Cameras & Lenses

Hasselblad X-pan II

posted Apr 4, 2015, 5:34 AM by Max Bedoff   [ updated Apr 4, 2015, 8:30 AM ]

  Gorgeous camera with very specific features. I use it with great pleasure for several years, and I would recommend it to everyone who is not indifferent to the panoramic film photography.

  The camera is compact, convenient, reliable... its pluses are endless. It is my second and final version of the camera. The reason I'm so sure about that is that the camera is no longer produced since 2003.

  Here is the list of the great features peculiar to the second version:
  • exposure indication in the viewfinder;
  • lack of film sensitivity adjustment (ISO) on the front panel;
  • display backlight.
  The difference is seems to be minor, but this features are very useful.

  Another features of the camera is a little unusual pulling scheme of the film. First it pulled out of the coil, and then during survey is being pulled back.
  A standard film holds 21 panoramic format frames, each with the area equal to two standard frames.

  There is a rather pointless frame format switching function, allows you to switch from the panoramic frame to standard, which can be done even in the middle of the film, for any number of frames. The frame counter is adjusted automatically. Attractive function, but in real life is absolutely unnecessary.

  The focal length of the standard lens is 45 mm. Excellent lens, wide enough. The manufacturer recommends the use of center filter, but I haven't found the real reason to do so, as it significantly drops luminosity, despite the fact that the brightness drop at the periphery of the frame is small, roughly from 0.5 to 1 step. Anyway, when you print you can easily correct the brightness without any kind of difficulty. Furthermore, I get used to print 60 mm lens Shneider Apo-componon, which itself loses luminosity on the periphery, and thus eliminates the negative unevenness.

  In addition to standard lens on occasion acquired 90 mm telephoto. From my experience, the lens is not particularly necessary, it was cheap, which it's only advantage. Telelens is definitely not required for panoramic camera, I used it just once, as an experiment.

  I would buy wide-angle lens of 30 mm for the camera. Unfortunately not yet purchased any, excessive price usually stops, but without it is often lack of the wide angle.

  According to general impressions most demanded focal length is the standard 45 mm, which is necessary in 70% of the shooting situations. More 25% of the shooting situations ask for wider, and unambiguously require 30 mm wide lens. Well, in the remaining 5%, or perhaps even less, you may need to use 90mm telephoto.

  As far as I know optics has been developed by Fuji, and that's fine, the picture is impressive! From my experience, fine print negative (Fuji Acros, Pyrocat) measuring 120 cm long side looks great, and does not suffer from a lack of details. Haven't had a practice of printing larger format for now.

  As a result, you can use only regular lens without much of loss. Additionally I would take note that the camera is surprisingly light and compact, but despite this, it allows you to get great shots.

Rolleiflex 2,8 GX Expression

posted Jan 23, 2015, 12:55 PM by Max Bedoff   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 2:12 AM ]

    Everyone who is interested in film photography these days, have thought (one way or another) about buying this camera, or one of its variations which have been produced without any particular changes since the mid-twentieth century to the present day.
    I hadn't found it from the very beginning, there were various other options, but the result is obvious - I'm a happy owner of this great camera for about a year, and I'm very pleased of it.
amateur photographers might judge me for that, but I'm going to express my truthful opinion here...
    All the good cameras shoot about the same, the differences rather ergonomic and tactile.
    So, the first thing that surprised me and confused in this amazing camera is the fact that it's more anti-ergonomic, which is quite evident as it was developed before humanity sank in the depth of competition improving the ergonomics, intuitive handling, and others characteristics, which is now called usability.
    But in practice it turned out that it's not that critical, you
just need some time to get used to it, and the camera sits comfortably in your hand.
   First of all the camera captivates you by an amazing tactile pleasure. Polished aluminum, African lizard skin... Even after time you feel pleasure whenever you take a camera in your hand.
   Concerning the
shooting features, passing a short period of getting used to the camera, there are not so much of them, everything usually familiar, predictable.
    The shutter is silent, the preferred minimum shutter speed when shooting with hand is feels has to be about 1/60, shorter exposure is not very suitable, while 1/30 has very high risk of Motion blur, and 1/8 makes a probability of shooting a good frame tends to zero.
    Finder is bright and comfortable, matte screen with the grid is great, the exposure meter is accurate.
    There's no sense to discuss the picture of the lens, it's perfect.
   Shooting using this camera is very pleasant, and one of the main reasons is the
fact you see almost a final result in the finder.
    At first it felt inconvenient that the image in the finder is mirrored, but you 
get used to it very quickly, so that you stop feel any inconvenience about that.
    But the most important advantage you get with this camera is that it makes the photographer invisible. Modern man have lost the habit of expecting the camera to look like this. The picture of the camera is tightly associated with a large SLR with a heavy lens, so shooting people in the crowd, you can stay virtually unnoticed.
    Bottom line, the camera is great, gorgeous, and most likely it is held in my arsenal for a long time.

Linhof Technorama 612 PCII

posted Jan 23, 2015, 11:31 AM by Max Bedoff   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 4:43 AM ]

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Rolleiflex FW

posted Jan 23, 2015, 11:26 AM by Max Bedoff   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 4:41 AM ]

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Ebony SW45

posted Jan 23, 2015, 11:24 AM by Max Bedoff   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 4:41 AM ]

3.002. Ebony SW45

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