I recently shot a roll of Kodak T-Max 100 film with a 1962 Agfa Selecta that I got from an uncle. The shutter has kind of a mind of its own and the selenium cell light meter doesn't work anymore. I am used a bit to zone focusing, but the zones differ from my Yashica 35-ME so that was an extra challenge.
I set my Canon PowerShot S200 at ISO 100 (representing the film), shutterspeed at 1/125th (Selecta goes from 1/30 to 1/500) and f2.8 (maximum aperture for the Selecta) and took this shot as a BASE for what I could expect with the Agfa Selecta.
After 10 years of reliable duty, my uncle replace the Agfa Selecta by a Yashica Electro 35 Professional and the Selecta had been in storage ever since. Meaning every lubricant in the camera is now bone dry. So the first 18 shots of the roll of film the shutter completely had a mind of its own. Firing with 2 seconds or just not at all. I almost gave up on it and stopped comparing to my base of the Canon S200.
With the last 18 shots on the roll it came back to life a bit. Each first shot the shutter sounded like a 1 second exposure, each shot after that it fired exactly to the given setting. So I took of several scenes two pictures each, leaving me with about 7 usable photo's (on one scene I just selected the wrong focusing zone). Strangely enough of those 7 photo's that first shot is actually quite acceptable. It is slightly lighter, but absolutely not a 1 second over exposure. I just hope I will find time to service the camera, because the lens isn't that bad at all.
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