So this year I got close to owning 50 cameras. I know there are those that own way more than that (or have) but for me it’s just a little too many. To settle this, I have been trying to whittle the numbers down and pass some cameras on to new owners; I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be and for some of them its a painful experience to let go.
It’s also not helped by me continuing to acquire more 😀
In the process though I am identifying the few cameras that I really like, use regularly and expect to do so more going forward. Those few will get (or already have had) a CLA so I can be sure they are in good shape to provide me with years of enjoyment and reliability.
So what are those few favourites and why do I like them?
As (sort of) mentioned here, my Mamiya developed a fault and has been away for repair. The bad news is that the part it needs is no longer available but the good news is they managed to get it working anyway; who knows for how long, it could be one roll or twenty so while I hunt down a replacement I will get as much out of it as I can.
I decided to spend much of 2019 shooting the stock of 36 various films I have in stock and hope to shoot all of them before the end of the year.
The first film was already loaded in my Voigtländer Prominent (currently fitted with the Ultron 50mm 2.0 lens) and was the Fuji Pro 400 film.
I decided that as I was heading to the West of LA anyway for an evening get-together with Cameras and Beer, I would spend an hour or two at the Getty Center. They were running an exhibition of Sally Mann that I was keen to visit and also I love the architecture around the Getty.
This is the second of my recent acquisitions which together make me feel I can stop looking as I have exactly the core camera set I want to use (well almost). I already posted about the Prominent this is another from Voigtländer (of course) and it is a Twin Lens Reflex.
This has everything you could ever want from a TLR in a well designed package.
It was my birthday last week and my fiancee asked me what would I like to do. I didn’t really have anything that I could really think of other than photography time. So, she agreed to accompany me on a photography walk downtown in LA and as she was looking for a few things we started in the ‘fashion district’.
My fiancee is someone who likes to have a plan and ideally an itinerary, by the very least a goal to aim for. By contrast I am happy to wander aimlessly just looking about and seeing what I see.
A Mamiya TLR from the ‘C’ series has been on my list of desires for a long time and I never really thought I would own one. These were the professional cameras used by wedding photographers all over the place throughout the 70s and 80s and have always been at a price point well beyond what I could justify. They’re not especially attractive cameras (though all TLRs have a classic look in my opinion) but they are solid work horses and can take a lot of use (or abuse).
As we approach All Hallows’ Eve I have two things planned starting tomorrow; first off a series of scary and/or creepy images to get us in the mood and second, a departure from the normal themes of this blog, a short story which will be serialized throughout the week so look out for ‘TLR: A story‘ Continue reading “Coming soon…”→
I have mentioned this camera before but wanted to add more detail (and add better pictures). The Brillant was first sold in around 1932; early models used a simple zone style focussing method (as opposed to actual distance) with the operator selecting portrait, landscape etc.
This is one of my favourites and one of two (true) Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras I have. It’s not the best TLR in the world by any means but I like the simplicity of it and it works very well. Continue reading “Cameras: Halina AI”→
Hi I'm Martin Smith, a amateur photographer that likes to shoot solely film. I use black & white with the odd colour image thrown in and mainly use a Leica M4-2 with Summicron 35mm and 50mm lenses. I tend to shoot anything I like, objects, scenes, landscape or street life.