Yesterday afternoon, back home after a hard day at work, I took my Kiev 6C and took away the bottom plate so I could gain access to the two wheels controlling the shutter curtain.
I took my two small screwdrivers and immediately started to sweat. I was freaking mad to want and get an even preciser shutter curtain synchronization. But it had to be done. The idea that there would be a slightly darker vertical streak at the right end of the negative was an unbearable thought. Okay, I could shoot at 1/250 and maybe even 1/500 and nobody would notice it. But I would know though and it would haunt me.
Careful and then even more careful I moved the tiny gear wheel 4 clicks and than let my breath go, wiped the sweat away and closed the camera. I made a 35mm test strip, made fresh developer and 15′ later I scanned it. It looked absolutely perfect but I did find the negative very dense, almost black so I was not sure how much darkening I had taken away as it was hard to see. Nothing showed on the scan but that could be caused by the strip being over-exposed.
I loaded a film and went for a walk and filled the roll with 12 shots taken in my immediate neighborhood measuring light with my hand-held light meter.
After developing the negatives I noticed how dense they were, almost if they were overexposed by at least a stop. Maybe event 2.
I didn’t and don’t think much about it. Maybe I screwed up making the developer, maybe I did not do a good job measuring, or maybe whatever. Maybe the aperture blades suffered from the hot and sunny afternoon.
One of these days I have to take the Jupiter 36b 250mm f3.5 (sticky aperture blades) and the Vega 90mm f2.8 ( (no sure focus is correct at infinity) back to P. I hope hell find time to do the adjustments while I am there so I can learn from him. Even better would be if P. let me do it myself under his guidance.
We’ll see. The few images I did not take in harsh sunlight were dense too but fairly easy to scan.
I have no idea at what shutter speed this image was taken. I like the sharpness and detail, the smoothness of the areas that are not in focus.
Do I love shooting with this camera and its heavy but very good to excellent lenses.
I am very happy Sweetheart convinced me to get this gear.