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A Story of Two Digital Backs

A Story of Two Digital Backs

People have been asking me how photographing with my Hasselblad 500C/M & Phase One P30 digital medium format back has been going.

The answer to that is a bit complicated: It turned into a Mamiya 645DF with DM33 digital back.

Wait, wut?

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Vagabond Mini Lithium

File this in the "I'm-totally-late-to-the-Vagabond-Mini" party:  After lugging around the original, 22lb monster that was the original Vagabond, I recently came across a good deal on a lightly used Vagabond Mini Lithium, and, man, where has it been all my life?  I've done lots and lots of location shoots using small portable speedlights (heck, I teach a whole workshop around using minimal, small gear) but this little sucker weighs next-to-nothing, and it allows me to get a studio light out on location for a little more power if/when I need it.

The only negative is that the enclosed mounting bracket that Paul Buff includes is pretty wonky and doesn't feel very secure, so I went ahead and picked up a Vagabond Bracket (thanks to Bud Thorpe of the SOPHA for telling me about it) and this sucker is robust and excellently made.  It works along with a Super Clamp and I can attach the Vagabond right to the bottom of my c-stand when working with it.

and a kinda-small shot of it being used on location:

I'll still use small lights when I can, and I always have at least 1 speedlight in my bags at all times, but with bigger jobs where I need more power, this little thing is fantastic.

Thanks, Vagabond Mini Lithium, for making stuff easier to do! :)

 

(not a paid endorsement - this is stuff I buy with my own cabbage and run it through it's paces. If it's cool I like to share it with others)

The PhaseOne P30 Medium Format Digital Back. Or: New Gear - Moving Backwards Instead Of Forwards, And How Good It Makes Me Feel.

The PhaseOne P30 Medium Format Digital Back.  Or: New Gear - Moving Backwards Instead Of Forwards, And How Good It Makes Me Feel.

What you are looking at is my Hasselblad 500C/M.  I’ve shared my awesome story about how I came to own this camera in the past, but if you look on the back of the camera, usually where there is a 120 film holder, it might look a little different.

That is because instead of a film holder, it now has a PhaseOne medium format digital back.  It’s an old back, and it’s clunky, and I’ve been told it’s “horribly out of date” by photographers, but I am so happy with it.  I’m happy that I can now shoot digitally with my Hasselblad.

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