The sun is out and it is a grand start to the afternoon. Internet went all a bit slow and silly this morning and last night so I am leaving catching up until it starts behaving again.
I didn’t bother taking a camera out for our first wander as it was almost dark and very wet. After breakfast it looked to be clearing up so I decided to take some more autumn snaps. I took the Bronica, two film backs, one loaded with Velvia 100 and the other with HP5 which is rated at ISO 400. I prefer FP4 and am quite pleased with the results at half box speed. I’ve run out of that stuff until I put another film order in.
These were taken with the Canon 5DII I use it for checking metering for Velvia as it is not a very tolerant film. I also take and incident reading and if there is a big difference then go for the mean. Otherwise I go for the slower speed.
Here is the Bronica all set up, as you can see it’s started to rain again. I never realised how much I missed the damn great focussing screen in these cameras. This is a prismatic screen but I do have a clear bright one as well and unlike DSLRs it is only a minutes job to swap them. The shutter release is the wee silver button bottom left but I rarely use it as I fire the camera with a cable release; you can just see it hanging down under the lens. All exposures today were between ½s and 2s so a tripod and no wind are a given. I have a pan/tilt head and don’t really like this one but it is a fraction of the weight and after wandering a mile I notice the difference. I notice it to the extent of begrudging it on the mile back home. There must be a geared head made out of composite materials that is fast and easy to use and will take anything weight wise.
Talking of composites here is one.
Not a good one but it kept me amused for a while whilst my elbow recovered from a fall on the way home. Soft, Slimy, squidgy and skiddy it is in the forest. No harm done to the gear and I missed landing on a dog or both dogs so all is well.
Have a great weekend, we are going for a good hike tomorrow.
I’m still looking into the Fuji GX680 system. They are a snip with a portrait lens but look to be daft money for wide lenses and nice screens. Cable releases for them are not cheap but that isn’t a major problem as they usually work just by shorting the circuit to the shutter and I am sure if I can’t cobble together a switch to do that then someone out there can. Most likely they have. I’ll try and find out. Anyone got a Fuji it weighs about the same as a breeze block and isn’t much smaller? I want all the bits you have to swap for the bits I want. £500.00p for a camera with two backs and 120 inserts. As many masks, screens there are as well. Without a lens well under 100mm I’m not bothered unless it’s a couple of hundred pounds. If the batteries have leaked in either the backs or camera then I’m still interested.