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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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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  It’s an old back, and it’s clunky, and I’ve been told it’s “horribly out of date” by photographers, but I am so happy with it.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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Holdfast Gear shares MoneyMaker review

HoldFast Review Blog

I've developed a little bit of an internet friendship with Holdfast owner Matt.  He's been awesome every time I've emailed him and the dude called me by name as I approached him last year at the PhotoPlus expo.  Knowing who I am as I walk up to you?  Well, that goes a long way with me.

He came across my review I did of the MoneyMaker leather strap a while back, and asked if he could put that review up on his website.  Absolutely.

I love his gear. I wish I could afford some of the other stuff that he makes because it's gorgeous.  Hopefully some day I can pick up a few other things.

If you don't know of his gear, take a spin over to his website.  It's good stuff.

Lomography Petzval DSLR Lens - Interview and Initial thoughts with Sid Ceaser

Lomography Petzval Interview/First Impressions

I've had the Petzval lens from Lomography for a little over a month now, and I've been limited to testing it because of all the freaking snow we got this season and the dang-blasted cold.  BUT I did get enough test shooting done that when Lomography emailed me asking if I'd be willing to do a write up with my initial thoughts about the lens, I had a dozen or so test shots to give them along with my thoughts.  You can read that nice long article HERE.

To note - I had wrote a lot about the very loose focus that my test lens had, and they omitted those parts because they've informed me that they have corrected the focus issue with the lenses that have gone to retail.  That's a good thing, as this test lens is a beeyotch to focus.  It's very loose, and even the slightest movement will rack it out of focus.

I still have BIG plans for how to test this lens out more thoroughly and I will absolutely be integrating it into my client shootings as well as personal.  Honestly, I'm really looking forward to shooting personally with this thing.  Plus, it slows me down considerably because I've found the best way (for me) to use it is with a tripod and a viewing hood loupe, pretty much how I used to shoot large format 4x5 with my Toyo camera.  It's a good feeling to slow down when shooting again.

Read Lomography's interview HERE

Sensor Gel Stick - amazeballs for cleaning camera sensors

This little slice of heaven arrived last month - what might be the easiest, thorough and best way to clean your DSLR sensor; the Sensor Gel Stick from the lads over at Photography Life.  This little sucker has a sticky gel pad on the end of it.  You just tap-tap-tap this on your sensor to pick up the dust, and then clean the gel stick pad on some sticky paper that is included.  As I understand it, this is just like how they clean cameras  at camera service factories.  Get it HERE.

Lomography Petzval Lens • [ Test Shot ] • Extensive Review Forthcoming

The New Petzval Lens • Review Copy

Oh man, am I TOTALLY EXCITED about this:

Back in July of 2013 I had an article posted on PetaPixel about my 20x24" wedding tintypes. Shortly after, I was contacted by the folks at Lomography who were starting a Kickstarter about a new Petzval lens design for DSLR cameras, asking if I would be interested in being gifted one to test out for future review. Wait, WUT??!?!  I excitedly said yes, and after lots of back and forth emails, a lens arrived at the start of February.

I'm beyond excited for this lens and have some big ideas planned for how to give this a really great workout for it's review.

Here is a test shot taken with the lens and a few quick thoughts so far:

Sara • quick Petzval Lens test

My initial reactions are that this lens is *not* for the casual shooter.  This all-manual lens really needs to be massaged and finessed to get a good shot from it.  I think most casual shooters won't have the time or patience needed for this.  Focusing is a bear and the way the lens is made will find focus slipping constantly with even the slightest tip of the camera.  To really get the effect from the lens, you need to have the subject dead center and you need to have something in the background that will really showcase the effects the lens creates.  For full lengths you'll also need visual clutter in the foreground as well.  This is a very specificportrait lens, and all the complaints I've been reading about this Petzval so far has been because the lens won't do everything the owner wants.  This isn't that kind of lens.  It has one main purpose only.

My review will be a little ways off, but I hope to really give it a serious workout.

Sara • quick Petzval Lens test