Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Toy

A few months ago I picked up this little beauty. It's a Bronica RF645 medium format rangefinder. That's right kids, It's a film camera. Beyond that, because it's a rangefinder,when you peer through the viewfinder you're not looking through the lens, as you would with a conventional SLR style camera. It's manual focus and manual winding. It dose have an aperture priority setting but that's a fancy as it gets. The "645" in the name means that the negs are 6cm X 4.5cm. They contain waaaay more detail then a 35mm neg and the overall look of the 65mm lens is super cool. I've shot it, along side the digital system, on several jobs now. In the right conditions I think it looks better then the digi. I'm hoping I can convince more clients to let me use it.
One of my favorite aspect of shooting like this is the way it makes me slow down and really concentrate on the pictures I'm trying to make. It reminds me why I got into photography in the first place.

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