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My love affair with middle format cameras (Mamiya, Bronica, Yashica, Fuji,…)

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As followers of my blog might know, I got into large format photography. First only with Wet Plate Collodion technique, but then when I run out of chemicals, I started to shoot also film. I got into it right away! I mean I’ve shoot 26 film folders with about 100 films in each before I started digital, so it’s not like I discovered America, but I must admit, that in this digital revolution I left out many things, that I didn’t know I’m missing them. Like the smell of fixir on your fingertips🙂

But seriously in this digital revolution suddenly all images are the same. The same optics, the same flashes, printers, the same images… And when I started to rediscover the analog cameras again, I felt a child-like joy and things started happening. Like the other day I was walking through storage room of a friend and noticed Zenza Bronica ETRS, format 6×4,5 and I borrowed the camera that nobody was using for a very long time. Then another friend borrowed me a Mamiya C220, a twin-lens camera format 6×6 and I loved it. I was publishing pics by this camera and a Facebook friend offered me a Mamiya C330 camera for 200 EUR. That offer you can not refuse so I’ve bought it. It’s in mint condition! The seller told me a lot about the former owner of this camera and I’m feeling kind of guilty that I’m dragging this camera constantly with me, whereas the former owner was taking it out only on special occasions.

On the end of the day I’m suspecting it’s middle age crisis kicking in. When I was studying photography in 90’s this cameras were really expensive. Like a camera like that was half the price of a car and now, thanks to digital revolution, nobody wants them anymore! Thank you, very much!

Here are few recent pictures. Square ones are with Mamiya C220, lens 80mm, f/2,8 and rectangular ones are with Zenza Bronica ETRS, lens 150mm, f/3,5.

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The last image: Daughters are delighted by father’s new camera!

Written by Borut Peterlin

18 August, 2012 at 16:08

8 Responses

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  1. Love this post, thank you!
    Don’t feel guilty, you’re doing Mamiya a big favour, she is made for seeing the world and help you catch the moments of your choise! Your photos are awesome, crisp and wonderful!
    And it is sad that people don’t understand the treasure of an old camera, but that is good for us who loves them, use them, treasure them and keep them for the future! I’m in awe of your wonderful findings!
    Have a nice Sunday!
    Marie

    LightHouseBlues

    19 August, 2012 at 10:51

  2. Thank you Marie,
    Next week I’m getting another camera, but it’ll be a ultra-large format 10×12″ or 25x30cm. Can’t wait to get my hands on it😉
    But nevertheless I’m going to have fun also with this Mamiya C330. I’ve made really nice pictures recently, but I will publish them later. Thank you for the comment!
    B5

    Borut Peterlin

    19 August, 2012 at 12:36

  3. Kad smo se vidjeli u Prijedoru (long time ago) slikao si nas sa Fuji-jem. Imaš te slike?🙂

    Igor Petrović

    20 August, 2012 at 12:35

  4. Wow! That is large! I wish you all the luck! Can’t wait to see your results with it!
    I have to admit, I’m super super curious at large format, but I have no clue how to do it, or where to begin. And my back is killing me just carrying around my middle format equipment, so I try to convince myself that it is better for me not to try it out, but I still want to….. =)

    LightHouseBlues

    27 August, 2012 at 10:38

  5. @Igor, jesam razvio, ali nije bilo baš nešto i film je bio star, tako nisem skenirao. Sledeči put, kad ti dođeš kod mene, oču😉

    @ Marie, Yes, large format is totally different story. I like it because it slows me down, but I love it because it draw the world completely different then we see it. I say that the world makes much more sense if viewed through a lens😉
    I have all formats. From 35mm, 6×4,5cm, 6×6, 6×7, 6×9, 9×12, 4×5″, 5×7″ and yesterday I’ve got a ultra large view camera of 10×12″ but I’ve taken it to the tool maker that will make a lens boards and some tripod adapter. I know this is dangerly tending toward a compulsive behavior disorder. I follow your blog. It’s great. I especially like the double exposure post!

    Borut Peterlin

    27 August, 2012 at 15:24

  6. Some stellar photos here! I’m in love with medium format : ) I must admit that I’m a bit jealous of your camera collection. For medium format, all I’ve got is a Holga…I really want to get a proper medium format camera in the future…Anyhow, keep up these amazing shots~!

    pjbrez

    1 November, 2012 at 14:40

  7. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy
    on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire
    out a designer to create your theme? Superb work!

    Gaudi

    14 July, 2013 at 02:07

  8. Gaudi, the theme is The Journalist v1.9 with 11 Widgets. I did hire my brother who is a web designer to customize the width and some other adjustments, but otherwise it’s a free WP theme on wordpress.com. Thank you for your feedback.

    Borut Peterlin

    14 July, 2013 at 07:10


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