Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Post shoot and new camera notes

Today I had a shoot with Tina. You can see her kindly humoring me and holding my new camera. It's a bit of a cliche shot - model with camera, especially old camera - but I thought it would do nicely for the blog.

Another nice shoot - somewhat short and we didn't do anything too complicated since I got a tetnus shot yesterday and lifting a camera hurts which kind of put a damper on things. There's some good stuff in there though.

I took some shots of Tina with the new camera and with my Holga. Some negatives are going to the lab, some I'm developing, it's kind of convoluted but since I'm just getting back into doing my own development it's good to hedge my bets a bit and have something to compare to. Anyway, they may kind of dribble out over time as a result.

The camera is a Mamiya C330f. It's medium format - the negatives are about 6x6 cm, same as the Holga except they're sharp and incredibly detailed. I shot a test roll the other day, developed and scanned it at a medium resolution resulting in a 25 megapixel file and it's pretty neat zooming on in.

It's a TLR - twin lens reflex - camera, which is why there are two lenses. You look through one and it takes the picture through the other. It has some advantages and some disadvantages over an SLR (single lens reflex) like you would usually see today. I'll use it some with models, I'll make some platinum contact prints with the negatives (small but highly detailed), it's a great camera for street photography. Not so great for travel unless you're really dedicated - it's mostly steel and amazingly heavy which is why I have a modern OP/TECH strap on it. With a good strap like that it's actually pretty comfortable and easy to use if you're in no rush.

As you can see in the picture, you look down onto a focusing screen to focus, and she her her hands on the focusing knobs. It's all manual - no battery at all, actually.

I'll talk about it a bit more when I have some pictures to show!


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