The Widelux 1500 is one of those cameras that I sometimes have to pull out of the mothballs. It’s a wonderful thing that deserves to be used. That’s easier said than done, because with its two kilos it’s not a camera you casually stick in a pocket. But I girded my loins and dragged it with me on a cycling trip to Lunteren and a trip to Amsterdam.
For once, I actually put the film in right. Usually, when I put the film in the camera, I fumble about a bit and lose the first shot. This time I had more patience and I read the instruction manual. It’s actually printed on the back of the camera, so it’s pretty stupid of me that I don’t do that every time. Out of a kind of misguided arrogance, I often skip the manual, and as a result, the first bit of film senslessly advanced. Anyway, this time I finally did it right.
Now the Widelux is a temperamentful beast, so there’s still enough that can go wrong. For lack of tripod, let alone a big, heavy tripod, I always shoot out of hand. Now, the Widelux rotating lens delivers quite a recoil, especially in the fast (1/250 sec) mode, and because the camera is so heavy, that almost always results in motion blur – or rather, some kind of double exposure. What helps is a) don´t use the fast mode and b) put the camera on top of some handy wall of bench or something.
The first photo I took (the forest creek) I shot in fast mode, but even the ‘slow’ photos were doubled this time. Strangely, only the photo I took out of hand (on the office buildings) did not get double exposed. Despite that, I kind of like the pictures. The one of the Rijksmuseum shows the chaos of the masses of tourists, and the golden office buildings are also nice (certainly nicer than they really are). These are my favorites from the roll, which show that the Widelux is a good combination with architecture and street photography.
Next time I’ll try redscale, see what that does.