Photo Post: Konica Auto-Reflex and Hexanon 21mm Lens

After being given the auto-reflex, the sender then generously sent me a 21mm lens to go with it. I kept it for a while before using it. I wanted to use it somewhere with great expanse to make use of the wide angle.

First I took it to Ilkley Moor, where I had never walked before. I have been to Ilkley, but never on the moor itself. I loved it and will go back at some point. For most of the walk I was completely by myself, I was glad to have a gps so I didn’t get lost. I loaded an expired HP5 and trundled up on a dull day. The sky was mainly the same grey colour, which was a shame.

Not too bad, but not my favourite set of photos.

Then I waited again and eventually took the set up to Scotland, to the very tip of Scotland and then on a boat to the Orkneys. I was on a bus tour of the islands for the day and I waited to use the camera until one of the stops, The Ring of Brodgar. The wide angle of the lens meant that I had to go very close to the massive stone to get them in the foreground. This time I used Kodak Tri-X and later developed it in Pyro 510. On a couple of the shots I used a graduated density filter to help capture the skyline.

It was tricky to get the stones in the shot without people. There were many people on the bus tour, plus there were other visitors too. My dream would be to get a camper van and stay there over night and take sunrise and sunset shots.

I took a couple more photos at the Italian Chapel. The story behind the chapel was really interesting so I recommend you read this website.

I didn’t take any more photos with the Konica on Orkney as I also took the Dollond.

Once back on the mainland, I took the camera to Wick. In some areas, Wick seemed a bit run down but in others you could see the history of the place and I really liked it. This was one place, I would love to travel back in time to see the fishing fleet in its full glory. I did find a video from 1937 here. That link has some other interesting videos from around the area.

Wick used to be one of the busiest fishing ports in the world. The memorial, that is the distorted first shot is in memory to James Bremner. His life was interesting to read about.

At this point, I felt I was running out of film so I switched over to half frame which is the beauty of this camera. Then I headed over to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, which has become one of my favourite places in the world. I definitely want to go back and take another look and walk. The placement of the castle is stunning, how did they manage to build that 600 years ago.

Of course I took a few digital photos at this location as I am not a fan of half frame.

The last part of the film was taken around Glasgow and along the Mural Trail, still on half frame.

Though I haven’t written much here, I absolutely loved my camping trip to Scotland. A few people asked if I was scared or got bored travelling by myself. The simple answer is no, I am used to it. I also chat to people via my phone and am happy talking to strangers. I have found camp sites usually very friendly, the owners especially chat when they know you are on your own. That being said…I WANT A CAMPER VAN!

8 thoughts on “Photo Post: Konica Auto-Reflex and Hexanon 21mm Lens

  1. Darrell Meekcom says:

    Quite a difference in quality between the HP5 and the Kodak Tri-X but interesting to see the outcome and I do love Konica’s, my favourite being my EE Matic rangefinder.
    What a great trip you shared with us there and once again super-interesting shots and history.

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    1. Peggy says:

      Yeah, I hadn’t realised the hp5 was so expired. I tend to use expired stuff in places I can visit again easily….hence not Scotland.


  2. Toby says:

    Great photos, nice contrast but plenty of detail too. Love that 21 mm lens. My favourite lens is a 20mm Pentax I have. Wonder haw close your 21mn focuses, my 20 is really rather close.
    However, I still really don’t understand your dislike of half frame. It’s almost exactly the same size as most DSLRs, aps-c is half frame…..or do you dislike aps-c too?


    1. Peggy says:

      It gets quite close. In the first set, the grass, I am practically touching them. Not sure why, I do like-ish the olympus pen F. It is just the difference between it and full frame.


  3. Roger B says:

    Your Brogdar photos are gems. You’ve mastered the (sometimes) difficult art of using an extreme wide angle lens for vertical shots. The northern-most parts of the British Isles seem to define the terms “austere” and “bleak”.

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