In April, I wrote a comparison of three bellows cameras from the 1950s I had bought on eBay: Agfa Record III, Voigtländer Perkeo, and Agfa Isolette.  The latter was quite cheap and still had a respectable performance. I was undecided then, which of the other two was my favorite. The Voigtländer produced 6×6 photos, but would still fit in the pocket. The Agfa Record III was larger, although slid easily into a bag and produced 6×9 photographs: a new format for me. The more I used it, the more I loved it.

The process for taking photographs with the Agfa (and other bellows cameras of that era) requires the shutter to be cocked after settings are made. I have forgotten this more than once. The aperture is limiting in low light conditions (f/4.5) although at the upper end (f/32) the good light usually available here in Thailand, give me some flexibility, depending on film used.

As I sometimes miss steps in the process for taking a picture, and the 6×9 format only has 8 frames per roll, I occasionally end up with one or two blank frames. My chances of 5 Frames are low, although a roll of ILFORD SFX 200 has given me something worth considering from a walk along one of the local canals.

I live in Western Bangkok (Thonburi) which is nothing like the Bangkok of the guide books.  With friendly locals, dragon dancers in the streets once or twice a month, and some quaint architecture there is much to photograph. In addition, there is an old railway and several interesting markets. 

The images here were taken midweek but the Phasicharoen canal area is rarely crowded nowadays which suits me. Although it was important for goods transport at one time, other nearby canals which I also visit have much tourist traffic these days. The images were not filtered with an R72 IR filter and have been lightly edited (crop, straighten, light adjustment, sharpen) with a couple in the darker areas needing a little more care to bring out the content.

~ Graham

Submit your 5 Frames... today

Get your own 5 Frames featured by submitting your article using this form or by sending an email via the contact link at the top of the page.

Share your knowledge, story or project

The transfer of knowledge across the film photography community is the heart of EMULSIVE. You can add your support by contributing your thoughts, work, experiences and ideas to inspire the hundreds of thousands of people who read these pages each month. Check out the submission guide here.

If you like what you're reading you can also help this passion project by heading over to the EMULSIVE Patreon page and contributing as little as a dollar a month. There's also print and apparel over at Society 6, currently showcasing over two dozen t-shirt designs and over a dozen unique photographs available for purchase.

About the author

Avatar - Graham Rogers

Graham Rogers

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column...

, and please make sure you also check out their website here.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.