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Oct 18

It doesn’t happen too often that you find an unusual camera at a thrift store. Lately, we’ve had good luck finding stuff - I mentioned this before - but today, Karen found something unusual, something I haven’t seen before. It’s a Ricohmatic 35. From the fact that there’s no link you can already tell that I couldn’t find any information about it. The only snippet I got is that the Soviet Zorki 10 is a copy of the Ricohmatic 35. The Ricohmatic is slightly different even though its basic design is the same. The lever to cock the shutter is at the lower left side - Rollei 35 users will know something like this - and it has a coupled rangefinder. I haven’t figured out, yet, how it works in detail. It’s not trivial. It has a selenium light meter which is placed around the lens. Well, there is one page here which has pictures. It’s in Japanese, though. Anyway, that’s the kind of exciting find I like. Even if it’s not valuable I like it for the thrill.
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Oct 9

I admit I don’t know anything about Ansel Adams’ Zone System. That’s a shame. I guess. I don’t know. Maybe it isn’t. There’s an awful amount of literature about it available and as I’m stingy I tried to find something on the web. This page by Norman Koren is quite good I think. At least it’s short enough. I am under the impression that you have to be amazingly anal to be able to follow the Zone System.
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