Altissa Altix V – First Thoughts

I purchased this camera online at the end of November 2017. It was coming from rural Czech Republic and eventually arrived the second week of January. The Altissa Altx V was built in Dresden, Germany in 1954 and has an interchangeable lens mount, although I have yet to see other lenses for it. The view finder is tiny and a bit difficult to see through and has quite a different perspective than the 50mm focal length. The film is loaded through the bottom plate similar to Leica and takes some getting used to. This version has a shutter lock and cannot be fired until both the film is wound to the next frame and the shutter is cocked, which is great unless you’re intentionally trying to do multiple exposure shots. The frame counter dial is awesome and clicks into place, so there’s no misinterpretation of what frame you’re on. The lens produces really sharp images if you can get past the zone focusing. I find it difficult to gauge distances, but I think I’m getting better at it.

This camera is in mint condition and came with the original leather case (also in mint condition) and the original velvet wrapped box. Everything moves smoothly and the glass is super clean. Below are some shots taken with this camera.

Camera: Altissa Altix V
Lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8
Film: Kentmere 400
Developer: Kodak HC-110 Dilution B @ 21.4C for 5:48 minutes.
Scanner: Epson V850
Catalog ID: 2018-002


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