Tag: Contax IIIa

Texture and Sharpness

This image is from a visit to High Park in the fall of 2015. The combination of the Rollei RPX 25 film, Rodinal developer and the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm/1.5 lens mounted on my Contax IIIa made for very good sharpness, I love these slow speed films! (I left the sprockets etc. in the scan because I liked the way it looks 🙂 ).

Contax RPX 25015



Near a condo development in the west end I found this interesting pedestrian bridge close the the lake.


Contax IIIa, 50mm/1.5 Zeiss Sonnar lens
Tri-X developed in Xtol 1+1 for 9 minutes @ 20 C

StandOff With a Squirrel

I only had a 50mm normal lens; I knew it and the squirrel knew it, and I couldn’t get closer without the squirrel scurrying off. I think the squirrel was silently chuckling.


Contax IIIa, 5omm/1.5 Sonnar lens
Rollei RPX 25 film developed in Rodinal 1+50


Another image created with my Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 lens (on my Contax IIIa rangefinder). At a wide aperture (in this case f2) this is not a sharp lens, and it has a focus shift that makes it a challenge to work with. I do like its atmosphere though.



Contax IIIa, Zeiss Sonnar 50mm/1.5 lens
Svema Foto 100 film, developed in Xtol 1+1 for 10 minutes @ 20 C

Zeiss Sonnar

This image was created using my Zeiss Sonnar 50mm/1.5 lens. This is a very quirky lens when used at large apertures, and will definitely take some learning!



Contax IIa, 50mm/1.5 Zeiss Sonnar lens
Svema Foto 100 film developed in Xtol 1+1 10 minutes @ 20 C

A Quiet Moment

I don’t often get a chance to photograph children, so it was fun recently to get a few images of the younger son of a good photographer friend of mine. He likes to move around a lot, so the manual focus was a challenge!

A few light leaks on the film 😦

Son of a friend


Contax IIIa (35mm rangefinder from the 1950’s) 50mm/2 Jupiter 9 lens
Svema 125 Colour Film (C-41)

Another Everyday Abstraction

It can be fun looking for interesting patterns and shapes in everyday mundane objects, and a bus shelter in Toronto is about as mundane as it gets. But today’s image was created by strong sunlight beaming through a bus shelter onto the concrete sidewalk, and the geometry seemed interesting to me.


(Contax IIIA, Jupiter 8 52/2 lens, HP5+ developed in HC-110 dilution B, 7:30)