Where I’ve been..Medium Format Land

Film, Project, The Streets

Hey everybody

If you’re from the east coast of the U.S. , hope you’re enjoying the weather as much as I am (not at all)

Just kidding!

I’ve recently gotten some emails from some readers of the blog on how much they enjoyed previous posts so I felt the need to tell you guys about what I’ve been up to lately

Firstly, i’d like to thank everyone who took the time out to check out my blog and posts. It is greatly appreciated

Now back to the what i’ve been up to..well, I seem to have caught the Medium Format photography bug 🙂

The Pentax 645n with 75mm F2.8 SMC A lens

The Mamiya RZ67 Pro II With Sekkor 110mm F2.8 lens

i have truly fallen in love with its cameras, films, its resolution, its lens quality..it goes on and on

And so of course with great gear comes film..

I’ve also grown quite a love for Polaroid Land Cameras!

The Polaroid 420 Land Camera is a gem. So much fun to use

i have Fujifilm FP-100c and FP-3000b film which are both great

My new found love for medium format cameras has sort of expanded upon what was already a broad, creative mind for photography.

I have been seeking out models and friends to come take part in lighting assistance and to help with brainstorming ideas.

I’ve been watching a bit more videos/interviews/documentaries on the different ways of shooting 120 film, such as shooting in 6×4.5, 6×7, 6×6, etc..

I’d like to share a bit of a story on how, for the first time, i sold a camera and IMMEDIATELY upon realizing my mistake purchased another of the same model.

Through my luck on Craigslist, i was able to purchase a used Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with two lenses and 3 film backs (2 120 film backs, 1 polaroid)

This camera has the ability to allow you to change film backs mid-shoot in case you want to switch from black and white to color, or maybe switch over to different speed films, or even use the Polaroid back to take a polaroid pic to check exposures before using film.

Throughout my time with it, i never really gave the camera a chance to show me what it was capable of….until the very day after i first put it up for sale on Ebay…

One day, my brother and I were sitting around the house bored out of our minds

As usual, i was watching some videos on film and about Ilford HP5’s performance when being pushed.

I just so happened to have some Ilford HP5 120 lying around and decided today might be a good day to test it out.

We thought up an idea/concept to take the RZ67 out to the studio and do some continuous one-light shooting.

I’d also planned to push the HP5 to 1600 after the shoot with a Rodinal stand development.

So i got my nice shirt out, nice tie and we headed to the studio and began setting up.

Waist Level Viewfinder for the RZ67

Testing Exposures with the RZ67 Polaroid back before the actual shoot

It was then that i realized how fun it was to actually use this camera

My brother and I, armed with a hand-held light meter, took turns taking shots of each other

I had one film back with a roll of Ektar 100, the other with the HP5 i mentioned earlier and we experimented with different lighting conditions.

Towards the finish up of the shoot, i received a loud notification on my phone…it was from the eBay app…the camera had been SOLD…..

I remember saying to myself “oh well, i guess we should enjoy it while it’s still here”

I was still totally oblivious of the results that i would see later.

I’d like to show you a few of the shots that we took from that day

I arrived home at around 12:30am, and finished developing/scanning around 3:30-4am in the morning. (Yea i barely sleep)

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There are just the first couple that i viewed after i finished scanning

I was so pleased with the results and the experience, i was somewhat sad as i packaged the camera to go

I was walking around for most of the day telling people around me how bad i felt about letting that camera go..even though i made a pretty good profit upon it’s sale

Well NEXT THING YOU KNOW I’m back on eBay except instead of selling I’m buying

I purchased that very same camera model, for a lot cheaper actually ;), with lens.

I had to purchase the Polaroid film back and AE prism viewfinder separately… 😦 but i slowly pieced the set up i had used with RZ67 back together

I instantly began shooting friends/family

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As you can see, i occasionally got in front of the camera as well haha

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Also with some assistance from a long time friend, i did my first official photo shoot using Kodak Ektar 100 (amazing film)

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I can’t say enough good things about the Mamiya RZ67 Pro camera.

It really has added more fuel to the fire and now armed with the Pentax 645N as well (and also my Yashica Mat 124G!) i plan on doing a lot more medium format work.

I’m looking forward to many more projects to come as the weather gets warmer, hope you all are too.

PEACE!

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