Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Its the little things that count...

Been working away, busy season seems to have stretched over into summer this year, which, I guess is nice. I have a couple of new pics coming along. More shoots in the coming weeks, so have no fear, it wont just be instagram pics of my cameras for much longer!

Speaking of pics of my cameras, heres a random picture I found in one of my old folder. Its my very first "Professional" DSLR (its professional coz it says so on the body ;). The Kodak DCS 315 with a whopping 1.5mp sensor! That was some serious shit back then (I think it was 1998)  If I am remembering correctly, this camera cost me about $2500 bucks! Built off a Nikon Pronea 6i SLR, it was nothing more then a piece of shit consumer camera with a rubberized brick glued to the bottom of it. My old Motorola Razr cell phone took better pictures! Ok, maybe not that bad, but pretty bad. Though there are a few shots from this camera that I still enjoy and keep in my portfolio to this day, in particular the "Unknown To Me" series from last years 365 project. Ahh, those were the days...And what the hell was with that piece of shit zoom lens on it?! I guess I was always a Tamron fan :)
Good lord, this thing's storage were PC cards!

Anyhoo, yeah, more fun stuff to come! So dont give up on me just yet!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

In my never ending quest of equipment that I can't focus right. I scored this baby today!

A filthy sticky Mamiya Universal with a 100mm f/3.5 lens and 6x7 Type 3 Back.

The lens is perfect. Everything else is pretty gross. I put a roll through it this afternoon and it works like a champ though, so Im happy. Only real problem for me is that the Rangefinder is filthy and I can barely see through it much less focus with it. I like the potential of this camera. But it is in desperate need of a good CLA. Which is way beyond me from what Ive read. So I guess its time to give Nippon Cameras a call.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Leica M6

Who's got 2 thumbs and an M6? - This Moi!

What I'll do with it remains to be seen.

I could'nt pass up a good opportunity when I saw this camera. The only thing is that I'll probably never be able to afford any of Leica's beautiful lenses (that I would actually want) to go with it. I'm happy with my Voigtlander lenses. I think they're awesome and work just as good as their Leica counter parts, at a fraction of the price. In any case. If I keep this camera, it'll be a good investment.

I've never been into the whole Leica mystique. They dont really suit my shooting style. Dont get my wrong, I know why they have the rep that they do, and I think they are beautiful. But there are other brands out there that do the same if not more, and look just as awesome at the same time. I've never been one for luxury labels and the Leica brand, for sure, is just as Lux as the names Gucci, Farrari, Chanel, etc. I've always been happy with my "off" brand shooters. Not to mention that every jackass hispster that has ever thought about a camera, covet these things. Which probably turns me off the most about this brand.

Anyhoo, its a decent camera. Shoots nicely, really the only thing that bugs me about it so far is that its got a hair trigger, and metering on it is like playing russian roulette, oh and also, theres not trigger lock. I'll probably only use it for snap shots. So whatever. I still need to develop the rolls, so theres no final verdict on this lil-guy yet. TBC