Miranda



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Tale of two photos

These two photos shown together mean quite a lot to me! Let me explain…

Miranda Fv 1966
Miranda Fv 2014

The picture on the left was taken in late ’66 or early ’67 on Kodak Ektachrome slide film. The person who took the picture was my father testing his new and shiny Miranda Fv, which was also his first 35mm camera. The little boy on the photo is me, at about 1½ years of age, examining with enthusiasm the pictures in the instruction book of Dad’s new camera… According to the numbering stamped on the cardboard frames of this particular set of slides, this is the second photograph ever taken on the Fv!

The second picture was taken in the summer of 2014 on Ilford HP5+ film. The person taking the picture was me, and the subject is my father at 75 years of age.

So, what is so special about these two pictures – if you don’t count the family ties and such? The camera used for taking these photographs is the same one on both occasions! Yes, Dad’s Miranda Fv is still in full swing after some 47 years! Talk about cameras made to last back then… Also, the original Fv instruction book is the same on both photos, and opened at the same page.

One Comment

  1. Really nice photos there Jouni. What a great connection between the two times of life. I recently acquired a Miranda M44 screwmount lens thinking it was an M42 mount (I have lots of M42 cameras and I like to use M42 lenses on my DSLRs).

    So I have found myself looking for a Miranda camera with M44 screwmount – currently watching a few on Ebay. I had thought Miranda cameras were the cheap things they sold in a UK chainstore called Dixons in the 1970’s, but when I investigated, I of course discovered they were a separate company who made their own cameras for many years.

    The M44 lens is very nice one – a Sankyo Kohki Komura 3.5 135mm. It has a small spot of fungus which I can’t access to remove, but I’m fairly sure it will not affect any images taken. Anyway, I digress. Just wanted to say keep up the good work on your website.

    Kind regards…Paul.

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