↑Leica M9 and Leica 24mm Summilux @ f/4.
Yes, I’m looking to you for advice.
If you had to choose between the Epson V700/V750 or Plustek OpticFilm 120 to scan Medium Format film, which would you choose?
My newly arrived refurbished Epson V700 is defective (but I have been able to coax some scans out of it) so now I’m wondering if I should replace it with a new one or move to something else. I’m only interested in scanners that are currently in production, so that excludes the various Nikon and Minolta offerings.
The answer to my Guess Which Gear question is:
Mamiya RZ67 Professional Pro II and Mamiya RZ 110mm F/2.8, using Fujifilm FP-3000B (Poloraid-type) B&W film:
As the name implies, the Mamiya RZ67 is a 6 x 7 film format system. Its film “sensor” size can be appreciated by looking at this comparison:
This is a modular system and the Polaroid film back provides less “sensor” size (and less image quality) than 120 film, but I purchased it along with the 120 film back so that I could get instant results and feedback. As you can see from my first Test Image, I messed up on my initial settings (I had the ISO on the camera set to 800, while the Fuji FP-3000B is pegged at ISO 3000) so it was a good thing the damage was limited to only one image vs. an entire roll of 120 Kodak Tri-X.
[Incidentally, Fuji has recently announced that it is discontinuing this film . There's an online petition asking Fuji to bring back the FP-3000B and so far there are over 10,000 signatures. You can still find it in stock, but prices have jumped quite a bit. If you're interested in using it, buy it while you can — and sign the petition!]
Knowing my love of small Leica rangefinders, why did I even look at this behemoth of a camera? One word: PORTRAITURE.
If you look at the sample images online, you will be amazed. Hopefully, I will produce something worthy of this camera. The gear, for me, will be relegated to formal shooting, which means I will seldom use it. However, given how easily and inexpensively one can obtain such capable film-based medium format systems, the decision was easy.
As a side bonus of first using the Polaroid back on the Mamiya, my kids were amazed at seeing “the pictures come out of the camera, like in the old cartoons!“. It’s great to see that in this age of digital wizardry, something as old as this can fire up their imagination.
Now… off to dig up my old film developing equipment and brush up on…
Thanks for your interest.
I’m about to go on holiday.
While I’m gone, please help keep the momentum going, and consider signing my open letter to Leica.
Anyone who wants an updated CCD sensor in a future Leica M model. Anyone who places emphasis on rangefinder simplicity and also values high image quality at low-to-moderate ISO values.
Yes, Leica, incorporate the ergonomic improvements of the M240, but help differentiate the brand from the CMOS-muddy-file-with-video/EVF-me-too landscape by bringing back an updated CCD sensor.
Please bring back a superior, simple, and reliable still-photography camera worthy of the Leica brand.
(and thank you to the over 150 individuals who have already signed)
This was taken the day leading up to the evening before our power was restored, following the infamous Toronto Ice Storm.
We were outside, chipping away at the ice in front of our house, and the sun had finally made an appearance that day.
It was late afternoon and the light was fantastic.
We had no idea how the night would go for us, as the temperature inside our house was almost as low as outside.
But amidst the struggle and fear, there was beauty to be found.
It’s always the case.
I have to remind myself of that constantly.
All other things being equal, a bigger sensor = better image quality (always).
Don’t let the marketing machine tell you otherwise.
The trouble with most photography/art/research/literature is that it’s derivative.
Almost 100% of what is produced each year is unoriginal.
That is why we idolize the trailblazers.
Follow your own path — you have your own story to tell.
(I’m talking to you.)
Last night before the end of Christmas break, and everyone is ready to go back… to bed.
↑Leica M9 and Leica 24mm Summilux @ f/2.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing my open letter to Leica.