Semi-Random Photo for 3 September 2013

With the Canonet QL19 on the slow boat to Australia, it seems only appropriate to feature one of the photos I took with it. This shot really shows just how good the lens is (as usual, click for a larger view) . A fitting send-off, I think.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Tri-X
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Tri-X

Another One Bites the Dust

That title’s a bit of an overstatement; no dust has actually been metaphorically bitten in the narrow sense, but I have sent another camera out into the Great Beyond to find more use with a new owner. Having already spilled countless electrons here on the problem of having too many cameras to use, and knowing full well that more will come my way no matter what I do, I have been trying to make some hard decisions regarding which cameras actually belong in the “collection” and which ones are simply visitors, temporary lodgers staying for an indeterminate period but ultimately destined to move on.

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Giving it some thought, my Canon Canonet QL19 clearly fell into the latter category. I don’t have a bad word to say about the camera; it was quite pleasant to use and had a good, fast lens, and I took some rather nice photos with it. But when placed alongside the other potential choices in my Big Box O’ Cameras, it was never going to be the first one chosen. For its sheer flexibility and my personal affinity for it, the Canon P outfit has pride of place at the moment, and I see little chance of that changing anytime soon. With the arrival of the Konica III and the continuing presence of the FED-2 – neither likely to depart for various reasons – my rangefinder needs are pretty well covered. So the QL19 was placed up for sale, purchased by a buyer halfway around the world in Australia.

While a good chunk of the reasoning behind its sale was simply to keep the accumulation to a controllable level, there was also the familiar rationalization that sale of one thing allows you to buy something else, and I’d become mildly obsessed with trying out at least one different LTM 50mm lens for the Canon P (nothing wrong with the trusty Jupiter-8, but choices lead to questions, and questions need to be answered). Rangefinder lenses aren’t cheap, so there was going to be precious little buying and a lot more obsessing unless and until I refreshed the photography slush fund. The proceeds from the sale of the Canonet have already been spent (and then some) dealing with this latest little GAS outbreak, but that story will have to wait for another time.

Signs of Spring

It was a long and ugly winter here, but it seems that finally the green things are taking the place of the white stuff. I would have been remiss not to have photographed some of these (with a nod to the late Bob Ross) happy little plants as they pushed relentlessly upward out of their own particular nooks toward the sun.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

The camera in question for all of these shots was the humble Canonet QL19. Considering it is a relatively simple rangefinder that was squarely aimed at the consumer market, the results are pretty good, I think.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

Similarly modest was the film, Kodak’s old standby Gold 400. Sure, the images might have been a tiny bit better with a pro-grade emulsion, but I’m certainly not complaining about the results.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

I intentionally overexposed this last one (probably about four stops) in order to get shallow depth-of-field with the widest possible aperture and to get that dreamy, soft light effect (the latter was less a certainty than a vague hope, if I’m honest). That so much detail remains speaks to just how good modern color negative film is at handling overexposure.

Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400
Canon Canonet QL19, Kodak Gold 400

As you may have noticed, Your Humble Filmosaur is experimenting with borders. I think it helps these particular photos, though I’m not sure whether I will continue the practice. It will probably depend on my mood. I can be capricious that way.