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One to go もう一つだけ

August 5, 2008

There are, I believe, three perfect cameras which have been created.  A triumvirate perfect in form and for the function for which they were created.  They are the three cameras I have lusted over since I first got interested in photography.


The first is the Hasselblad 500 c/m medium format camera.  I first saw one when I was in grade 5.  Our student teacher brought in a buddy of his to talk to us about photography and he brought in his Hasselblad.  I was fixated.  I finally managed to buy one in Japan 7 years ago.  One down.


The second is the Leica M6 rangefinder.  Leica rangefinders have been used by photojournalists and street photographers for decades for good reason.  They are small, have amazing optics and are extremely quiet.  Perfect for allowing one to be unobtrusive when trying to sneak up on a subject.  Just this past week, I became the proud owner of an M6 when I happened upon one of those ‘too good to pass up’ kind of deals.  It’s going to take some getting used to but I’m looking forward to the challenge.  Two down.


The final member of the trinity is the Rolleiflex 2.8F twin-lens reflex (TLR).  Small for a medium format camera and even more quiet than a Leica and with either Zeiss or Schneider optics, it’s an amazing camera.  One day, oh yes, it will be mine.  One to go.

最後。ローライ2.8F TLR。500c/m同じぐらいです。中判型のカメラです。ネガは6cmx6cmです。小さいです。ライカよりローライのほうが静かです。ローライはすてきなカメラです。将来に買えます。

These cameras are not for the faint of heart or for someone who doesn’t know the basics of photography.  These are fully manual cameras that force you to slow down and actually evaluate what it is you’re photographing.  In today’s digital world where it’s easier to snap away, hoping to get lucky and then delete the ones you don’t like, they’re definitely throwbacks to a different age.  That’s ok, I can live with being a throwback.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2009 5:28 pm

    Congrats on the nice cameras.

    I completly agree with your 3 perfect cameras.


  2. Gordon permalink*
    July 6, 2009 5:58 pm

    Thanks for commenting.

    Yes, they are certainly nice to use. I do actually have a Rollei TLR but it’s a 1940’s vintage 3.5 Tessar. Still takes fabulous images and it will always have a special place in my heart since it was my very first medium format camera. Pretty much got retired though once I got the 500 c/m.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog.


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