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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Camera Talk

See if you can tell where I switched from the Underwood 19 to the All-new Remington Portable.

The artist (in the dress) and the dignitary du jour, and...

the artwork.

Formerly a useful gauge.  Never see din anymore.

One more item to bring it back to typewriters.  Yesterday I went thrifting and found only one decent machine, which I would have bought for someone else but I don't need in my stable. 

Hard to see, but this has the matching platen color.  It was at Vinnie's yesterday.


  1. So that Smith-Corona has a platen the same color as the body? Never seen that!

  2. Yeah, the last Galaxy II Deluxe I had also had a matching platen (in a darker blue, like the paint). They're actually quite nice machines, but just a touch rattlier than the older Galaxies.

    You switched steeds right after the line "The Minolta wins on features, by a nose."

    My Agfa light meter has DIN as one of the readout windows. I have no idea what it means other than it seems to have something to do with aperture settings.

  3. Ted, DIN is the European equivalent of our ASA (now ISO) designation of film speeds and it's logarithmic instead of ASA's geometric progression. That's why they don't seem related: ASA doubles as 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, etc., and DIN doubles as 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, etc. Nothing directly to do with the aperture settings; it's for setting the light meter to the film speed in use.

    DIN is for "Deutsches Institut für Normung", ASA is for "American Standards Association", and ISO is for "International Organization for Standardization". Yeah, I know it doesn't spell the acronym but that's because it is specifically not an acronym.

    Some day you'l find a light meter that uses the Weston system. Have Fun with Film!

    == Michael Höhne

    1. My lightmeter has Weston system! I bought it for a college project so I could make accurate exposures with my Bolex 16mm camera. I have used it since but I took the precaution to engrave the conversion formula to ASA on the body - lest one forgets.

    2. Cool, thanks for the info, Michael! Luckily, the Agfa also has a readout for ISO, so it's useful to know that they are directly related. No film for me, I'm afraid - I'm mating old manual glass to a 21st century digital body. I can shove over typewriters to make room for lenses, but not so much to make a darkroom. :D

  4. *arithmetic*, not geometric, duh


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