Tuesday, August 02, 2022


 I have had my eye on the Zorki 6 for a long time.  The flip-open back makes film loading easier than in the previous Barnack-style models, as well as facilitating lens collimation.  Another feature that is particularly attractive to me is the diopter adjustment for the viewfinder.  When an ebay posting came up with a $20 pricetag, there was no hesitation on my part.

I decided to test the camera at the Albuquerque Rail Yards which becomes a farmers and crafts market on the weekends.  Thanks to the generosity of Jim Grey I was able to use a roll of Agent Shadow 400 to get the job done.  The camera seemed to perform faultlessly.  The Industar 26M was smooth in operation and its click-stop aperture is a nice feature.

There was a small light leak apparent in the bottom corners of the images, but I think that will be easily remedied with a small foam strip.  I'm looking forward now to trying some of my other FED, Jupiter and Industar lenses with the camera.

I sat down at my computer to scan the roll of film when we got home from the Rail Yards and discovered that my old Dell Windows XP machine which I have used for years for scanning and image editing would not boot.  A visit to the computer repair shop produced a diagnosis of a dead motherboard.  That came as quite a shock, and I spent the better part of the next day sorting out hardware and software choices.  As it turned out, I was able to connect my Epson 2450 Photo scanner to my old 2010 IMAC.  I tried a MAC-compatible version of Silverfast scanning software, but it seemed impossibly slow and awkward to use.

I finally settled on Viewscan for scanning and it seems pretty close to my old Windows version of Silverfast in terms of features and speed.  For image editing I currently only have GIMP-2.10.  That program seems to have all the needed operational features, but in use they are totally unintuitive.  I'll eventually learn enough  about GIMP to get most of what I want from an editor, but I'm going to start looking hard for a version of Photoshop CS2 that will run on the IMAC.  So, while I briefly had some doubts that film photography was going to continue being an option for me, it seems I am still in the game.


Jim Grey said...

VueScan markets itself as the lost driver software for any scanner so you can use it on your newest computer. It's a big part of why my wife can use my old Epson scanner on her laptop. What is your newest computer? I wonder whether you can use your scanner on it through VueScan.

Mike said...

I have VueScan running on my 2010 IMAC. It works ok. The remaining issue is what to do about image editing. I really liked Photoshop CS2 on the old XP machine, but I don't have it for the IMAC and the installation disks on ebay for CS2 run about a hundred bucks. I'll just limp along with GIMP until I can find something affordable that I like better.