Good morning, afternoon and evening everyone!
Hope all is well with you all
I have a very interesting circumstance to speak to you about
The first couple of months of this year have been a bit hectic for me
My birthday passed, i took a break from shooting film, i finally got settled in at my new home, moved some stuff around at job and worked on some things with family
And also….sold off all my digital photography gear..
Today I’d like to tell you about a camera I’m slowly beginning to fall in love with
I think in part due to the fact it reminds me of my time with the Leica M when I first really started to delve deep into film photography but in a much larger format
It’s definitely not a camera that can fit in your pocket, but what you sacrifice you portability, you gain in image quality and resolution
The camera I’m speaking of is the Fuji GW690III, a fixed lens medium format film rangefinder
If you’ve never seen what one looks like, it’s basically a Leica M on steroids with some differences since it was designed by Fuji and not Leica
So yea..this post will probably be dedicated entirely to a lens i’m very excited to finally call my own.
The Leica Summicron 50mm F2 lens Dual Range has been praised as an amazing piece of hardware for many years amongst street photographers and photographers in general for it’s great craftsmanship as well as it’s durability/performance.
Some people, notably Ken Rockwell (take with a grain of salt), state this as being the best lens Leica has ever made.
I’d like to state some of the reasons why he considers this to be the best:
Where i come from, a good friend is hard to come by.
I mean you always have great people who come into and out of your lives that are GREAT acquaintances but good friends? Those are the ones who are with you through thick and thin and always up to the task when you call on them for favors or even to just chat/travel!
My old Contax T2 was in many ways a good friend to me
Today’s camera porn includes a number of rangefinders that i am LUCKY enough to own. SERIOUSLY!
I consider myself a bit of a maniac at times for having all these lol
I would firstly like to say that sacrifices were made for this to happen and I’m very humbled every time that i look over at my collection.
It’s hard to even begin to type out the feelings i developed when I first laid my hands on this camera lol
The Leica M2 is very important to me as it taught me so much about photography and just plain ole figuring out what kind of photographer i wanted to be.
I had always had friends and family who did studio photo work and also within club/dance scenes but i knew i was into something entirely different right away when I chose to pursue photography more..i longed for the type of photography that felt more free and in a way rebellious of what most people think photo taking is about.