further adventures in flipped lenses

9712neg0012, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This is my second roll with a flipped lens, and I think it works better on close subjects. You get a spot of focus surrounded by blur when you’re close up, but with distant subjects it tends to be a uniform fuzziness.

9712neg0008, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

9712neg0011, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

speaking of cameras…

Look what came in the mail today!

It’s so tiny! 620 cameras usually were, which is why you can’t just bung a roll of 120 into them, even though it’s technically the same film. Even if you can get the camera closed, it will jam when you try to advance the film.

I am amost positive this camera was never used. Other than a small patch of rust on the bottom clip, she doesn’t have a single scratch or blemish on her.

The box it originally came in, proof that this was someone’s free gift for buying a Mercury Comet. The sender is “Mercury Comet Gift Headquarters”. Apparently, they used to make cars in Detroit. (That was sarcasm.)

And I received my Herco Imperial the same day! The seller shipped it Priority Mail the same day I paid (which was right after I won the auction), and he’s only over in Georgia. This one has a few light scratches on the metal faceplate, but I can live with that. (And I already knew about them, it’s not like the seller tried to hide them.)

Both of these cameras are in great working condition. The film advance knobs turn easily and smoothly, and the shutters trip crisply when you press the buttons. They both have take-up spools in them too, and it’s always helpful to have extra spools.

Now, if only it would stop raining long enough for me to use them!