I’ll be teaching analogue photography & darkroom classes again next month! Every tuesday for five weeks starting on the 17th! Call for details ^_^
deathofkindness said: what film cameras do you recommend for beginners into film cameras?
I literally get this question EVERY DAY at the camera store I teach at and my answer never changes:
1. Pentax K1000 (the thing is a TANK!!! Completely idiot-proof and 100% analogue)
2. Nikon FE (Nikon’s “F” mount hasn’t changed since the original Nikon F so if you have a Nikon digital camera, you can use your film lenses on your digital camera. Leica, to my knowledge, is the only other company that can say this for their 35mm/digital cameras)
3. Nikon F3 (Really, it’s just a joy to shoot- once you pick it up, you’ll be hooked)
4. Canon A-1 / AE-1 (My first and still one of my favorite cameras. Even if you’re completely new to cameras, it’s controls feel familiar and simple)
1. Yashica-mat (The “poor man’s Rollei” with a remarkably sharp lens- a great intro into 6x6 photography)
2. Rolleiflex 3.5 (It’s a Rollei! Small and bulletproof. If you haven’t heard of Vivian Maier, Google her and you’ll see why I recommend this or any Rollei to my students. Hell, I love the Rollei so much that I have THREE of em!)
So last night I promised a “digital vs film” post but before we get into that, I want to reiterate that this is not intended to determine which is better than the other but this may help determine which is better for YOU. And of course, I decided to use a model for the test ^_^
In comparing the two mediums, I used three cameras:
Film - Leica M6 TTL with Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 Leica
Digital - Leica M8 with Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit ASPH.
***Film - Rolleiflex 2.8D (Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8)
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Leica M8, the M8 was Leica’s very first digital rangefinder. It uses a 10.3 megapixel CCD sensor from Kodak. The sensor has a crop factor of 1.3 which, to keep things simple, means that on this camera a 28mm lens is equal to a 35mm lens and a 35mm lens is equal to a 50mm on a normal full frame or 35mm camera (which is why I chose to use the lenses that I did). I decided to throw in the Rolleiflex for fun as well. The Rollei uses 120 or medium format film and makes a negative about 3x the size of 35mm film. It’s 80mm lens is equal to that of a 50mm lens on a 35mm or full frame camera.
Alright, so now that we’ve got all of the technical BS out of the way, lets take a look at the photos. The first photo was made with the Rolleiflex. I’m going to go ahead and be bias here- Rollei wins, hands down haha.
As for the rest of the photos, the pictures on the left were made with the M8 and the ones on the right, the M6. Right away, you notice that the M8 gives much more saturated colors and very clean, sharp results. The Leica 28mm Elmarit ASPH. is a phenominally sharp little lens and despite it’s tiny size, renders enormous detail on the M8. If you look closely, you’ll notice an almost 3D look to the photos!
The M6 with 50mm Summicron has a noticeably classic look with slightly muted tones in the Ektar 100 film. To my eye, while the M8 photos are obviously more saturated, the film photographs seem more true to life. I’d also go as far as to say they have much more depth to them. With black and white film (Ilford FP4) The Summicron seems to really shine at f/8 with nice smooth transitions between tones. I’d reach for this combo over digital any day… but that’s just me :-)
What do you all think?
I’ve had this debate with many, many people and I’ve come to the conclusion that it really boils down to your particular tastes. Some people like hip-hop and some people like death metal… Some people like film and some people like digital.
I had the opportunity to test out a few new lenses this weekend, courtesy of a good friend of mine. I decided it’d be a good excuse to examine the differences in image quality, not only between film and digital but also between the different lenses. I’m scanning the negatives now and I’ll post my thoughts and photos tomorrow.
For the past several weeks, I’ve felt that something has been missing from my photographs… then tonight it hit me- I’ve been a bit detached lately. No one reason in particular, I’ve just got a lot going on right now. Anyway, I’m going to try a new approach.
I’m want to fall in love with every woman I photograph. Certainly not in a mushy, romantic, greeting card kind of way but I want to create a real connection. Something 100% genuine. And right before I click the shutter release, I want to find that one trait about her that makes her absolutely perfect. Only then, I feel, will I have a complete photograph.
Just thought I’d put that out there. G’night tumblr :-)
I awoke this morning to an e-mail in my inbox that read simply “I hope she likes”. Naturally, I was a bit skeptical in opening it but when I followed the link, this is what I found- A mixed media drawing of one of my photographs of Niec’ and an incredibly beautiful one at that! The drawing was made by a gentleman in Spain by the name of David who happens to be very talented. Great way to wake up!
You can see more of David’s paintings HERE
Marina (part 1) - I love when I wake up to texts like “Hey, I’m off today. Let’s shoot!” Especially when those texts come from women like Marina… Who just happens to be quite photogenic.
Photographed by Q. Oliver
Photos 1 & 3 - Leica M6 TTL + Leica 50mm Summicron + Ilford SFX 200
Photo 2 - Nikon F100 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8D + Kodak 400 TMax
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Photographed by Q. Oliver
Leica M6 TTL + Leica 50mm Summicron + Kodak Ektar 100
She never disappoints! I absolutely love working with… well we’ve decided to change her name to “Smirky” and despite these photographs lacking her beautiful signature smile, there is no lack of emotion here.
Photographed by Q. Oliver
Leica M6 TTL + Carl Zeiss 35mm C Biogon f/2.8 + Kodak Portra 160