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SF Bay area: went to a drift event (part 2)

I finally developed all films I took with my analogue SLR (Zenit-E with Weltblick 135mm at full lens opening) at the Infineon raceway drift exhibition. I never took photos of moving objects at night so most photos were taken with a very wild guess: the light meter on the camera did not show anything at all, the Sixtomat lightmeter I use as a backup was stretched to its 1600 iso maximum and then calculated back with 5 stops since my camera had a black and white 100 iso film in it. To my surprise a lot of them actually worked out fine for some of the pictures!

Take for instance this photo of a competing AE86:
Competing Corolla GT-S AE86
Competing Corolla GT-S AE86

I must say: not bad at all for a first time!

Also the Techno Toy Tuning 510 is still recognizable:
Techno Toy Tuning Datsun 510
Techno Toy Tuning Datsun 510

Could have been better if I would have had a flash with me, but nothing whatsoever in my camera bag… Next time I’ll definitely bring along a strong one!

Here is another Corolla GT-S AE86:
Corolla GT-S AE86 going sideways
Corolla GT-S AE86 going sideways

The picture is quite nice, but I’m not really getting the feeling it is going sideways. I should have either used a different angle or extended the timing a bit.

Perhaps a bit more like thiis Nissan 240SX S13 (with Silvia nosejob):
Nissan 240SX (Silvia S13 conversion) going sideways
Nissan 240SX (Silvia S13 conversion) going sideways

Now I really get the feeling this car is going sideways. With a freezing flash it would have been a perfect shot!

And last but not least, a long exposure shot:
Long exposure shot
Long exposure shot

Not the best angle for these kind of pictures, but nevertheless still content with the result.

Take note that these are scans of the negatives (with a proper negative scanner) so I’ll definitely develop these five as proper photos and see if I can stretch their quality a bit more! Also next time I’ll include the next roll of film which was a 400 iso color film.

My Canon EOS 350D camera and m42 lenses got stolen

My Canon EOS 350D camera got stolen last weekend:
My Canon EOS350, adapter ring and Helios 44-2
Someone broke into my home during the night, grabbed two phones and my camera bag and ran off thinking they got some big loot. Instead they got a six year old camera and a bunch of irreplaceable vintage lenses and a backup harddisk containing a lot of photos I don’t have on my computer anymore…

This was in the bag:
Canon EOS 350D camera (Serialnumber 1530709971) modified with a matte prism focus screen, a Nikon DK21-M occulair and a Hama M42 to EOS adapter.
Canon 18-55mm kit lens (EOS mount)
Zenitar 16mm fisheye (EOS mount)
Helios 44-2 58mm 2 (zebra) serialnumber N0000525 (m42 mount)
Helios 44M 58mm 2 (m42 mount)
Carl Zeiss Tessar aus Jena 50mm 2.8 (zebra) serialnumber 8500624 (m42 mount)
Mir-1B (MNP-1B) 37mm 2.8 (m42 mount)
Mamiya 28mm 2.8 (m42 mount)
Panagor 80-200mm 3.5 (m42 mount)
APS Teleconverter
Remote control for Canon 350D
Cleaning wipe with the new “Spil Games” logo
USB Harddisk Western Digital 750GB

As you can see most of it is pretty worthless on the secondhand market but very hard to get by if you want it. Also the Helios and Mir lenses became my two favorite lenses over the past few months…
I’ve decided to give a 100 euro reward for the person who will return the camera and lenses to me!

On a side track: lucky enough they did not steal my analogue cameras and I did have a spare Zenit-E camera with *another* zebra Helios 44-2 lens and bought a new black and white film last Saturday. So this is my current photographing gear:
Zenit E with Helios 44-2
It is about three times as heavy as my EOS 350D used to be, but IMO certainly three times as much fun!
I also ordered more black and white film and a batch of Rodinal to process them.

DOTS: snow covered Nissan Fairlady 350Z

A month ago I posted about this Nissan 350Z parked in my neighborhood. Apparently it is a regular or a new resident: I found it parked in the same parkinglot covered in snow!
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z

So I quickly took some nice snapshots with my EOS/Helios combo. :)

Everything gets more beautiful when covered in snow:
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z

The Z-logo looks even better when it is covered with a tiny film of snow:
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z

Unfortunately I focussed on the indicator light below the logo and not on the Z itself. :(

Also the mirror looks a bit lost when covered in snow!
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z

Last, but not least: what does the rear of the car remind you of? A Prius perhaps?
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z
DOTS: Nissan Fairlady 350Z

Maybe a bit mean, but when I saw the rear covered in snow and I tilted my head a bit it really resembled the silhouette of a Prius. ;)

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