For this year's Route 66 trip, I decided to do it right: shoot it with cameras, lenses and equipment from the 1950s, when Route 66, photography, and most of America, was at its peak.
As of the 1960s, the Interstates started to come in, and it has been downhill for these past fifty years.
See also my contact sheet of snaps from my 1950s Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (Flash Model).
The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, Flash Model.
I did allow myself to shoot some color transparency film, which, like the LEICA, was very, very dear in the 1950s. There's no reason we can't do Route 66 right, and do it classy, too. Leica was a huge deal in the 1950s, but in 2010, a LEICA M3 costs less than a Nikon D90.
We had one guy break the rules and bring a TV camera. Here we are on TV, in color!
More tech details at tech data. Here now our slide show:
12 FEBRUARY 2010, FRIDAY
We met in Barstow, and headed out.
UNION PAC, NEAR TOM'S. (Velvia 50, B+W MRC 39mm 81A filter, 1957 50mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON with near-focusing range, 1963 LEICA M3, NCPS scan.)
A newer 21mm lens, or an SLR or zoom lens, would have distortion, which would have made the top line slightly curved, instead of ruler-straight as it is with this symmetrical 21mm lens from 1959.
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, BARSTOW. (Velvia 50, B+W MRC 39mm 81A filter (or possibly no filter), 1957 50mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON with near-focusing range, 1963 LEICA M3, tripod, NCPS scan.)