Agfa Clack + Fuji Velvia 50... What now?

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  1. oliver|PHOTO

    oliver|PHOTO Member

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    Hi guys!

    I need some help here. A where else to turn than APUG?

    Ive bourght a mint (seriously mint) Agfa Clack for something like $2.. I got a roll of 120 Fuji Velvia 50. I have put it in and im ready to go.

    Problem is however, that this will be my first ever 120 film. And also my first ever try at medium format. And I have never used a Agfa Clack.

    As you can understand, I need some help...

    How do I shoot this bad boy?

    Thanks in advance, and go easy on a medium format virgin ;-)


    Oliver
     
  2. seawolf66

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    Lets see you open the camera up then figure the distance to subject, set camera to that distance and set the Iris to F-16 and set shutter to 1/125 of a sec
    and hold steady or place on tripod and shoot repeat till film is used Up : [ !/125 at F-16. is the sunny sixteen rule ] Have fun:
     
  3. oliver|PHOTO

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    Trouble is, that the Agfa Clack has two aperture settings. Cloudy at f/11 and sunny at f/12.5.. and there are no such thing as shutter speed controle it is either 1/35 or bulb...

    Focal lenght is 95mm as far as I can figure out.

    Cheers
     
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  4. mbsmith

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    Oliver,
    first off, have fun with it, the clack is a true gem :smile:

    Setting the focus and aperture is pretty easy since it only gives you a few options. For distances less than 3 meters, you set the little tab to the red-lettered side that reads: 1-3m. For distances of 3-infinity, you can select either "sunny" or "cloudy". Either of those settings will work for focusing at distances greater than 3 meters (ambiguity is all the rage).

    I'm not sure on the exact shutter speeds, but I've used my clack with "great" results all hand-held (just try to hold relatively still). The only potential problem is overexposure, but with velvia 50, you should be fine. (I've shot up to 200 speed at standard dev without completely blowing it out)

    Hope this helps!
    Enjoy.

    Mike
     
  5. David William White

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    I love my Clack. I've got a 6x9 version, but not such a great deal because it's mostly blurry on each side anyway! No worries on the film, these were made when "high-speed" film was 100asa. Since you are shooting slide film, just make sure the sun is behind you.

    One thing to mention. There is a red window with a cover so you can see the frame numbers when you wind. Older film was red-light safe. Go into the shade to peek and wind to the next frame.

    Just thought of one kinda neat thing about the Clack that you might use to creative effect. The shutter cocks and fires in one motion, meaning you can do some interesting motion stuff quickly by click-click-click'ing as a girl on a bike passes by, or suchlike.
     
  6. ntenny

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    What do you do with 6x9 slides? Do they even make projectors that big, or do you just have to hold them up to the light and look at them in the positive-film equivalent of a contact print?

    I am *not* wondering what slides from my Foldex 20 would look like. Nope. :smile:

    -NT
     
  7. David William White

    David William White Member

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    Naw...I shoot black and white in my Clack.
     
  8. Mark Fisher

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    Actually, I'd recommend getting some 120 print film (color, chromogenic black and white, or B&W) or at least a lower contrast slide film (e.g. Astia) to give yourself a bit more leeway in the exposure. Or just try it in the sun with the smaller aperture and see what happens!
     
  9. Rick A

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    Clacks were made in an era when asa 32 Verichrome was one of the faster films around. Get out into the sunshine, stop down, and have fun.
     
  10. Thingy

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    It looks the perfect camera to use in Aarhus! Try it out in the tranquil woods at Riiskov or photographing some of the historic homes just outside the front entrance of Aarhus Psychiatric Hospital. I visited a psychiatrist friend of mine there a few years ago, just in case you're wondering, who showed me the hirtoric part of the hospital where the wealthy private patients lived in the Denmark of King Christian X's childhood. If the images come out slightly blurred it will add to the romanticism of the place.
     
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    Nope, just scan them and enjoy. The Clack is a ridiculously simple camera to use. Just 2 options, (overcast/sunny) and (time/bulb). That's IT! Don''t forget to pay attention to the proper # in the rear red window (there's only 8 shots to a roll), and you should do fine.

    Don't expect too much, it's not in the same MF league as Rollei, Hassy, Fuji, etc.