Am I nuts or what? :D

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by DocFrankenstein, May 28, 2005.

  1. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,646
    Likes Received:
    6
    I now am a proud owner of a zeiss ikon... point and shoot? :D

    It was so lonely... lying there. And for only 10 bucks I couldn't pass it up. :)

    It's a zeiss ikon contina. Pantar 1:2.8 f=45mm lens. Made in germany stuggart. (I hope it's not DDR!)

    After some q-tips and vodka it looks really good. The shutter is pretty much busted... and from what I can tell, it lags by about a stop from the indicated value. Hopefully 30+ shutters speeds are accurate.

    It got better after a few dozen cycles.

    What do I need to know about it?
     
  2. Rob

    Rob TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Messages:
    6,217
    Likes Received:
    134
    Location:
    London
    It's a cool camera - very similar to my Voightlander Vito. I did exactly the same and cleaned with cotton buds and voddie as Boots the Chemist wouldn't sell me alcohol (thought I'd drink it I guess).

    The selenium light meters are not particularly accurate - mine is about 1.5 stops out - are you sure this isn't the problem, rather than the shutter? You'll probably find it's consistently out and you can change the exposure value number by the appropriate amount to get it right.

    You shouldn't really need to know anything more - it does exactly what it says on the tin!

    I use mine as a camera that wouldn't be stolen from the pub (and they're pretty much indestructible!).

    Enjoy it!

    Rob
     
  3. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,646
    Likes Received:
    6
    ROFLMAO

    That sucks. Voddie works better than pure alc anyways.
    [​IMG]
    I'm pretty sure. Cause I didn't use the lightmeter yet, and I can just tell by looking at the thing... 1/4 was way more than quarter of a sec... maybe .7-.8 sec...

    Now it started to stick badly! Even 1/30 sticks about every 5th time...

    But 1/60 works okay... and according to the camera collector whom I met at the store, 125 and 300 are always accurate... maybe 60 would be accurate too, or at least consistant.
    LOL If the meter underexposes by a stop, and the shutter overexposes by I stop... I don't even have to compensate :D

    Now I'll be hunting for one with a good shutter and mint lens! Don't know why though. lol
     
  4. hobbes28

    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    4,807
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    at work...
    You're not crazy at all. In NH we have this road that we call antique alley that runs for about 20 miles with lots of antique stores on it. Every time we go that way I'm looking for another old camera to collect. Not to just put on the shelf but to use for shooting. And I'm not the only one here...I know one person in particular who has quite the collection himself... :D
     
  5. SonicAdvDX

    SonicAdvDX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 29, 2005
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Well, wait, were you having trouble with the shutter speed, or what; I'm not exactly getting what you're saying...

    But, if it's the speed that you're having a problem with, then it didn't get better; you did. I had the same problem with my 1995 Olympus, with practically a three second shutter speed. >_<* But, I got used to it and my hands steadied up for me. ^_^
     
  6. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,646
    Likes Received:
    6
    :D

    I didn't get better. The actual shutter sticks/opens for longer than expected. IE when I'm at 1/4 seconds, the shutter is open for a second or so...
     
  7. SonicAdvDX

    SonicAdvDX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 29, 2005
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Ah... Hm, that's weird... But, it's better now, right?
     
  8. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,646
    Likes Received:
    6
    Nah - not really.

    300, 125 and 60 are reliable, or so it seems. I haven't tested the thing yet.

    30 sticks sometimes, and sometimes it's visibly slower than expected. Slower shutter speeds are pretty much random. But the bulb works ok, so I may be able to use that.

    Good enough for 10 bucks. I got a taste of zeiss, now I'll be on the lookout for german junque on garage sales.
     
  9. SonicAdvDX

    SonicAdvDX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 29, 2005
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Heh, yeah, I guess you got what you paid for, eh? XP I always hated that phrase so much, too... ^_^;
     

Share This Page