Wan Khaidir Wan.Hashim

Khaidir photo no 5 - beach

Khaidir photo no 5 - beach

This post is the second in a series called “The Autocord Interview.” Click here to read what the Autocord Interview is about.

Name: Wan Khaidir Wan.Hashim
Country: Malaysia
City: Kuala Terengganu
Profession: 3D Animator and amateur photographer
Website(s):

How did you become interested in photography and why?
I was always fascinated with photography and always loved taking pictures… but never really thought of photography. I only became much more serious about photography in 2008 when I purchased my first digital SLR (Nikon D80). About a year ago my sister gave me her 35 mm manual film SLR camera (Nikon FM10). I fell in love with this camera immediately and started enjoying film photography. I decided to look for a new camera with a new challenge. After 2 months of trying hard I had my first medium format camera, Minolta Autocord.


How did you discover the Autocord?
When I decided to get myself a medium format camera, the collector offered me 3 different models of TLR. After some research, Minolta Autocord is a pretty good budget choice for me and it is a worthy contender among several others.

Where did you buy your Autocord and for how much ($)?
My internet’ friend introduce me to a vintage camera collector in Kuala Lumpur & it cost me RM600 (USD 200) after a great bargain.

What are some of your favorite features about the Autocord?
The lens was certainly sharp enough, & producing a lovely focus & the swirl bokeh.
I liked the unique index finger focusing, which moved easily below the taking lens.
The shutter button to be use with shutter release cable is very useful for long exposed shots or slow shutter and the shutter & aperture meter displayed in the small windows above the lens is my great favorite features about the Autocord.

What has worked best for you in the process of developing and scanning film?
I have never developed or process the film, I just send it to pro lab to develop it and then I scanned the film with my Canoscan 8800f,
but I think Epson v700 is the best to scan a film.


Any future plans or dreams in photography?
– Roleiflex 2.8
– Hasselblad
– Large Format (hopefully) ;-D

Any final word/comments?
Thanks to autocord.com and fellow Autocorde – Agust Olafsson – to have viewed my autocord photos and given me a chance with this interview to share my experience with other fellow Autocorde.


1/6/2014 update
Another excellent Autocord shot from Wan Khaidir on Flickr.

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Lake Tahoe golden light on John

Lake Tahoe Golden light on John

Lake Tahoe Golden light on John

Some of the highlights of our road trip in June 2007 involved those times we went to the beach.

We camped at South Lake Tahoe friendly campground.  It was surprising to discover what kind of tourism and gambling was going on, driving into town on our second day.

It was not particularly warm as we went to the beach, but the late afternoon sun was great for taking pictures.

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Fruits of abuse

Fruits of abuse

Fruits of abuse

During our road trip, we noticed a connection between land quality outside the car windows and what the maps said.  Quite frequently, if the land seemed harsh and hard to use, we found ourselves to be on an Indian reservation when we looked at the map.  Many tribes and nations around the globe have suffered tremendously as “superior” people have abused them – and simply the stress of being rushed into a new era has often serious side effects as old ways of defining identity have to be reinvented.


This has been the case for the Inuits, Indians and in my opinion I see some of this even with the Icelandic people which I am a native of.  When the last 70 years of Icelandic history is observed the case for this can be argued.

This picture was taken as we took off on a side road to take a series of 35mm pictures of my brother Thor in his newly bought cowboy suit.  Provia 100, F8 1/250.

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Vitaly Khomchenko

This post is the first in a series called “The Autocord Interview.”  Click here to read what the Autocord Interview is about.

Name: Vitaly Khomchenko
Country: Ukraine
City: Kiev
Profession: Designer and amateur photographer

How did you become interested in photography and why?
My interest in film photography started with lomography.  In my network I saw cool photos and I was amazed how interesting film photography is and I decided to try it out.   In less than a year I understood that I wanted to try more of the film magic, tried a couple of 35 mm cameras, but I soon realised that middle format and square photographs are just mine.


How did you discover the Autocord?
Well, first I bought Kiev60+sonnar 180/2.8, but I was enchanted with tlrs, so I decided to try that too.   I thought that at first I should try a budget camera, so I was first looking at YashicaMat. But after I saw this photo I understood that I wanted an Autocord 🙂

Where did you buy your Autocord and for how much ($)?
I got it on ebay for about 150 dollars.

What are some of your favorite features about the Autocord?
On that picture with the cat I was amazed by the terrific and very beautiful sharpness and I’m am still impressed with this feature.   Second thing I’ve noticed – it gives a very smooth and gentle picture at the same time, and the bokeh is really great, very beautiful.   Third, autocord is really well built, inspite of the notorious focus lever problem (which I must say I’ve had and got it fixed).   And Autocord also has an incomparably cool waist-level finder (the glass is not really clear, but the construction is very comfy).

What has worked best for you in the process of developing and scanning film?
Concerning my experience – I use the lab to develop and scan color films. As for b/w films – I’ve started to develop them myself the last 6 months. Right now I’m still on the stage of learning through experimenting 🙂 But I should say that in 90% I’m very pleased with the results. I’m using Epson V500 for scanning. It does quite well for a budget scanner, but i still hope to upgrade one day 🙂

Any future plans or dreams in photography?
Now I’m thinking about trying large format and instant films.


Any final word/comments?
I should say that I’ve also had a Hasselblad, but eventually I understood that TLRs work best for me, so I sold it and bought Rolleiflex instead. I like it a lot really, but I will always advice an Autocord to those who ask which TLR camera is best to buy. As it was really a great great experience for me and I still love it (and now my wife is enjoying it. And the Autocord viewfinder is still the best 🙂

Autocord.com picked these favorite pictures from Vitaly:

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The magic of Zion national park

The magic of Zion national park

The magic of Zion national park

It was during our road trip of summer 2007.  As we walked one of the paths of Zion national park I suddenly heard a mysterious trace of an extra sound – mingled with the birds singing, water flowing and leaves moving.  Pausing and listening I identified a flute.  Turning left – this is what I saw.

This picture does a great job of catching the moment.  The black outlines of the trees work well with the balanced exposure of the lady and the river.  Again, Provia film – probaly F16 1/125..

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