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Domo arrigato Mr Burglar

Four weeks ago a burglar broke into my house and nicked my camera bag. I haven’t seen anything turn up on the local auction sites, nor in the secondhand stores and even though the vintage lenses probably ended up in a dumpster I’m still hoping it will return eventually…

Lucky enough I cleaned up all my cameras a few weeks before and stashed some of them in the attic, including a vintage russian Zenit-E camera with a spare zebra Helios 44-2 lens. It has become my daily companion since.

I already shot two rolls of film since the burglary and developed one of them myself this weekend. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, nevertheless I’m still pleased with the outcome!
My boy racer
My boy racer

That’s my son Oliver acting as a boy racer.

In the meanwhile I bought a vintage Praktica FX camera with a 12 blade Carl Zeiss (aus Jena) Tessar on it:
Praktica FX with Carl Zeiss aus Jena Tessar
Praktica FX with Carl Zeiss aus Jena Tessar

The lights were dim, so I underexposed this photo. I like the way it turned out: just like it would have been shot somewhere in 1954 when the camera was new. :)

And last but not least: a self portrait at the heath:
Self portrait at the heath
Self portrait at the heath

I take an occasional stroll on the heath every morning and In the early mornings the sun is really low and the shadows become very very tall.

Thank you mr Burglar for reuniting me with the analogue cameras again! ^_^

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.

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