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2010-07-23 (Friday, week 29) at 08:12
2010-07-23 (Friday, week 29) at 08:47
This is a “Zeiss-Ikon Contina”, a “point and shoot” of that time, it appeared on the market in 1955.
It is quite luxurious with bult in selenium light metering, semi automatic film loading, frame counter, a real viewfinder, multiexposure lock and much more. Note that it is capable of synchronising flashes of two different kinds (X and M settings). It also has a self timer, which allows an eight second delay before the shot is taken (V setting).
Exposure is also “semi automatic” after you transfer the light meter reading to the Prontor-SVS shutter and aperture mechanism.
Load film and prepare camera:
0a. Top center dial: Set the film ISO (ASA!) value by turning the INNER ring with the little knob between “ASA” and “DIN”
0b. Rotate the frame counter ccw to “0” (black ring with ccw arrow on top of forwarding lever)
0b. The “knob” in body lower left corner opens the door.
0c. Turn left hand knob cw to have it raise as shown, then pull it out fully.
0d. Load the film, make sure the back side rightmost spool groove and pin receives the first end of the film, allowing pulling.
0e. go on loading the film cartridge with the reverse of procedure shown on the last images above.
0f. Close the door.
0g. Pull the right hand lever and press shutter at least two times, while watching the left hand knob turn.
0h. Feel the left hand knob, as you turn it clockwise it should raise 10mm turn a litte more, tensioning the film, then stop.
To shoot a frame: (directions for camera view from front)
1. Open the flap on the front by an easy push right on the little hinge-knob on the left side.
2. Point the camera at the subject.
3. While aiming at the subject, turn the top (middle) wheel so that the ring in the scale meets the pin.
4. Close the flap, pushing it slightly right before closing it, allow it to fall left to lock up.
5a. Read the value pointed at by the red arrow on the top wheel. That is your measured EV value.
5b. Now adjust Aperture and Shutter speed relation to that EV:
5c. Push and hold the knob (faintly visible on images) on the right side of the aperture ring (closest to body)
5d. The ring comes movable in relation to the shutter speed scale. Set the value on the scale on lover left side of the scale against the red arrow. Release the knob. Note that it may be necessary to also adjust the shutter speed ring before it is possible to position the EV value correctly at the arrow.
6. Now turn the interlocked aperture and shutter speed rings to select either suitable aperture (smaller value creates shorter depth of field) or shorter shutter speed (to freeze movement).
7. Use the frontmost ring to set the subject distance, note the depth of field scale readings for the selected aperture.
7. The shutter button is the top of the forwarding lever, there is a cable release mount thread too (the hole).
8. Advance the film to next frame and reload shutter spring by use of one long pull on the lever.
To unload film:
As the last frame has been shot, a full pull on the lever isn’t possible – it stops short. As this happens, do this:
1. Find the recessed button on the camera body bottom side on lever side. Push and hold it.
2. While holding the button use the top left side knob to rewind the film fully inte the cartridge, there is a distinct flapping sound as the end enters the cartridge.
3. Open the back door.
4. Turn the know ccw to have it raise as shown on the images above… as it has risen it is possible to pull it out further – which releases the cartridge fully.
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