Super Isolette - First Roll by Jana Uyeda

I have been shopping for another medium format folding camera and enjoyed shooting with my Isolette III which I purchased from Jurgen at Certo6 but I wanted a camera with a coupled rangefinder. The Fujifilm GF670 was tempting, especially with the news that new cameras were discovered in a warehouse years after Fujifilm stopped production. The camera is currently retailing at B&H Photo for $2,199.00 so I returned to Certo6 and picked up a Super Isolette for $500.

The Super Isolette is a 6x6 folding camera with a coupled rangefinder and a 75mm f/3.5 Solinar lens. It has an automatic loading system so I just thread in the film leader, snap the back closed and wind until the film counter on top stops at frame 1. There is no need for a red window on the back. I'm assuming this is similar to the Rolleiflex which senses the thickness of film+paper to start the counter at 1. Shooting was easier than the Isolette III because of the coupled rangefinder and I was able to shoot an entire roll in 30 minutes.

Quick tip - The shutter won't fire if film is not loaded in the camera so if you find yourself testing a Super Isolette just know it needs film to properly test the shutter release.

I found some light leaks in the camera and Jurgen has agreed to fix the camera, another reason I prefer to purchase through Certo6. While the camera is in the shop here are a few shots from my first roll of Kodak Portra 400.

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria by Jana Uyeda

It took seven months to get my images developed from Pinhole Day in Barcelona.

Part of my delay was the old Macbook Pro I had. It was nearly six years old and the touchpad was so warped it barely responded to my gestures which made editing images challenging. The other reason for my delay was that I lost my mojo. If I'm honest I still haven't gotten it back but I'm working on it and expect to update my blog regularly in 2017.

Here are some photos taken with my Canonet QL17 at La Boqueria, Barcelona. It's a large outdoor market with meats, fruits and cheeses. Enjoy!

Confession: I am a Rolleiflex addict by Jana Uyeda

Okay, maybe owning two Rolleis does not make me an addict but after I had sent my first Rolleiflex off for repairs I realized how much I use that camera. Aside from a variety of pinhole cameras the Rolleiflex 2.8D is my go-to camera and without it, I wasn't sure what to shoot with. I have another, slower, TLR but it's prone to flares and I can give you a million excuses why I don't want to shoot 35mm.

Luckily Dave at Dave's Camera Repair called to say he can fix the focus, film advance issues and possibly attach a replacement magnifier which had been missing since I got the camera. He prefers to speak with customers over the phone and I'm afraid I may have gone on and on about other cameras in my home that are in dire need of servicing. Dave laughed and said he could certainly help me out. Repair shops are few and hard to find so I'm excited to have Dave working on my cameras. 

About a week later, I ventured to the Puget Sound Photographic Collectors Society annual swap meet which is one of the largest camera shows on the west coast. My friend Espresso Buzz took photos on his Instagram here and here. In that second shot you can see a row of Rolleiflexes, my kryptonite! The seller had a Rolleiflex 2.8E that looked cosmetically worn but the glass was clear, the parts were clean and it even had the magnifier to fine tune focus. Nate talked him down in price and I swooped in with the cash. 

Here are a few shots from my second Rolleiflex, an impulse buy at the PSPCS which worked out! Phew. Now I can relax while my other Rollei gets cleaned up.

A few shots from the Rolleiflex (before it goes for repairs) by Jana Uyeda

Over the Christmas holiday I shot a number of rolls through my Rolleiflex 2.8D but when I got the film back I realized my favorite camera was skipping 4-5 frames per roll! That's a huge loss, especially with the current price of Kodak films. 

I did a little research to make sure I was loading the film correctly then went out to shoot another two rolls. I shot Ilford HP5+ so I could quickly develop the rolls at home to inspect them and unfortunately I had the same issues. After some discussion with friends (Thank you Shelly) I have decided to send the camera to Dave Easterwood at Dave's Camera Repair in Chelsea, MI. The camera has been with me for several years and I never had it CLA'd so I feel the time has come to send it out for some love and care. 

It may be awhile before I have my camera back so until then, here are some images from the two rolls I shot. These were taken around the University of Washington on a lovely afternoon stroll. 

Quality pinhole time with friends by Jana Uyeda

Working my way through a box of film recently developed by Blue Moon Camera in Portland, Oregon and excited to share these two pinholes today. When I dine out with friends I'll often have a pinhole camera to record the event and love seeing the results.

In the first frame I can see and remember how much I enjoyed the conversation with Shannon and Marisa, so much so that my white cellphone barely left the table.

This next image was taken at a pho restaurant in White Center, a short drive from my home. I was a little less animated and you can even make out my face and hair. I enjoy the distortion in this image with the foreground objects much larger in proportion than they would be in real life. Great fun and great pho!