Friday, August 20, 2010

vintage love



A few weeks ago while I was taking pictures at a local antique and consignment shop, I mentioned to the owner that I may be interested in picking up some vintage cameras.  With a grin on her face, she guides me to the back of the building.  Let's just say, I hit GOLD!   In the depths of one booth, I unearthed eight cameras.  I think I actually squeaked in delight.  I now own three Polaroids (including one spectacular folding Land camera),  four Brownies (including the giveaway prize), and the gorgeous mint condition  1936 AGFA Jsolete, a folding 6x6 medium format camera made in Germany.  It is the pre-wartime version with the bakelite top and original name, it was later renamed the Isolete.  I think I am in love.

I have started researching film for it and have found a manual online, although Suki may have to help translate it.  For my companion photo, I was thrilled to find this gorgeous image taken by eva-marie ej with a vintage medium format camera from Germany, the Pentacon Six.  I am so inspired by idea of shooting with film again.  Crossing my fingers that it produces as wonderful results as those below. 

Do we have any vintage camera buffs in the group?  Does anyone shoot with a medium format camera?  Are you loving the revival of the Polaroid at http://www.the-impossible-project.com/?  Are you interested in another antique camera giveaway in the future?

You may start submitting your "Antiques" theme pictures as of today.  Also, we hope you are enjoying the new flickr pool and featured photo page for Mortal Muses Everyday Beauty as much as we are. 

stay sweet. ♥tlb

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Uploaded by eva-maria ej on 15 Aug 10, 1.18PM EDT.

16 comments:

blue elephant photography said...

i'm so jealous of your newly found treasures! i want a vintage camera giveaway!♥ how cool! i just posted a blog about my polaroids a few hours ago =) i ♥ film

Mealy said...

I have a collection of vintage cameras and I find myself wanting more. I can't help but think about that camera's life, the pictures it took and the hands that held it before it landed it mine!

Suki said...

beautiful shots. Love the cameras you found, and I absolutely help you with translating the manual.

Jamie said...

What a GREAT find! I can't wait to see what you do with the vintage cameras, I see some amazing photos in your future

gibknitty said...

those cameras sound like a real find! i look forward to seeing what you do with your "new" Jsolete.

Maureen @ Cottage 960 said...

I so have camera envy. That is one sweet camera you have there. You are going to have so much fun with it.
♥ maureen

Christine Edwards said...

Gorgeous camera...fantastic photo! I have a vintage camera bug, and pick them up when the "price is right". I never really got into photography before digital (I think I was intimidated wasting all of those exposures), but I've recently started shooting with my Diana+ and am having a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing what you capture with your new find!

Marty said...

Both pictures are wonderful...the first makes me feel like I could reach out and touch that camera and the grain on the second one is swoon worthy!

renaizzance said...

Great find at the antique shop! That is a very nice looking Agfa too. I collect old folders, and still do not have an agfa :-( I do shoot film through all my antique cameras -medium format and large format- it is a lot of fun developing film out of those old classics! Good luck with yours..

Jennifée said...

Love that combination of the vintage camera and the beautiful book. For my part, I really enjoy the look and feel of medium format film. I'm very much in love with my Diana+ and have made an attempt to use a Yashica. It's challenging, but certainly something I want to do more of. Good luck with your finds!

michel said...

Your story is something right out of my dreams. I want to start an antique camera collection so badly. I have an aching need! to shoot film again. I love your capture and your pairing. if you ever what to unload a vintage on someone you know who to call! xox

mosey said...

Years ago, an elderly cousin of mine spent his Sundays poking through garage sales and picking up vintage cameras. He gave me a few and I regret that I passed them on to others soon after. What did I need with old cameras?? (silly girl)

I love the connection between these two photos - on the surface they don't have much in common but their contrast and detail make them a pair.

*megula* said...

I love the photo and the camera!

Here's my post about ANTIQUES ~

http://megula.blogspot.com/2010/08/antiques-mortal-muses.html

Thanks again for such great inspiration :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Beautiful photo! There are 2 or 3 gals in my blog circle of friends who collect these, and I have to admit that I'm starting to get tempted!
Rinda

The Kenney Family said...

I pulled out my old 35mm camera and took some pictures in the spring but need to get the photos developed- it was fun hearing the machine come to life. I also got one of those new Polaroid instant cameras- they are fun and add tecture and interest to my art journaling-

Michelle said...

Aaah I'm so jealous! That sounds like such an amazing find! I have a Holga and an old Canon 35 mm camera my aunt gave me, but nothing as cool as this!

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