I bought a 1959 Rolleiflex 3.5 F Planar camera a while back. This sweet very good condition Camera had recently been CLA’d at Nippon Clinic in Manhattan where the camera had a good going over and all was made right. I started shooting the camera a while back and I was shooting with Fuji Acros 120mm black and white film. For those of you who are unaware of this amazing film, well rush out and buy it NOW! its a 100 ISO film so sorta slow but great for good day light.
What makes it so special is that it has remarkable sharpness and super long tonal range, and has the ability to capture super subtle tonal values. It’s a great film for scanning. It’s one of the best films for shooting the Zeiss Planar lens on the Rolleiflex 3.5 F.
Zeiss lens in the Rolleiflex are special indeed, and are famous for their special qualities and tack sharp capturing of images in film. The image quality in a Zeiss medium format lens like this Planar, is second to none.
I like to shoot my Rolleiflex and use the built in light meter as its calibrated to the camera and is spot on. The scans are so lush and sweet.
Taking the time to slow down and compose this camera is a wonder. it really brings you back to why I became a photographer in the first place back in 1975!
again, Film is king for certain things and shooting with this Rolleiflex and Zeiss lens is an experience second to none!
Staring at The blank screen on my MacBook Pro, contemplating the raw energy of not seeing any wedding imagery any more on my web site. I came to a serious realization that the few weddings I was photographing over the last year or so was no longer what I enjoyed doing. So with a very serious understanding of the NEW reality that Corona Virus has set upon us as a society, I am permanently ending my Wedding Photography business.
I am returning full on with my Original and true passion as a Photographer, which is Fine Art Photography and Portraits.
I love taking stunning compelling imagery, always have. I really feel that this Covid-19 is and will allow many photographers to realign their Photographic passions.
I leap into this New Photographic Frontier willingly accepting the new challenges.
Please enjoy my work and feel free to comment and or Reach out.
I am a NYC Professional Photographer. To say I have experience is a bit of an understatement. In fact I have been a Photographer for almost 45 years!
I have photographed with almost all types of cameras. From an 8×10 wooden Deardorff film camera with an uncoated lens with no shutter! to a Hasselblad with a Zeiss 80mm lens.Of course Nikons,F-F2-F3-F4’s all the wonderful Nikons over the years. Throw in a Mamiyaflex C330 and a few others, I have defiantly enjoyed a ton of great Film cameras.
But as of 2020, I have been shooting a Digital Camera, as of now a Nikon D810, and before that some Fuji’s and Canon’s as well as a wonderful Sony A900 with a Zeis 24-90mm zoom! That was a very sweet camera indeed.
Now I work hard with my Nikon D810 and a 28-70mm Pro zoom, a 50mm Nikkor and sweet 85mm Nikkor.
What brings it all home is use of the wonderfully sweet image editor that I use on my Macbook Pro. I use Capture One Pro-20. its a rather steep learning curve but I find it superior to using Adobe Lightroom. I have never enjoyed using Lightroom. The files, raw files I get from Capture One Pro on a 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina are simply stunning! amazing sharpness and color. The finest files I have ever seen.
What bring it all home is the ease of use I get when editing on my MacBook Pro.
Smooth, no issues, just gets out of the way. Just like you would want it too!
I recently was given a wonderful older Camera. I was given a Linhof Bi 4×5 Large Format film camera. For those of you unaware of what a Linhof 4×5 is, a brief refresher for you.
Back in the day, Linhof was the ROOLS ROYCE of Large format cameras.German built precision manufactured Cameras with spectacular build quality. To this day they still make the Linhof 4×5 Master Technica Field Camera. A camera that has focusing cams and folds unto itself and is so well built that it will last for decades if maintained.
Long story short, the Linhof Bi 4×5 is a Linhof Monorail camera, that has amazing technical abilities such as axial toilets and shifts and rises. Everything is machined allumiium and highly polished and perfect fit. The camera weighs a bit but could be used in the field. It also has Linhof reflex viewer that allows for viewing images right side up! a great help.
Long story short, the camera is a marvel of technology and I doppelgänger’s look forward to occasionally shooting with it.
Since it requires no software updates and will never go out of style, the use of it is long time fried indeed. You can shoot 4×5 film, either black and white or color transparency or color neg, what ever ones likes.
The images are on a 4×5 inch piece of film so resolution and sharpness are off the charts and truly mind-blowing.
Much more important to me also its that the film, once developed will last for 100’s of years if looked after! So, if you have the time get a Linhof and really enjoy shooting!