Mercedes Benz 200D (W123), 1989

1989 – Black-and-white photo of the iconic star hood ornament badge of a Mercedes Benz W123 car. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I shot this photo of my trusted, worn out car, a Mercedes Benz 200D (W123) with super high milage, for a feature story in a magazine. I had offered three or four images, and the editorial team preferred another one as it had much more power and was illustrating the story much better (and I agree).

As I stumbled upon this image in the archive recently, I have to say that I like this image as well and can see how this might decorate the wall of an enthusiast or collector today.

Shot on Ilford FP4, a black and white negative film and the defacto standard for high-end b&w shots. Re-scanning it from the original negative, I’m amazed at the quality as it did not require much editing.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSpring 1989
LocationKiel, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceIlford FP-4 Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6555 x 4370 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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