Vancouver Photographer, Morten Byskov - Commercial, Portrait and Editorial Photography


Photography blog from Vancouver Photographer, Morten Byskov - Commercial Photography, Portrait and Travel Photography.

The Story of my Old Zeiss Ikon - Ikoflex - Film Photography

As my passion for photography grew during my teenage years my mother mentioned my father once had a rather nice camera. My father passed away when I was seven years old and she had sold the camera to an acquaintances, Mr. Lønberg, a local teacher. Encouraged by my mother I went up the street and knocked on Mr. Lønberg's door. I explained my interest in the camera and offered to buy it back. Only a few words were exchanged but Mr. Lønberg did not want any form of payment and handed me the camera. To this day I still think it was such a nice gesture. I proudly left with the only real piece of memorabilia I have from my father.  

During the late eighties, I shot a couple of rolls but the film transportation overlapped the frames and I decided to just keep the camera on display. At the time it never occurred to me I should get it fixed. I was excited and distracted with my first flashy Canon SLR.

Fast forward to this past month when we moved to Vancouver. Over the years I have thought about having someone look at it. Perhaps it would be easier to find a repair shop in the city. Vancam Service on 8th Ave did an excellent job at a reasonable price. All three essential functions of the camera needed attention. The film transport, the shutter and the focusing mechanism. 

On to Leo's Camera to buy film. I picked up a roll of Kodak Tri X 400 black and white and a roll of Kodak Portra 400 colour film. It must be at least 15 years since I last spent money on anything from Kodak. The guys at Leo's were super friendly. I had two guys help me load the first roll and as we hovered around the camera there were no shortage of remarks like; Where is the LCD and how many shots can you get per battery. 

I had the first roll developed and scanned at Rocket Repographics on West Cordova. The scans were 1500 x 1500 pixel from the 120 film format. For the photos in this post I have done level/tone curve and exposure adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop. Dust spots were removed in Photoshop. The files need some clean up but nothing more than I had expected.  

So far, shooting film over digital has a benefit I had not considered. I am getting in better shape with this project. I have cycled back and forth to the repair place twice, to Leo's Camera twice, and to Rocket  Reprographics twice so far.

Shooting at ISO 400 has proved somewhat tricky as we are in the middle of summer here i Vancouver with clear blue skies almost every day. Max shutter speed is 1/250 sec. So I picked up a Portra 160 which I shot today at a downtown cycling event. Nothing like covering a sporting event with a camera from the fifties and with only 12 frames. I will post the results when I get the film developped. Back on the bike.