Last night both Miranda and I were totally bagged so we went to bed early. (early in our house in sometime before midnight but sometime after 11:30) This turning in early meant that I was awake this morning at 5:30am I stayed in bed however thinking of all the cool places that we will go when we get back from Cuba. I then rolled out of bed early for the Camera Show & Swap in Burnaby. It was, as expected, a bunch of tables filled mostly with random cold war copies of good cameras. I did however find myself something that I have been looking for for a while now. A Medium Format SLR in the style of regular 35mm SLR’s. The most well known example of this would be the Mamiya 7, but they are sought after and a bit pricey for me and my habit! I instead found the next best thing Communist Germany had to offer. The Pentacon six TL.
Its your run of the mill focal plane shutter camera with either a waist finder or a pentaprism. Comes with a 80mm (50mm equivalent in 35mm format) Carl Zeiss Lens and boasts shutter speed ranging from 1/1000 to 1 Sec & Bulb. It shoots 6X6 and is stamped MADE IN GERMANY (EAST) on all the parts which all equals good times. I have loaded a roll of colour 400 in it and depending on what we are up to today I will try and shoot it off. I doubt that there will be any time to post results on the blog before we leave but I will try!