After a year and some months of shooting with my Rolleiflex, I’ve finally graduated to a system camera – the Mamiya RZ67. I’m really excited to have interchangeable backs (meaning I can switch what film I’m shooting with mid-roll, and always keep one loaded with B&W, and one with color).
Plus the rotating back feature is super cool, as I can’t imagine any scenario where I would feel comfortable flipping this beast on its side in order to take a vertical photo!
By request of the awesome Lisa Kejonen, I made sure to take a mirror SP with my second roll of film. This was a new film for me (Ilford Pan F Plus 50) being shot with a new camera, so the results were so-so. They did get me excited to learn how to properly wield this beast, though.
Despite the fact that I desperately need a neckstrap, I’m pretty much in love.
On an extremely technical note:
While shooting my first roll I had a brief moment of panic when I noticed that the sound the shutter made was more or less the same exact sound no matter what speed I set it. 1/400 to 1/2 – all the same.
Then I RTFMed like I should’ve in the first place and learned that the actual shutter is in the LENS. Oh, DUH!. I removed the magazine, set the shutter to 2 seconds and released it while looking through the lens. Sure enough, the shutter blades opened and closed for 2 seconds, making a faint little tick! when the time was up.
I’m sorry if all of that sounded like a bunch of gibberish to any of you! I only mentioned it in the event that anyone who may stumble on this post in the future might find it helpful. Google failed to help me much, as I knew my battery was full and the camera wasn’t in emergency mode.
Lens: Mamiya 110mm 2.8
Film: Ilford Pan F Plus 50
Scanned from a negative developed by Blue Moon Camera & Machine