Photo shoot: Imogen

Written by Nasir Hamid on June 17th, 2013

Here are some images from a photo shoot I had with Imogen recently. I took along two cameras that were completely opposite in size, a 5×4 large format SLR (Super D) and a 35mm rangefinder (Yashica Electro). I’m not a fan of rangefinder cameras (despite owning a few) and whenever I use them it’s not a very enjoyable experience mainly because I much prefer to see the viewfinder image go in and out of focus but I do like the results I got from my Yashica in this session.

I was keen to try out my Super D with an old lens I had adapted to fit but after the first test Fujiroid I noticed the focus was a little bit off – when the image in the viewfinder was in focus the image in the final print was focused slightly in front of the point that I had focused on. As a result of this I had to do a bit of guess work with the rest of the shots so they’re not as sharply focussed as I wanted. Later when I got home I figured out the problem is that the mirror doesn’t rest as low as it should so now I have to manually twist and hold a lever to push the mirror down while I am focussing. It’s a bit of a faff so I need to find an alternate method.

[Tech info:] Graflex Super D 5×4, Pentac f2.9 lens @ f4, Ilford FP4 film processed in Kodak HC110 1+31. Yashica Electro 35 loaded with Kodak TMAX 400, processed in Kodak HC110 1+31.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jason Howe says:

    Interesting to read about your rangefinder experiences and thoughts, quite the opposite to mine which I guess just reiterates how different we all are. My first rangefinder was the Yashica Electro, I am still very fond of it. Also has a great lens for the money. 🙂

    • Nasir Hamid says:

      I keep my Electro in my drawer at my office. It’s my go to camera if I don’t have anything else with me. I love how quiet the leaf shutter is and I really like the retro cool design but the whole ‘focus then recompose’ thing with rangefinders isn’t something I enjoy.

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