Green Dress KL

November 19, 2008


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   July ’08   Agfa Isolette   Kodak Portra 400 VC

This was near Masjid Jamek in the centre of KL. The film has a lot of humidity damage – small chunks of emulsion have come loose. You probably can’t see it on the small screen version. This was my first time to South East Asia & I had no idea how humid it was & what it could do to film. I was carrying my 120 film out of the sealed packs they are sold in & also spent two weeks in Hanoi where the humidity was extreme. In Hanoi I lost a few rolls of 35mm where the emulsion practically melted.

The Agfa Isolette is a medium format folding camera from approx the 1950s. It shoots a square 6×6 frame so there are 12 exposures on a roll of 120. There is no rangefinder so it is focus by estimate in meters. The viewfinder is above the lens & the framing is slightly inaccurate. Have to frame & then raise the camera slightly so the lens will cover what you saw in the viewfinder. For some reason I kept framing everything crooked, probably just need some more practice.

The camera is in excellent condition. It was given to me by a very kind man in the USA who had just done a CLA (clean, lubricate, adjust) on it. In fact he did this with about a dozen of these cameras & then gave them away via the APUG forum.


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