Antique and Collectable shops have until recently not been places I have frequented, however, I have noticed a few old cameras in some so in a quest to find a gem or two I have started to pop in on the off chance to see what I find.
In one I found a Rollie LED, but they wanted too much for it, the FED4 I shot and sold came from a charity shop for £10.00, so I knew they were out there.
Then one day on the way back from dropping off my wife’s car for a service, we wandered into to Mannuccis Antiques Emporium in Dunstable. I didn’t hold out any hope of finding a classic Leica but I may find something interesting?
I struck lucky.
Not only was there a couple of cameras there, but they had what has turned out to be a lovely Voightlnder CLR rangefinder. A quick barter on the marked price bought me the camera for £20.00! bargain! With it’s match needle meter and 50 mm f2.8 Color-Skopar lens, it looked beautiful in the glass case. On inspection, I found the rangefinder patch a little dim and the shutter release is in the wrong place for me but I thought it was worth a go, even if only for the Voightlander name alone.
For its first outing I loaded it with Fuji Superia 200 colour film I took it to a local classic car rally where my band was playing, and in between sets I went wandering with the camera.
The resulting images were truly amazing in my eyes, sharp, well exposed, and such beautiful colours.
I loved the images so much I felt I needed to shoot some more of this, so the next post will be from this little camera too, but with Lomo 400 film, my go to film for colour, low cost and easy to source almost anywhere.
Have a look at the attached images and let me know if you agree.
Cheers for now!