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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A lot has happened since I last posted here.. I’ve repaired a few more cameras and was recently given a very generous gift. An extremely kind artist offered me his broken wide format Epson printer because he believed I could repair it and put it to good use. After creating a few tools from straws, plastic tubing, gaff tape, tongue depressors, etc. and after buying a number of random spare parts, I’ve managed to get it up and running, albeit at the expense of nearly all the remaining ink.

That means exciting things are coming in the future. Provided I can find a way to buy ink and still afford to eat, I’ll be printing some epic panoramic shots I’ve taken with my beloved Widelux F7, along with some really neat shots I’ve taken with my recently restored 1932 Rolleiflex Standard 621.

Who knows, maybe there’ll be a way for folks to see my photos in person sometime relatively soon… I’ll keep you posted. (Though, relatively is a stretchable term, seeing as it pertains to my perspective on time.)

For now, enjoy my favorite shot from my first roll on the Rolleiflex:

Ghost Plows

“Ghost Plows”

1932 Rolleiflex Standard 621, Lomo 400ASA 120 film, CanoScan 9900F

I did not alter the colors… but I think the coolness is an artifact of my terrible scanner. This was a shot to test the accuracy of the taking lens’s ability to focus after my complete CLA repair of this epic camera. Not bad for the first roll through…


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The Tower

After completely disassembling my Widelux (and after buying special tools online), I now have accurately timed and fully operational 1/15, 1/125, and 1/250 shutter speeds (all three the camera can do). Saved myself ~$300 in repairs. 🙂

No crazy springs or other scary stuffs, just an impossibly large array of incredibly tiny gears that needed to be individually oiled and cleaned, then carefully placed back in the exact order, in the correct orientation, in the right spot, with the right pressure, on the right teeth marks.. it took a short eternity, but now everything works!

I’ll post more photos from my first roll soon. For now, my free time (hah..) will be dedicated to enjoying the 1/15 and 1/250 shutter speeds.


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