Kodar Lens

Here’s a different look at my Duaflex II. And, yes… I remembered to duck, so any reflections do not belong to me. You’re welcome. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Derek Zoolander: “Well I guess it all started the first time I went through the second grade. I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking ‘wow, you’re ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career.”

Matilda: “Do what for a career?”

Derek Zoolander: “Be professionally good looking.”

– Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor – Zoolander

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modifiedΒ  in Adobe Photoshop


74 thoughts on “Kodar Lens

  1. I don’t know much about cameras but I this photo of the lens is really cool. You should let your reflection show in it. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend, Sig!

    • I only know enough to make messes and break things… but I always have fun with it… which is the main thing, right?! Thank you so very much, Dev! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend as well!

  2. I have to ask. What comes first the photo or the quote? You always seem to have the most amazing quote from a movie to go with the shots. Unless you automatically memorize every piece of dialogue when you see a film I don’t know how you do it.

    • A very good question! The photo always comes first. After I decided on one I look at the image and think to myself, ‘Uh… this is… kind of… yeah. What’s anyone going to be able to say about this?’ So I start looking for any random connection to a movie I’ve seen. And I hardly ever remember the exact quote (so I have to cheat and look most of them up).

    • Not at all, B.F… you’ve never asked any stupid questions! I believe this particular model was produced in the 1950’s… kind of cool, huh?!
      And thank you so much! Yet again! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well, B.F!

  3. TLR love is the best. I like the three f/ stop options, “Only shoot during the day. What? You want to shoot at night? Forget about it!” Plus I like the fact you use the 300D, it makes me feel better about still using it’s slightly bigger brother, the 350D (Rebel XT). Nice shot dude.

    • Hahaha… I know, right?! For making memories… if/when the moment… and the weather… and the lighting is right!
      I’m just happy it’s still hanging in there with me! It’s a bit worn by now… the rubber is nearly gone from the hand grip, the battery door takes a few extra nudges to secure contact with the battery sometimes, but for all the work this camera has done over the years I sure don’t have many complaints!
      Thanks so much for stopping by Mr. B! And for the very kind comment as well! I sincerely appreciate it, sir!

  4. This is a wicked idea SIG
    A camera shot of a camera,
    shot by a camera now that
    is incredibly cool πŸ™‚

    Have a great evening SIG πŸ™‚


  5. It looks so user-friendly! Can’t remember how these were when dropped? I dropped my only (film) camera early on in a one-time visit to Ireland before I got the tiny Nikon CoolPix digital.. I’m pretty sure you’ve never done anything quite that bad–every photo print had an earthquake tilt to it… sigh. Anyway, a very warm and homey photo– I don’t know how you do it, but you do it so often..

    • Hmm… that’s a very good question! Hopefully I don’t find out the answer the hard way, though! Fortunately I haven’t dropped anything yet… but it’s really only a matter of time. I have had several freak-outs, though (where I thought I was about to drop a lens or a camera) and then really did nearly drop it after over-compensating for a fall that wasn’t really happening.
      Thank you so very much! You are incredibly kind!

  6. Excellent! Thanks for letting us know you ducked. I would have spent hours trying to find your reflection in the lens. (I don’t understand why people think I don’t have a life.)

    • Absolutely! I feel the very same way! In some ways it’s a good thing a lot of the old gear I drool over is so expensive… otherwise I probably would spend a fortune on the stuff without even realizing it!

    • They are fascinating, aren’t they?! Just think of all the things this camera has seen! Pretty cool, I think.
      Thank you so very much, N.M.! You are always so incredibly kind!

    • Absolutely! I love all the history old cameras have in them… there’s something almost magical about that, I think!
      Thank you so much, Cristina! I hope you have a wonderful week as well!

  7. Aweome, Sig!
    “I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking β€˜wow, you’re ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career.” I am now determined to go back a re-watch Zoolander based on that line alone. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Nancy!
      Hahaha… I know, right? Although, ‘I hear words like “beauty” and “handsomness” and “incredibly chiseled features” and for me that’s like a vanity of self absorption that I try to steer clear of.’
      (in my best Hansel)

  8. Trying not to be a reflection is really hard with some objects. I had to photograph the trophies that Wingate & Finchley won the season before last. In the end I hit upon the idea of photographing them with a 200mm zoom – that made my reflection very small and easily photoshopped out.

    Lovely old bit of kit – like the way you’ve limited the depth of field to really highlight the lens and separate it from the background controls πŸ™‚ Just as well you didn’t use flash otherwise you might have got red-eye πŸ˜‰

    • That would be a challenge, Martin! Sounds like you came up with a good solution, though!
      Why, thank you! The more that I look at this the more I wish I actually had a tiny bit less D.O.F… I’m afraid it almost reads like I wasn’t trying to go for that blur/separation (which I was) because it might not be blurred quite enough. And I could have faked that so easily in Photoshop… I might go back and play with that at some point.

  9. Excellent ! I have been toying with the idea of necro-media. These are forms of mass media that are either no longer being used , have significantly changed their role in society, or have become the content/subject of other media forms. This post would be a good example of this concept.

    • Sounds fascinating! It’s kind of funny… on the one hand the advantages of technology are almost too many to mention… on the other there’s so much nostalgia for the things of the past… the more hands-on in a lot of processes. It would be nice if we could find a nice mix of both worlds, I think.

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