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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Friday, 16 November 2012

I HAVE DECIDED. (16/11/12)

Magpiemine  One from the bin….Magpie Mine near Sheldon in Derbyshire. The lump in the middle is the old Cornish Engine house.

I’ve decided at long last to buy an old and hopefully perfect Hasselblad and go back to film.

After a couple of years looking at digital shots and whilst admiring many of the images taken by competent folk, they never seem to have the depth and crispness that is possible with film. Having said that I’ve seen some bloody awful scanned film.

This has changed a bit for those using, Leaf, Phase One and Hasselblad . All are making monster digital backs, up to eighty million pixels with big sensor sites and sites without filters. They are superb but they cost….  about five pence a pixel and one still needs.. The bane of anyone's life, a centre filter on wide angle lenses plus a colour correction shot against an opaque bit of white plastic to get rid of magenta colour shifts. Then the cheeky devils say the job is a ‘Good Un’….Forty thousand pounds and it doesn’t work….On your bikes and up your Private Bits! Leica were as bad. With the M8 they gave you a correction filter for the front of the lens….I’d still love an M8 rangefinder….I like their attitude. Agricultural though their solution is on five grands worth of camera. Just lend me one without the filter.

I was uninspired when I swapped my Olympus E-3 for the E-5. It had video…I like watching fillums but  I hate editing them.…..It had pre-programmed effects of all sorts of funny things….the same funny things that I do but why do they put them in and not something useful like an interval timer? I have PS Elements for doing funny things. All I want is a good RAW image and a JPEG, the later to save buying Lightroom and so save cataloguing time. I thought of switching to Canon and still would given unlimited finance. Their anti alias, anti infrared anti this and that filters do soften images and they are proud. So proud they popped them in front of the sensor.

At least Leica gave one the choice but not any more with the M9.  

After studying the job….I decided to retrograde. Back to the happy times of my youth when music was played in village halls with the whistling and a screeching of ‘feed back’ . A fight over a particularly nubile lady was commonplace and the Olympus OM1 was a real camera that cost a fortune and a Hasselblad cost two fortunes

It is horses for courses and the Lord forbid we were all the same.I hate shooting video. The best video man in the world is KEITH he wanders about and chats on his. An art form he should benefit from. It’s bloody hard to do, he spends ages filming bushes full of birds we can’t see and describing them but having been out with him I can assure you if he says they are there then they are there.

  Digital is coming of age but it isn’t there yet. It’s great for the web, the cameras are ten times better than monitors…or Minotaurs….or whatever the mythological  bull like thing was called. I have got to an age when all I want is a better camera than I will be capable of getting the best from.

The build of a Hasselblad! WOW! It is strong enough to forge steel in it’s dark shade, drop proof, freeze proof, crank up and fire, Hasselblad is the one for me. The racket it makes lets one know one has taken the shot. That’s why NASA took them to the moon, they possibly didn’t notice the noise in a vacuum but who am I to say? Having listened to two weeks of American elections I am convinced they can hear. Hasselblad are that good. Will work in freezing, will work in a heat wave, will even make the Stars and Stripes blow and flap on the moon. Cunning devils are the Swedes. There was I belittling Olympus for building effects into cameras….I’ll chew on soap…………..That tastes…..not too bad… much like a Big Mac.

I would never have found this company FFORDES if it hadn’t been for a lass who got a camera from them. Her blog is worth a look BROOKWOOD. Her images have come on a treat since she went to Ffordes.

Yes I’m plugging them  here is what I covet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         L… L….Looks a million dollars in yellow….I love it. FFORDES also have it and half a dozen others in black and chrome…One in gold for the seriously wealthy. They are just a wee box. A wee light proof box. I’m showing my age but I want one more than I want Uma Thurman.

The lenses are almost automatic one determines an exposure value locks it and the picks ones desired speed or aperture. All without running out of electric… Spot on!…Almost! One has to wind the buggers up. Load film, I can’t wait  for the smell…..get it processed, then scan it if you ever want others to see the fruits of all this labour ont’tinternet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA             Drop dead gorgeous they are even in black….No bloody batteries. Well there are in the exposure meter, It comes as an independent unit.

I’ll guess…. I could never work them, I’ll guess exposure then  I’ll guess I’ll have the yellow one. I will buy one or use the SLR as one or use the DSLR as a rough and ready guide.

A system change is not a whim or a waffle job. One is into serious money…..(Don’t look Steve at Fffordes….bugger. One too many ‘fs’)! I need treating gently. So do you so we’ll leave the ‘Fs’ till I pole up.

I also need extension tubes/ bellows, lenses. Odd bits and bats like remote cables, lens hoods, a scanner, a load of film cassettes, A Manfrotto geared tripod head to support the weight and that’s before I get into prismatic viewers/ screens. Filters! Almost forgot, I have a stack of Cokin ones but they need binning. Lee is what I want.

Still, all said, I thought I wanted a prime Canon 400mm and that is 6K. Second Hand. The prime 40mm and a100mm macro  will be two and a half grand a piece.. the camera body will be another two thousand second hand…... A Schneider tilt shift on a Canon another two thousand or so and it doesn’t get near what this can do but this doesn’t get near what any large format can achieve .Here is a rare and lovely beast….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA            The Hasselblad Flexbody. A snip at a couple of grand…..Again image by kind permission of FFORDES. The Flexbody is not  that well thought of but it would be nice to own and learn to love the black sheep of the family. I wonder if they ever made them in pink or yellow?

Have fun and have a great weekend.

17 comments:

  1. So will you post your film images on your blog? I'll wait to see... and to see how the quality translates.

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    1. I'll see how it goes....It will be a steep learning curve.

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  2. This is way beyond my ability. I hope it works for you. I don't notice the finer point.I do know that with my point and shoot it's fuzzy and really hard to figure out a decent focus. I can't see the screen that well.

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    1. The screens on these have a magnifier...it will help me. I have never liked a camera that doesn't have a viewfinder.

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  3. Ffordes is the best independent camera shop in Scotland! They are friendly helpful and impartial when giving advice. And, the best thing is, they are a mere forty miles from us - living here I call that local! The perfect camera search sounds quite complicated and quite expensive - good luck!

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    1. Annie, it looks to be one of the best in the country never mind Scotland. There is no such thing as the perfect camera. In an ideal world I would have at least half a dozen.

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  4. Just checked out the FFORDS website. Amazing...at last I may be able to afford a decent telephoto for my Canon. Nice image of the Magpie Mine Adrian. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Gary, cheers, I have e-mailed you over a couple of points regarding used Canon lenses.

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  5. So your search for equipment is over?
    Looks a mighty fine piece of kit Adrian. I'm sure you'll make it sing in your hands. Look forward to seeing the results.

    And thanks for the plug. I'm struggling at the moment though. Like the weather I sometimes get a depression; my isobars are crowding.

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    1. Keith, I hope so. I'll still keep the E-3 and get a small camera.
      You are welcome to the plug I always look forward to a video wander in the dark.
      We will soon be enjoying crisp clear snowy weather if the weather guessers have guessed correctly.

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  6. Poor Uma Thurman! I guess that means you won't be interested in my next blog posting then...

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    1. John, I've always been a little bit fickle. I always have a good look at your posts and if Uma features then the look could easily be an extended one.

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  7. Ffordes are on my route South and I used to stop (and sometimes stay) in Beauly. I'm glad I don't stay there now nor have time to stop. It would be far too tempting.

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    1. Graham, I would make time....I can't pass a proper camera shop, book shop or butchers.....Cheese shops can also tempt me in.

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  8. I don't think I could ever go back to film Adrian. Too impatient nowadays.
    Ah, the days when the bag had camera, range finder and light meter! By the time everything was ready to shoot the moment had passed.
    Years ago I had a Leica M2 or M3 - forget which. To look at the lens with its bubbles made one wonder how it ever took decent photos but it gave the best B/W results I ever had. I only worked in B/W at that time. Colour was too unrealistic. I sent back my first colour TV as I preferred B/W then. Mind you it had a Sony Trinitron tube and they were gaudy.

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  9. John, the wait for the result is a problem but set up time for landscapes and macro is not really a problem. I would hope to get it down to well under five minutes. Modern laser range finders are instant as are exposure meters either for normal or incidental readings. i suspect B&Q sell the lasers.
    I would love a digital back but they are a ridiculous price.
    I would love a Leica M8 or M9 again the price is just too much.
    Colour transparency film is fine now and once scanned can be treated to a good seeing to in Photoshop.

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  10. Adrian, I like your idea here. Hope you post your results:) I love your images.

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