Open a Box of Film on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is traditionally the day after Christmas, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a “Christmas box.” Depending on where you live, Boxing Day is a public holiday that occurs on December 26th, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws.

mailbox.SWOne of my new year’s resolution is to shoot more film in 2017 and before you think I’ve gone retro on you, I still plan to digitize the film working with pixels in the digital darkroom and will keep trying to “save the world, one pixel at a time.

A few years ago I sold most of my 35mm film cameras but kept three, including the Zeiss SW because these cameras are such beautiful instruments that I couldn’t bear to part with them. The now discontinued Zeiss Ikon SW is not a technological Luddite.

In addition to an electronically controlled shutter with Aperture Preferred auto-exposure, the camera has a LED system on it’s back that indicates shutter speed and over/under exposure warning.Three LEDs specify over exposure (blinking green LED), underexposure (blinking red LED) and shutter speed (various combinations of illuminated, red, green and orange LEDs.) It’s a system that’s easy enough to understand once you remember that as the colors get warmer—orange, then red—shutter speeds are increasing.

There’s none of that new fangled DX coding! You gotta remember to change ISO speed when you change film types. Film speeds are set with a round knob that has a collar that when raised is rotated to set ISO. The problem is that knob is just a tiny bit thinner and slipperier than it could be and is more difficult to grip than in some other, older film cameras. The above image was shot with the superb Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM lens.

The Zeiss SW is just another reason why this year’s Boxing Day will be special to me. Here’s hoping your day is filled with fun and delights that come in boxes large and small.

Author: Joe Farace

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