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Renault 21TD

Renault 21TD
Following on from the last two pics taken with the Vigilant 616, this is from the third roll following my efforts to convert it to use 120 film, taken some years ago. Unlike the previous pics which were cropped, this is the whole negative in the format 6x11, and six frames are easy, seven are possible in theory, but the last one always seems to be cropped short! This was almost certainly taken using a tripod, and the very shallow depth of field of the 126mm lens is evident.

I sold the Renault to a friend when it had almost 400,000kms on the clock, and it's still going strong, unlike the Foma 200, the new version of which is a pale shadow of the former, and the Diafine seems to have disappeared altogether!

1937 Kodak Vigilant 616, f4.5/126mm Kodak Anastigmatic lens, Fomapan 200 developed in Diafine 4+4 mins @ 21C, scanned @ 600dpi(?)on Epson V500

Roobit, Tom Angelo have particularly liked this photo


6 comments - The latest ones
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
A fine car taken by a good photographer with a nice camera. I had a Renault when they were sold , before 1988, in Canada; very good car. I have a Vigilant but a Six-20; I had to change the bellows with an available one that fits although a bit to large. A nice camera with the first batch of luminized lens that is not as effective in front lighting as the beloved Kodak Tourist. You did a very nice processing work on this nice, clean and sharp photo!
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Robert Warren
Robert, thanks for your kind words!

I think the Tourist is a far better camera in every way, but Vigilants have a nice "period" feel that the Tourist lacks. I bought this one a long time ago, and I was told that it is the camera that took the photos of the Japanese surrender of the Philippines in 1945, and General McArthur wading ashore at Layette beach. Of course, I have no way of confirming this, but it somehow made the camera a bit special! It has a service sticker inside, says Eastman Kodak, San Francisco, Jan 14 1954! The shutter is quite harsh compared to the Tourist, and combined with the 126mm lens it make getting a decent hand held shot a tad difficult to say the least!
2 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska
It is a beautiful vehicle,
and your shot makes it evident :)
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Marta Wojtkowska
Marta, thanks for your encouragement - you are too kind!
2 years ago.
Tom Angelo
Tom Angelo
A fine B&W with the nice silvery tones :-)
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Tom Angelo
Tom, thanks again for your kindness! I liked Diafine very much, not just because it was so easy, but also because of the silvery results, but it looks like it's fallen by the wayside now!
2 years ago.