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    KOWA Super 66 owner - happy bunny

    A relative of mine passed away many years ago and left me some old cameras. I thought not much of it at the time. Recently Ive been enticed to start using film again, and dug out the old cameras. Whilst there wasnt too much to be enthusiastic about, they did inspire me to put together a small system. A couple of the cameras were 120, which I thought would be a good starting point, seeing as Id just built my own 4x5 camera with Graflok back and 120 roll film adapter.

    Buying a lens or two off ebay I managed to piece together this:

    Kowa Super 66 w/85f2.8


    The Kowa w/150f3.5 and DIY grip


    I first took the camera out with TMAX100 developed in TMAX developer:


    But have since found out that this setup does a very nice job in combination with TMAX100 in Caffenol-C-H:








    and not too bad with TMAX400 in the same Caffenol solution either, even if Ive not got the development times just right (yet):


    This camera has really got my blood going, Ive not had so much fun with a camera in ages. The 150 especially is a lens I cant get enough of.

    One happy (medium sized) bunny
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    I had sold my Kowa 66 system because I thought I needed a Hassy setup. Poor decision. While the build quality of the hassy bodies is better than the Kowa {although I never had an issue with the 66 after is was serviced by Mr. Ross), the lens quality is not.

    I miss the 40mm, and always wanted to use one of the Kowa 19mm lens.

    Mike
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    Nice to get a set-up that makes you happy about your photography - mice stuff with the caffenol dev. Enjoy the fun!

    Sim2.

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    Nice camera and beautiful pics.

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    As above, nice camera and lovely photos!
    gene LaFord


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    Excellent camera and great pictures!

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    Nice, whats the weight like? Done any shooting @ f/2.8?

    I use an RB67, but considered upgrading to a RZ67 for the 110/2.8 but then thought I'd rather a second light weight (by comparison!) 120 camera with a f/2.8 lens.

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    Fine example shots! May I ask how you toned them? Very elegant presentation, that.

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    Thank you for your kind comments, all of you:

    @Mikebarger: Id also like to get my mits on a 19mm for just one day. Ive only ever seen one on ebay, and it alone could fund the rest of a comprehensive Kowa system, and a probably a user Hassy backup system too Its as prohibitively expensive as it is rare.

    @Sim2: The Caffenol-C-H recipe Im using has a weak compensation effect, drawing out shadow detail while holding back the highlights. Will result in less overall contrast, but makes for easy scanning and digital post-processing. Micro contrast and grain is very well controlled. I prefer it to the TMAX developer Ive been using up until now.

    @Ahtirill: Havent actually weighed it and the lenses. And havent a Hassy or the likes to compare with. But its not light. The body with film back weighs slightly more than my D2x (Id guess 3 pounds or so) and well over 4 pounds Id estimate with 85mm attached. With the 160, another 10Oz or so. Ive used it handheld, and ergonomically its quite nice to hold. I do however use it mostly on a tripod, and sometimes a monopod. Size wise Ive been led to believe its bigger than a Hassy, a bit shorter, but quite a bit taller. This is probably down to the film back which is L shaped and tall, but not at all deep. Build wise it would seem that the most effort into the body, whereas the back is not quite as well finished. Especially the cover is a bit flimsy. What is nice though is the automatic black slide. It folds up at the same time as the mirror locks up. The SIX MM version has a MLU button, whereas the SIX and the Super 66 do not. On these you can use the self timer to perform MLU, as it locks the mirror up prior to counting down for exposure. I cant say Ive noticed much shake from the mirror, but then again I use a tripod for the most part.

    @Phaedrus: The Caffenol process may give a slight tone in itself, but more likely with stand development, than with agitated. Mine show no tinting as such. Toning is done on the digital TIFF file in post processing (Apple Aperture). I add a very subtle tone, a light golden toning. I prefer this to straight black and white which for web purposes often comes out slightly blueish.
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    @Athiril

    Regarding f2.8: Ive not used the 85mm much as its been away for a CLA, and certainly not wide open. I think Ive only one example to choose from.
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