On of the Fotowerke Dr. Carl Schleussner GmbH of Frankfurt cameras, an Adox Sport of 1950, 6x9 or 6x6 on 120 film, a nice folder, with a Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar 105 lens, F4.5.
Adox Sport 6x9, 6x6, on 120.
A Flea market find of a couple of years ago, with damaged viewfinder, now fully repaired, the glass was OK, but the frame was distorted, and the hinges and stops somewhat shot.
The Radionar, (a Novar three element), lens is 100%, clean and bright, and delivers a good crisp 6x9 negative. Fully coated, (made in 1950/53), the lens is suited to colour as well as good b/w.
Low speeds on the Prontor-s shutter are a bit suspect, the high speeds are quite accurate, so needs a service, but usable. Delayed action still works though.
It still has the original black leather with impressed Adox, Sport on front, and the signature of Dr Scheussner on the other end, and a transfer sticker from Wallace Heaton of London, who were a UK chain of shops and an importer of cameras. The sign reads by Appointment to the Late King George VI., so originally sold before the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in June 1953.
Slight repaint of the black paint on the body was required due to rust on corners etc.
Back of camera, Wallace Heaton Ltd sign, and two red windows for the dual formats.
Embossed Dr Scheussner signature on leather, very hard to see in real life, so enhanced in Gimp.
I went to get 120 film locally to test out the Adox with colour negative film, no go at the moment, so will have to mail order the film, sign of the times! After seeing the Lucky Chinese made film results on B/W recently posted on the forum, I think I'll steer well clear on 120 size!
An old stock of Agfa B/W is fast running out, better buy in some other makes for cold storage. The previous stock of Agfa film lasted 20years, so the next batch should see me out, as I use less 120 than other sizes, and so much is on Digital now. Stephen.
My personal recommendation for a personal film stock would be the Kodak E100VS, which will be discontinued at the end of the year. Good 120 B/W- and color negative films are still many around ( and even new ones became released ), but 120 slide film is slowly dying.
The Kodak E100VS has always been my favorite. Brilliant colors ( and not as greenish/bluish as the Fuji ones ) and slide film can have its benefits, especially if people are not scanning by themselves like me. I need to pay the scans per frame and then, it makes sense, if I can preview the pictures after processing. The colors on slide films are also more "real" then on many picture films and if using old cameras, we often need to measure the exposure anyway - so the tight tolerance of slide film isn't much of a lack.
But if you need or want to go for a color negative film, I would vote for the Lomography 120 color negative film, which is available as 100, 400 or 800 ASA. The cheapest 120 color film around, but much better than those chinese Lucky films. I used the 100 ASA one a few times and it didn't came out bad, I think: www.lomography.com/homes/berndtotto/photos/13229613 And ... I also attached one more snapshot from a wedding.
There seems to be Fuji at the moment, and Rollei advertise some, I may try the 120 Chinese Lucky in colour, but I have mail ordered some Fuji 120, which I usually use for 35mm. The 6x9 format causes problems with some processors, they assume all 120 is 6x6........I will try a mail order one who offers free scans etc., even on 6x9, although at that size they are easy to scan at home anyway.
A sample shot from Agfa 50 ASA cut film from 120 roll, deep red filter, 30th sec time exposure at F16, just before sunset, over the Medway River Valley, in the North Downs Hills, Rochester, sepia from Gimp.
Last Edit: Oct 18, 2012 10:53:35 GMT -5 by Stephen