Well, I suppose I have to post something or this isn’t really much of a blog. My keen grasp of the obvious at work yet again.
So, here are a few photos to start things off. These were all from the same roll of Tri-X run through a prime example of the Soviet disdain for cutting edge technology and patent law, the FED-2. Specifically, a very late FED-2 D7 with an Industar-26, probably manufactured in the late 1960s, when the rest of the world had already moved well beyond Barnack’s cloth-shuttered 1930s design. Not the Russkies. They weren’t going to drop something that worked after a measly three or four decades. Not until those 1950s indigenous Soviet designs were ready for production anyway, which, as it turned out, was probably around 1982. By which time the designers were probably languishing in a gulag or driving a cab in New York. But I digress.
Anyway, here’s a few samples of what a Communist-built hunk of steel can do. All are as-shot, scanned on a Canon 8800F. No post-processing except for manual dust removal in a few isolated spots.