Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Photo gear – get down to the nitty gritty for music-related shots

I normally use a Rolleiflex 3.5F type 3 with various films such as Ilford HP5 plus, some Deltas (400 & 3200), and Kodak T-Max 400.  For special occasions, I prefer to shoot with two Rolleiflex’s – 3.5F and Automat type 3 with the distinctive ‘flare factor’. Moreover, there is a designated camera for heavy studio labor: a Mamiya RB 67 Pro SD with numerous lenses (65, 75, 150 SF, 180, and 100-200mm lens).  I am not a BIG 35mm fan, but there is a Leica M4 with a 135mm f2.8 and a 35mm f3.5 ready for somewhat that a Rolleiflex might not be able to catch. Let’s say I am not able to shoot within my favorable shooting distance (2-4ft), the Leica is the tool to cover this distance.

Why analog cameras? A few reasons...

-          A purchase for a lifetime.
-          Easy handling, sturdy and dependable.
-          No attraction to thieves.
-          Nobody takes care of what you do.
-          Got no ‘professional’ appearance
-          No batteries needed.
-          Never-ending fun.