Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Picture perfect

When Hooper and I went to "el baratillo" to buy a new digital videocamera, we also looked for the chinese lomos, but we couldn't find any. I guess, I'd have to ask our russian neighbours to get me one if they go there some day. I found out, that the Zenit EM with 300mm telephoto is now a cult camera!

I will always remember when we got in trouble for taking pictures with that camera at Plaza del sol. It all started when I took a picture of a jewellery guard, taking a nap over his rifle. Of course I used my "sniper camera". I couldn't resist to give him a copy of that picture aferwards! But the silly policeman (I guess he proved already to be dumm by sleeping with his head over a gun) he showed the picture to his colleagues. The chief of security was so embarased, that he sent all his guys to find us, just to give us a "scare". Silly thing was that I managed to take further pictures when they took my brother in law ! But I didn't brought those pictures back. I thought about sending those by mail tho. That was the last time that I wandered through the city with that camera, and the last time that cameras were allowed in that plaza. I wouldn't recommend to travel nowadays with such thing: you might end up in Guantanamo faster than a 1/1000 of a second @ f 2.4

Now you can transport your camera anywhere on a pdf file... and then print it. And I am not speaking of 3D rapid prototyping or so, this is actullay done on any colour printer. Just download the pdf, print, cut and fold, and you'll have a nice looking printable pinhole camera. See the video on how to do it. (via) It's nice looking but probably not as sophisticated as Eduardo Martres' camera. Eduardo was a colleague of mine at the University of Essen. He won a best design award for the HP Photosmart M series. Congratulations Eduardo! (I wonder what the M stands for?)

Now, seriously... this is the camera of my dreams! Worst case scenario, I'll settle for the Leica Digilux 2. Does anyone want to trade an original Zenit sniper in good conditions for a Leica R9? Maybe I can throw a Contaflex Super B into the deal... and a pinhole camera! That's a good deal: 3 cameras for one! Let me know if you're interested.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


Me cae que fué una muy grata sorpresa recordar esa triste historia en Plaza del Sol. Recuerdos de epocas idas hace ya bastante...

O sea que todavía tienes esa Zenit?


Gabo Camacho Agraz.

2:03 AM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

Of course my horse... te la cambio por una leica.


3:06 AM  
Anonymous Hooper said...

Wow! te acuerdas Lamphinho...

Man, I still have several photos taken with that rifle gun camera.

I remember a time when we were riding the bus an suddenly you decided to stand up and take a shot.... everybody in the bus went like pecho a tierra and were in panic!!

If you were to do that NOW it would surely buy you a visit to the slammer....

...Do that in Gringolandia and you'll get a free ride to Guantanamo!!!!

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8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Por mas que me esforcé el año pasado en encontrar una Leica baratona (o al menos una Contax) en cerca de 20 tiendas de camaras usadas entre Amsterdam, Düsseldorf y Sttutgart, las mas economicas que encontré costaban cerca de 500 euros, y parecían modelos ya muy antiguos...

Así que mejor concentrate en ahorrarte una feria (muy buena) y comprate una R9....

La Zenit, mejor guardala para cuando pongas tu museo de cameras usadas.


10:20 AM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

First we have to sell some of our standers before I could save for anything! You are right, that is a lot of money... and for now, it's all going into our business.


1:30 AM  

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