Friday, January 15, 2016
Agfa Synchro Box
The adjustable aperture does add some adaptability to different lighting conditions, but I selected scenes that would allow using the smaller f16 setting as I felt that would likely give me sharper results and better depth of field.
A manual for the Agfa Synchro Box is available on line at the Butkus web site.
Albuquerque has been getting different weather every day lately, not unlike much of the rest of the country, I guess.
For most of the pictures on the second roll through the camera I used a Kodak No.13 accessory close-up lens which is a perfect fit to the Agfa lens ring. That lets the camera get within nice portrait range of about 3.5 feet, and I think it also adds a bit of sharpness to the resulting images. The little garden sculpture which is a favorite test subject compares nicely to other camera images I have made at the garden.
The wagon wheel in the garden's demonstration farm yielded the sharpest result in my close-up series. Some of the other shots were a bit fuzzy, either because I misjudged the distance, or perhaps because I didn't have the accessory lens seated quite properly.
I was surprised to come across this porcupine enjoying a breakfast of low-hanging tree twigs near the entrance to the Japanese Garden. He stood still for his portrait, but didn't look particularly happy about the opportunity, and the shot is not a very good likeness. Still, it was nice to get a chance to do a bit of nature photography with a box camera.