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The Cameras

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Most of these photographs were taken on medium format (6cm) film using a variety of cameras.

The architecture and street shots were taken using a Mamiya C220 TLR and a Bronica SQA SLR. The Mamiya has the advantage of having a quiet shutter and is very easy to hand hold at low shutter speeds. The Bronica suffers from the usual mirror shake of an SLR although it is possible to lock the mirror in the up position. Being an SLR the image in the viewfinder is a true image, albeit laterally reversed, whereas the Mamiya suffers from parallax error.

The street scenes were taken using standard lenses, the portraits using longer focal lengths. (150mm.)

One or two of the images were taken with a Rolleiflex T, a TLR with similar characteristics to the Mamiya. It’s smaller and lighter but has fixed “standard” lenses.

The wide angle shots are not medium format and were taken using a 35mm Leica IIIc and Voigtlander Bessa L with a 15mm Voigtlander lens.

The youngest medium format camera is the Bronica which dates from the 1980s; the oldest camera is the Leica which was manufactured in the early 1940s.

Bronica and Mamiya cameras are readily available secondhand having been traded for digital cameras by most wedding photographers over the past ten years.