Less traveled for a reason

June 14, 2013  •  1 Comment

"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason"

You can do much worse than paying your respects to the honorable Jerry Seinfeld, and it seems to fit today. I always love it when someone looks at a photo of mine, only to note that "Dude, you must have a totally awesome camera!". Well, having stepped off the technology treadmill some time ago, it's probably worth talking a bit about my gear - if only to get that out of the way and answer some questions you may have.

All the photos on the web site (apart from this one - sorry about what appears to be a compressed version of a poorly lit compressed original) were taken with a Mamiya 645 Pro TL. It's a medium format (6cm x 4.5cm) film body, and I use three lenses - a 80mm, a 150mm and a 35mm. The 80mm lens is equivalent to a 'standard' lens in a 35mm system, and it's the one I use 90% of the time. The 150mm lens is nice for compressing compositions, and the 35mm is really wide and can be tough to use successfully.

And yes, I have a lot of filters. The ones on the left are polarizers and UV filters that I just basically use to protect the lenses, and the ones on the right are filters for black and white film. OK, since all of this is starting to sound like a Kodak commercial from 1952, all I'll say is that it's old, it's reliable, and in the right hands (maybe even mine) it can be combined to create great images. Oh, and because all these bits are either metal or glass or a combination of the two the total kit weighs a ton. And that manly aluminum tripod can be used to fight off hungry black bears.

Fortunately it's still possible to replace may of these bits, and in all likelihood the camera will probably outlive me since it's built like a tank. Taking a photo may take me 20-30 minutes, but sometimes it's worth all the effort...

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Rather than going into all the details of these antiques now, I'll mention whatever is relevant in the course of later blogs. And you have to believe me when I say that the technicalities aren't really all that important to me. The stuff here does the job, fits in the bag, and mostly works every time I switch it on or put it together. What more could you want?

More soon.

Ron.


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I think you ended up with amazing photos. great work.
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