Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta

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I'd like to introduce you to the newest addition to my growing collection of cameras, Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta 521/16 (clearly her Christian name). As I mentioned in my previous post, I purchased two new cameras while strolling through Brick Lane Market on London's east end. One of these cameras was a ninety year old Zeiss-Ikon camera. It's an old German camera with an accordion style lens that folds back into itself and has held up quite well over all these years. The day after purchasing it, I came across a Calumet Photo in Soho that was selling the 120 film needed for my newest acquisition, so I grabbed a box and waited in anticipation until the following day to begin shooting with it. It's strange how something as seemingly minor as looking through a square viewfinder as opposed to a standard rectangle can change your entire perspective. I've become so accustom to framing my whole world in a particular manner that it was quite fun for me to be forced to look out with new eyes.

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Anyway, these are some of the photographs I took with the new camera. Due to a bit of jet-lag and my attempt to multi-task in the short five hours I had between flights, my first roll suffered from a few chemical stains and an uneven exposure, but I kind of like them with their imperfections. .

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The second batch turned out much better, as I was taking my time and completely focused on the developing process.

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If you're unfamiliar with 120 film, it's much larger than the standard 35mm and only contains twelve shots per roll, hence the square format of the photographs. These were just kind of for fun but I'm really excited about the possibilities that lay ahead with this new addition. I already have a few projects in mind and can see the value this camera possesses.
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More London photos + an artist featurette with illustrator Ryan Selvy are on the way in the upcoming days!
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