We're back with another camera review! On Friday I posted a video on Periscope showing you the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II. I showed you the ins and outs, how to load and use it. And I promised to talk more about this camera today as well as show you some of my favorite images I've taken with it.
One of my favorite things about this camera is the back. I love that it can easily switch from landscape to portrait! I shoot both, but of course love portrait for, well, portraits.
In the video last week, I mentioned that I had the camera and then sold it only to buy it again. So why did I sell it if I loved it so much and why buy it back?
It's pretty simple . . . when I sold it, I envisioned my business doing more weddings in the future and the RZ is not meant for weddings. Some people very well may use it successfully when shooting weddings, but for me it was far too cumbersome to have with me for 8-12 hours at a wedding. But now, that I've refocused my business and found my real passion in my studio, the RZ is such a perfect studio camera. I could even use it on a tripod if I wanted (but I'm far too clumsy to keep equipment on a tripod, it's a recipe for tripping for me!). But for portraits, from newborn to empowerment sessions, in my studio it's perfect, and a great addition to my typical gear.
This image to the left is one of my most favorite images ever. I can't always point out exactly why I'm drawn to one image over another, but I think it's a combination of things. This was the first shoot in my studio, it is of a family that is so sweet and people who I admire so much, it was shot on this beast of a camera that felt sexy to shoot, it is of this tiny baby foot and the belly he called home for 9 months. Put those together and that makes for my favorite image.
I also love the focus on this camera. With the main focus knob you can get it in focus easily, but there's that fine tune knob that can really get it perfect. Like this shot below. It's Ilford HP5 (all of the images here are) and it's 2.8 at 1/125. Now, a sleeping baby isn't going to make focus challenging, however it's still not something you want to miss when you only get 10 frames a roll!
Did you miss the periscope on Friday? Not to worry, here is the video! If you have any questions at all about the camera or any other camera, feel free to ask in the comments!! I'm happy to help.