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KMZ (Krasnogorsk), FT-2, 35mm Panoramic camera. Sample images 3.
Test film 3 through the FT-2 retained the f/11 waterhouse stop fitted in test 2 but introduced further light proofing that included painting the spindle of the shutter cocking lever matt black. These measures have improved things... but there is still some light sneaking in as can be seen in the image of the Oceana leaving the Solent on April 22nd 2007. Handheld at 1/200th

Oceana leaving the Solent on April       22nd 2007

On the same day, the Aurora steams sedately out past Calshot Castle a short time later. These images deliberately contain a large amount of sky to see if the shutter travel is even, any inconsistency in the travel shows up as vertical banding. There is a faint indication of this towards the end of the travel as the spring starts to slacken off, so a little more tension will be applied. Handheld at 1/100th. Eight frames from this film showed no evidence of the light leak.

Aurora steams sedately       out past Calshot Castle

Given a busier scene all hints of the banding are obscured. This tripod mounted shot was exposed twice at 1/50th to give a combined exposure of 1/25th sec. The FT2 needs to be bolted down firmly to do this as the arresting of the turret will cause the camera to move and cocking the shutter for the next exposure will also cause movement if not very securely mounted.

Bluebells in Stoke Woods

A mat of Bluebells in Stoke Woods near to my home. In Practice the FT-2 cannot really be expected to focus much closer than 16-20ft. As it seems to be behaving it will now be sent off for it's first major outing and will be despatched to Cambodia very shortly....

Bluebells in Stoke Woods
Micheldever Village, Hampshire, UK. One of the rare sunny days in 2007!

Micheldever Village, Hampshire, UK
A line up of old, incoming and outgoing hardware at the former RAF Kemble airfield.

A line up of old, incoming and outgoing hardware       at the former RAF Kemble airfield


Test film four introduced some improved light seals and was the first serious trip

 

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