Redesign The World
A Photography/Design Blog by Andrew Cichowski

Snow Stop
I kept this image reversed because I like the composition better that way..

Recently I managed to snag a snazzy 6×9 Zeiss Ikonta 520/2 folding camera built in 1930. After a full CLA restoration, I walked around my apartment complex and snapped some test shots to see if my focus was accurate and if the bellows/box were light-tight.

I got my test roll back from Wolf Camera today. Like always, their machine scratched up my film more than cats claw their owners… (one of infinitely many reasons why it’s best to develop your own film). I only drop rolls off at that shop to confirm my repairs on a camera (eliminating personal error during developing).

Artsy Ikonta Self-Portrait
This was the very first shot I took after I finished the CLA. Can’t go wrong with an artsy self-portrait…

I’m fairly impressed with the sharpness this 82 year old lens has to offer (especially considering the shape it was in before I cleaned it up). I was planning to sell this classic machine after fixing it up, but I think I’m going to hang on to it for a while.. at least for a few more rolls.

Unrelated, here’s a shot of my friend Erin (taken on my Hasselblad 503CX, 80 f/2.8, Lomo 400):

Better Times
I’m posting this photo to remind her of the happier times at her apartment, before she was yelled at for playing her beloved cello…

I’ll eventually post more photos from some other cameras I’m working on at the moment…


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Yesterday I sold my 5DMkII. I sold it for ~$500 less than I hoped (which was already ~$1000 less than I bought it for), but at least it’s gone to a good home… I sold it for two reasons: first, to make rent (which was due today), and second, to force myself to study for an endless set of massive exams looming on the horizon.

It’s weird not having my prized digital camera nearby, but I don’t miss it much. Over the last year or so the camera was just sitting on my shelf as a trophy. I’ve realized that when given the choice these days, I’ll shoot film.

Distinct Character
Not a “keeper,” but this hassy polaroid shot on FujiFilm FP100C is a good example of a distinct character, including the light leak and incorrect developing time (it was really cold outside).

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