Your site has long been a regular daily read, a fix of inspiration, gear news and reviews. I thought it was about time I joined in!
I wanted to share with you some recent photos of a road trip I took with some friends to the Oregon coast. We settled on driving from Vancouver, Canada (where I recently relocated to from the UK), South over the US border to Cannon Beach in Oregon, a stretch of the Pacific Northwest made famous by “The Goonies”!
Like many of your readers I discovered rangefinder photography after using film and digital SLRs for years and, whilst I’m still getting into my comfort zone, my confidence is growing and I love the film Leica M cameras with their wealth of choice in great lenses.
I’ve also recently started shooting with a Hasselblad V series camera from the early 80’s. I’d been wanting to try one out for a long time but put it off, thinking it would be too hard to use without a meter and too fiddly. I’m so pleased I got around to it though, I’m finding it to be quite the opposite of my preconception. It takes no time to learn the basic workings, you can meter with a number of great phone apps (training your eye in the process) and its a real pleasure to use.
I used Kodak Portra 400 film in the Hassy and Fuji Velvia 50 slide film in the M7. I’d rarely shot slide film, feeling a little daunted by its reputation for having a very small latitude for exposure error, but i just shot like negative film exposing for the mid tones trusting the Leica’s meter and was really pleasantly surprised! Both films have their own characteristic colour signatures and scan very well; Kodak’s new Portra is rich and natural with the Velvia being bolder and more vivid.
I wanted to share in case anyone like me has been thinking about trying out medium format or rangefinder photography. I say just do it, personally I knew very quickly that the Hasselblad is a camera I’ll want to shoot for life, and rangefinders have their own unique appeal. The great thing is, you’ll lose little or nothing in resale if you decide it’s not for you, prices have plateaued somewhat in recent times on most film gear so there’s never been a better time to dive in!
I used the ‘standard’ Hasselblad lens – the Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 CF, and on the Leica a Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f/2.
Cheers Steve and have a great day!