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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.

カメラの歴史の中に完璧なカメラ三つがあると思います。写真術を始めた時からこの三つカメラを素志しました。

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.

一つ目はハセーブラド500c/mです。初め見た時、僕は11歳ぐらいです。先生の友達は小学校に持ってきました。「すごい」と思いました。7年前、日本に買えました。このカメラが大好きです。

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.

二つ目。ライカM6。このカメラは写真報道とストリートカメラマンが大好きです。レンズがいいし、静かだし、小さいですから。先週末の土曜日にこのカメラを買ったです。めっちゃ楽しかったですよ。使う方は少し大変ですけど本当にいっぱい写真を撮るが楽しみにしています。

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.

ぜんぶ、自動じゃないのでこの三つカメラはしろうとを使わないでください。このごろ、デージカメは使いやすいので人気になりました。でも、500c/mとM6とローライは使う人を緩められます。それは大丈夫と思います。

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

    Congrats on the nice cameras.

    I completly agree with your 3 perfect cameras.

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

    Hello,
    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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