Thanks for posting this historic image, David. I very much like seeing older or historic photos. It has amazing sharpness and colour for such an old Kodachrome; probably due to the Leica and from having been well stored over the years. ...Phil
Great stuff! Thanks for posting. I would love to know which carrier this was.
I see AD1 Skyraiders (an old prop plane that actually survived into the Vietnam war as a "rescap" plane, call sign Sandy). Also, farther forward on the flight deck you can see the tip tanks from either Panther or Cougar straight wing jets. Very early - but this is a Korean War vintage photo. If you ever get to Pensacola, FL, go out to the Naval Air Station and visit the Museum of Naval Aviation. It's really well done. Both static display of lots of aircraft, as well as a bunch of memorabilia and information. Time well spent, IMHO.
I guess the only way I could know what the film is would be to tear away the borders on the slide, but thats a non-starter! I am curious however.
Yep, I am impressed with the way the images seem very balanced from an exposure perspective. He clearly learned how to use the camera. There is supposed to be a trove of old shots out at one of my wife's sister's home in San Diego. Maybe we can go through them some day.
The image of the old Leica is from the other sister who lives up north of Sacramento. I spent about an hour just looking the Leica over and taking some shots of it. It even had the original Leica manual, which I recall as being hardbound.
Yes. Shutter speeds were pretty low. My first 35mm was a Samoca III hand-me-down from my dad. It was another 1950s vintage camera. The highest shutter speed on that camera was 1/100. I shot Kodachrome 25 in it.
If you know the serial number, this list will help you date the body: http://www.cameraquest.com/ltmnum.htm This fine looking Leica might deserve some repair to get working again. I'm thinking of sending my Dad's Leica I from 1930 to http://www.sherrykrauter.com/index.php to see if she can bring it back to life. It was the Kodachromes from that camera that inspired my photography.
Yes, I have my Dad's Polaroid too. It's a shelf queen - largely because there is no film available for it whatsoever. (Yes I know about the new Polariod, it's a different size than what I have, which dates from 1958.)
Unfortunately my own FM2n is largely this way now too. If I need to shoot film, I do it with the F100, because quite a few of my lenses are now G and don't even work on the older lenses. And if I'm after using a camera just to be using it, the F2A gets in the way!
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It looks like the IIIc I had many years ago. My first ever Nikon product was an 85mm f/2 Nikkor with Leica screw-mount that I used on that camera, and used later with a Leica bayonet adapter on a Leica M.
I vividly remember what a spectacular experience it was to actually have a quality ASA 64 film when Kodak first released Kodachrome 64! After several years of struggling with Kodachrome II at ASA 25, 64 was quite wonderful!
To be able to casually shoot at Tri-X speeds and above with my D3 with no loss of IQ still amazes me, but I did some very good work with Kodachrome II and Panatomic X -- I guess you just work with what you have at any given time period...