It’s been about a year since I went back to film so I thought I’d celebrate with another bag shot. I’ve always fancied a medium format camera but finding the time to use the cameras I’ve got is hard enough. Buying another one would just be ridiculous.
So I went out and bought a Pentax 6×7 (thanks, Ffordes!). Well, you only live once.
I’ve realised over the last year that film photography has a nostalgic edge for me that it didn’t have before. When I was at school, I had a Saturday job working for a commercial photographer. He used to do aerial shots using Kodachrome and a Pentax 6×7 and I still remember how fantastic the transparencies looked on the light table.
That’s probably why I kept coming back to the Pentax. The layout also has automatic appeal for an SLR user.
I’ve only had the camera long enough to put two or three rolls through it and the drawbacks are already obvious. It’s big and heavy with an enormous mirror that makes a terrific sound and sends shock waves down your arm when you release the shutter. When I let loose with it the other day all the birds flew out of a nearby bush.
It can be hand-held but camera shake can be a problem below 1/250. The accessory handle makes the handling a bit easier and has the added benefit of being made of wood. I like a bit of wood on a camera.
Despite the challenges, the Pentax is a beautifully made camera with lots of charisma – it just asks to be picked up and used. The challenges are what make film so much fun.
This is what I’m leaving the house with at moment (the bag shot was taken with my iPhone):
Domke F3 bag – I’ve always hated carrying a bag around but I love the quality and layout of this one. If I need it to, it will comfortably take the Pentax, a Nikon F3 body with winder and two Nikkor lenses.
Pentax 6×7 with Mirror Lock-Up and TTL pentaprism finder
Pentax SMC 75mm f4.5 lens
Fuji Velvia 100, Provia 400 & Pro 400H, Kodak Tri-X
Giottos Q-Ball blower
Zeiss lens brush and lens cloth
Fisher Space Pen
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