I think a similar thing is going to happen here. Maybe that’s a good thing, as my goal is to share with you my rediscovered love of cameras, both film and digital, and what they can give you. I think the iPhone has reached a point that it can be called a camera, so who knows what Camera Talk will bring.
I now have, shall we say, a few cameras.
I enjoy them very much.
I’m not particular about what I shoot. I have Twin Lens Reflex cameras, my favorite being my Rolleiflex 2.8C. I am really enjoying the medium format Pentacon Six my girlfriend’s mom gave me. I shoot a lot of 35mm, both rangefinders and SLRs, my favorite these days being my Pentax MX. I really like finding old cameras, and toys, made of plastic. It seems I’ll shoot just about anything once.
I also have cameras I don’t like. I’ve bought many cameras, shot them, then sold them as they just didn’t thrill me.
Now that I’m living about an hour from Berlin, I’m enjoying finding old East German cameras in antique and thrift stores. There’s some great stuff out there.
I know there are photographers out there doing amazing, creative stuff with old cameras. I keep it simple: I only shoot cameras that are formats where I can easily buy film, the exception being my Sawyers Mark IV and Yashica 44s, which shoot 127 (I found a guy who rolls it from 120 film. Meh…it kinda works and I’m hoping they reintroduce it).
I will tell stories of any camera I play with, and share with you the photos that camera gives me. I’ll do my best not to just shoot what’s in my back yard.
I’ll compare cameras, so you can see what each brings to the table that may, or may not, be unique.
I’m less interested in the specifications than I am about the user experience. I’m like the driver who wants to talk about how the car performs, not so much about the specifics of what’s under the hood.
With that, I’ll get back to writing another article about another camera I’ve been playing with.