but more likely good work for the weekend once its raining again tomorrow.
Next we have a few shots with the legendary Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 1:1.4 f=50mm. A lens as reknowned as the camera it typically came on. The famous Minolta SR T 101. So many great images were taken with this camera and lens combo. Here I'm just exploring the lens with it adapted onto my Sony A7RII.
She's about 107 now in our years!
I love the rendition of the grass here. So many lenses make limey
colored grass but this is wonderfully natural looking to me. Like it!
f2.8, 1/1000th sec, ISO 100
f11, 1/60th sec, ISO 100
Nice old school look here with some plus red in the dark
regions and a wee bit of crosscolor matrix from the old coating.
f4, 1/250th sec, ISO 100