…if I should not try medium format one day.
OK, I already used medium format cameras, albeit crappy ones. I own an Agfa Synchro Box, a family heirloom. And also a Kodak Junior 620. The problem with those cameras are the following:
The Synchro Box has exactly one shutter speed, said to be around 1/30th of a second and two apertures to chose from. Rather spartan! And the Kodak Junior uses the obsolete 620 film format… I had a source who is respooling normal 120 film on 620 spools but it’s quite expensive. And the results I had from the camera were not too great. In fact, any pinhole camera would have a better quality.
Though the photo has some crazy charm… or not.
Now hope it’s not G.A.S. speaking here but in my mind there’s some good reasons for trying medium format.
Reason number one: The number of shots!
I don’t shoot a lot. About a handful of frames on an average walk. So it takes a lot of time for me to fill a roll of 36. OK, I might spool some film myself and make 12 shot rolls. Possibly will do in the future. But that’s still not medium format.
Reason number two: It fits my style of shooting!
I’m a slow shooter. I take my time to decide if and how to make my photo. Apart from some street photography where medium format is not terribly suited and I have to react faster, a shot is quite deliberate and thought out. So this fits medium format perfectly.
Reason number three: Those are gorgeous negatives and slides!
Any photos that come out of those things just look stunning (well, not speaking for the ones I used, but for good ones. Quality is unsurpassed, unless you go for large format. And you’re still more mobile than with a clumsy large format camera.
I know these are crappy shots but they come from a couple of quick test rolls just to tell if the cameras work. Seems they don’t very much….
Well, perhaps in 2018 I will get to try a medium format camera. Perhaps start with a cheaper one just to get a feel for it. But it must be nice and relatively good quality so I’ll not be disgusted from the start.
A nice, simple TLR might be fine for a trial.
Do you have any suggestions?
OK, so much for this year!
All that remains for me is to wish you a marvellously great new year and plenty of gorgeous photos!
See you on the other side!