I’m in a weird limbo right now. Currently in the process of upgrading my digital camera gear, I’m going to be left with a Canon EOS 5D mark IV and two horrendous lenses, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM (honestly not a bad lens, but on a 5D? That’s a no from me, dawg), and the YONGNUO 35MM F/2. YES. Now, that last lens was gifted to me by a local photographer who recently upgraded to, well, a real lens. This 35mm will get the job done for now until I upgrade to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8.
So the title of this blog - what does that have anything to do with all this digital talk? Well, to put it simply, I will essentially be shooting no digital photography for the next month (no concerts, no clients, no landscape, no projects) while I figure out my digital photography upgrading process.
However, currently in my possession are three film cameras: my Minolta X-370, a Hasselblad 500C, and a Shen Hao 4x5 field camera.
Yes, a 4x5 field camera and a Hasselblad.
This covers all three of the most popular film photography formats (sorry, 8x10, you just aren’t as popular). 135, 120, and 4x5.
It’s 2018 now, two years after I officially became a photography major and over eight years after I began my journey into photography. It feels like I’m just starting to learn photography again. I have never used a 4x5 camera before, I don’t know how it translates to 135 or 120 formats.
I will be going in to this blind. I have no idea what I’ll be photographing with any of these cameras. I’ll be shooting color film for the first time in all three cameras. I’ve found while shooting black and white 15 and 120 that I will often pass up an idea because i was focused on how the color looks, and not how the form looks.