I seem to be the only selenium-cell shooter. I realize most of the meters are dead by now, but if you found a camera from this era that was safely stored in its case, many times the meter is still active. The selenium cell era was quite interesting.
I use a Sekonic Studio Deluxe that I bought new just several years ago. When I picked it up, the young camera store sales person tried to sell me batteries for it
The only selenium meter camera that I ever used was a Contax "Cyclops".
That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
Sunday I shoot a roll of black and white film in a Pentax MZ5n using a Pentax digital lens. Not sure what type of film it was as brother-in-law gave me his old film including an unlabeled bulk load of Ilford ? so I thought seeing as would be developing it anyways to see what kind of film it was might as well check out how much coverage the 16-45 zoom gave on the full frame. Not only did I get that unknown Ilford but also a small bulk load of FP4+, one roll of Panatomic-X some rolls of HP5 and about ten rolls of exposed film that I offered to develop for him.
By the way I exposed the film at ISO 250 to make sure I got images. It had to be either HP5 or FP4
Interesting . . . I also have a 1937 AGFA Jsolette, and mostly shoot with it in 6x4.5 configuration. Mine has been with me for the last four years, a gift from a friend of mine. They are somewhat rare, even if not super desirable. I had to patch the leather bellows on mine with T-shirt printing ink, but it has held up well enough to shoot transparency film in it.
Currently running a 1935 Wirgin Edinex through the paces after a partial restoration. While not an easy camera to use, it is enjoyable. I hope the images come out nicely.
Recently machined a Linhof board so I could mount an old lens onto my 4x5 and try some portraits. That lens is now my oldest of old gear, an 1853 Holmes, Booth & Haydens 1/4 plate lens (just covers 4x5 at ∞, fine at portrait distances). I will hopefully get to try this one soon.
Kodak Brownie Reflex with 127 Efke R-100
Deardorff 8x10 with the last of my Arista Pro 125 (Ilford FP-4+)
Speed Graphic pre-Anniversary 5x7 with Ilford HP-5+
and if I get around to it...
Nikon F2 with privately labelled Agfa APX-100
Rolleiflex T with Kodak VP
Off on sabbatical will be:
12x20 Folmer & Schwing Banquet (the really big tripod needs some parts)
Gowland 8x10 Aerial with Kodak T-max 400 (waiting for the next full moon)
Blame it on number of "senior moments", the recent eclipse or some other incomprehensible occurance, but....
Within the last two months, I've purchased both a new Canon DSLR, two old Kiev rangefinders and a couple of Russian-made Leica thread-mount lenses to use (with adapters) on my M6 bodies. I'll be using all of the above ASAP.