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Iloca 1a and the Churches of High Ridge

The Iloca 1a was made in Hamburg Germany c. 1950.
Lens is fast f/2.9 in Vario leaf shutter.

PLEASE NOTE, IN IMAGE iloca1a_bottom.JPG, THAT THIS IS A MILITARY VERSION, INSCRIBED "MADE FOR NAVY SERVICE."

I got this one in hideous condition in a lot with 5 other cameras.
It is a BOTTOM LOADER, making many repairs and calibrations very difficult.
After cleaning it up and working out a few wrinkles, I loaded it with film and headed out to photograph the various church buildings of High Ridge.

After about four frames, the camera began to self-destruct. The focusing threads locked up in the outdoor cold and the focusing ring came loose. It was stuck at a setting between 25 feet and infinity. I decided to go ahead and run the rest of the roll of film, using depth of field to its advantage.
Then the film transport went bad. Some frames overlapped, and there were long stretches where the shutter would not unlock, the film winding on and on without reaching frame stops.
I managed to squeeze about a dozen images out of the roll, the 9 shown below the only ones worth showing.
Camera also did some crazy vignetting, and other "special effects" as well.

Overall, I was disapppointed in the performance. Much of it, I could probably correct, but I am not sure I want to bother with more repairs, since I will most likely never shoot with this camera again. Will keep it for its interesting construction.

Please remember to click on images below to see enlarged.
All images are 2009 E.J.Kowalski.
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01wish.JPG
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02backyard.JPG
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03realistor.JPG
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04storefront_church.JPG
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05hope_lutheran.JPG
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06fellowship1.JPG
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07fellowship2.JPG
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08saint_anthony_rcc.JPG
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09saint_martin_united_c_of_c.JPG
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