Gear Talk // Mamiya RZ67 Pro II

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?

Kodak Portra 400, scan by The FIND Lab

Kodak Portra 400, scan by The FIND Lab

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!

lford HP5, 2.8 1/125, scan by Photovision

lford HP5, 2.8 1/125, scan by Photovision

Kodak Portra 400, scan by The FIND lab

Kodak Portra 400, scan by The FIND lab

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.

XO,
Meghan 

Gear Talk // The H1

In this gear series, I want to show you my favorite cameras and tell you a bit about the format and what it is I love most about them. We've already talked about my favorite square format camera, and today I'm going to talk about my love for the Hasselblad H1.

Yesterday, I showed on Periscope the H1 and some of the functions (the replay of that video is at the end of this post). But today, I'll go into a bit more depth about how I came to love this camera.

When I started shooting film I only had a hand me down Minolta x-700 35mm. It was great, but when I started learning more about the craft, I knew I wanted to shoot medium format. I took a short online class and ordered my first 645, the Mamiya 645 ProTL. With a dark screen, manual focus, and a big learning curve, I spent the next 18 months with that camera, learning and perfecting manual focus, and lugging it around everywhere. I began to get tired of the weight of it and the darker screen and moved on to the Pentax 645n paired with the Pentax 67 105mm lens. It was night and day. Literally, the screen was like bright sunshine compared to the mamiya screen! I fell in love with that 105 lens and that made up for the fact that the Pentax was so loud it woke sleeping babies during my shoots. I started shooting more weddings and felt very self conscious about shooting the Pentax at the ceremony. I knew I needed something a little quieter and easier for weddings, since at the time it seemed that was the direction I wanted. I took a big gulp, and rented the Contax. And I loved it. At first. It was another night and day situation. SO different than the Pentax, and finally auto focus! Hooray!! Except there were so many reasons I grew to realize that made the camera not right for me. After a few months, I rented the H1, and boom. I knew, KNEW, that was it. The feel, ergonomics, the AF was fast and spot on, the meter was accurate, the weight was just right, the lens was beautiful and the buttons were perfectly placed for my hands and flow of shooting. 

I started shooting it with my kids, and they were in focus. My crazy boys, who unless I bribed them with every ounce of candy in the house, did not sit still, were in focus. It was a damn miracle! 

I finally felt like I had my fit. And in the last year and half I've been shooting with it, I haven't felt even the slightest twinge of desire to look for a different system. And if you get anything out of my previous paragraphs, it's definitely that I get that twinge often. 

Maryland Family Photographer � Meghan Boyer Photography
Maryland Newborn Photographer � Meghan Boyer Photography
Maryland Newborn Photographer � Meghan Boyer Photography

Still have questions about the H1? Comment here or on our FB page! 

XO,
Meghan