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    So I got myself an Ikoflex

    I had been peeping Ikoflex porn on the web for many months, usually just before bed while my girlfriend browsed Pinterest. And when she'd ask me what I was looking at, I would turn red and say, "oh just camera stuff."

    Now, after all that "research," I've got one on the way.

    It's a pre-war II/III, handpicked for its pedestrian Triotar lens.

    I've fancied myself a lens snob for some time and I view it as a sign of maturity that I settled on the character of the uncoated triplet over the more fashionable Tessar variant.

    I'm not entirely new to medium format. Once, a long time ago, I used a Pentax 67 for about a year. But I have made probably 20x the number of 35mm negatives that I have medium format negatives and at least that many prints. I eventually traded my Pentax 67 gear for a Contax S2 setup. My introduction to Contax and Zeiss.

    And that, as they say, was that. It was 35mm only, from that point forward.

    So, this Ikoflex en route to me marks the beginning of a new era. I already have a freezer full of expired 120 film, a lot of Plus-X and TMY plus some color E-6 that I got for a dollar a roll, right out the freezer of a pro who retired locally. And I have an Omega c67 that's with a dust cover draped over it, sitting patiently in my darkroom.

    Anyway, I am excited.

    And I finally told my girlfriend what I had been doing every night before bed. She was nonplussed, bordering on disinterested.

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    What exactly attracted you to the triplet? I have a mint Yashica D that I'm hesitating getting rid of because A) it's so clean and B) it has the Yashikor lens vs. my girlfriend's 'Cord which has a Xenar. Scan of some long-expired TX is attached.
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    I like that there crazy bokee.

    I recently sold my Planar 50 1.4, which I used if I was ever asked to produce professional portraits (this happened once — by my sister-in-law, who mostly didn't want to pay someone). Ninety-nine percent of my shooting is candids, street ... so if I want to do portraits, I usually have time, and medium format is better suited. And that crazy bo-kee is perfect for portraits. IMHO...that photo of the tree is great. I think you ought to consider keeping you're Yashica.

    An aside... in my first college photography class, I wasn't entirely new to photography but close to it. I was using a Canon Rebel my dad had got me for Christmas a few years earlier. There was a kid in class who was using a Yashica with the Yashikor, and when it came to crit time, I always admired the images he had — and this image reminds me of that.
    Last edited by pstake; 06-30-2013 at 08:45 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: grammar, of course!

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    Ikoflexes are nice cameras. Some people don't like the way film is loaded on an Ikoflex compared to a Rollei or a Yashica but it never bothered me at all. I've used a couple of the tessar versions and got great results. The triotar lens should be fine for the use you have stated.

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    Good luck with your Ikoflex.

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    IIRC from reading his biography, Gene Smith preferred Ikoflexes to Rolleis. I've got a couple of them; the one thing that I didn't like so much was that the focusing knob seems less well attached than are those on Rolleis. Of course, it's the photo that matters, not the focusing knob so much. I'm sure you'll enjoy yours.

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    I had an early Rolleicord with a Triotar and it was an interesting lens, much more capable than some suggest. Very nice for portraits, I used up the last of the old E4 film a friend gave me with mine, we'd already switched to E6 commercailly , the results were wonderful. So have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    I had an early Rolleicord with a Triotar and it was an interesting lens, much more capable than some suggest. Very nice for portraits, I used up the last of the old E4 film a friend gave me with mine, we'd already switched to E6 commercailly , the results were wonderful. So have fun.

    Ian
    Do you by chance have any scans from the E-4 with the Triotar you can post? I would love to see. I bet they were terrific!

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    Sounds awesome.. Got a picture of it? Love to see it.

    Todd

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    Quote Originally Posted by pstake View Post
    Do you by chance have any scans from the E-4 with the Triotar you can post? I would love to see. I bet they were terrific!
    It's unlikely, they have been in storage for over 30 years and I don't often scan smaller formats.

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