Cameras the Masters used

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  1. Pauly

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    Cameras are merely tools for a master photographer. It is still interesting to know what cameras and formats photographers have used. For example Cartier-Bresson used 35mm exclusively and used Leicas and A Minolta 35CL. Diane Arbus liked the Mamiya C3 ,if I am correct, preferring it to a twin lens Rolleiflex. Ansel Adams worked in 35mm rarely but used a Hasselblad in addition to various 4x5s and 8x10s. Anyone else?
     
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    And AA used a contarex IIRC for sometime. The cameras the masters used are plentiful and easily identifiable with a little googling.
     
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    Oh, and I use a Minolta sr-T101, sr-T201 and a B&J watson 4x5 Graphic style press camera. ;p
     
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    Did that have a Molestigmat lens?
     
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    Unfortunately I found out many years ago that owning the same cameras the "masters" use wasn't any help since I haven't got their talent.:smile:
     
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    Richard Avedon used a Rolleiflex for medium format and an 8x10 Deardorff. Stephen Shore uses an 8x10 Deardorff with a 305mm G-Claron. Edward Weston used a Century Universal 8x10 for his Guggenheim work, as did Ansel Adams during the 1940's. Sally Mann used a Toyo M-II 8x10 for a while, then a Phillips, now some ancient plate camera. Alec Soth also uses a Phillips, and sometimes an Ebony 8x10. Lee Friedlander likes his Hasselblad Super Wide. William Eggleston uses a Graflex Press camera with a roll film back. Keith Carter used a Hasselblad Arcbody until his health made him change to digital.
     
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    Dorothea Lange used a Graflex Model D.
     
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    Brett Weston used an 11x14 view camera for most his work, but also a Rollei SL66, his brother Cole used a Calumet green monster 8x10. Arnold Newman used a Hasselblad. Abelardo Morell uses a Sinar P system view camera.
     
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    Galen Rowell was The Nikon Kid.
     
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    I have a Kodak Commercial View 8x10. Ansel Adams supposedly used a Commercial View for a few of his more iconic images. Did not know that when I bought it years ago but it's kind of a nice to think about when I use it.
     
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    Aaron Siskind used a Voigtlander Avus in his earlier years, perhaps for his Harlem Document project and other similar work. I found this out when buying my first Avus and googling the web to find images made by them.
     
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    The thing with Ansel Adams is that he used a very large variety of cameras and lenses over his career. Fortunately, for those interested in what he used, he wrote which combination he used for each image in most cases. And he rarely went out alone, so there are often photographs of him working that show the camera in use. No other photographer makes that kind of information as easy to find without directly asking them.
     
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    Are you baiting? Cuz I know you're a master at that!:wink:
     
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    Which is good, because he's a little hard to reach these days.:tongue:
     
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    Ah! And there it is!
     
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    And I should know. I am an acknowledged master at it!
     
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    Also seems to me AA used a Corona View for a lot of his early stuff.
     
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    A Adams also used various Polaroid models as he was a consultant for the company and wrote probably the consomate book on using the film and cameras. Most of the professionals I've known while not being the masters seem to work with a variety of film formats and cameras. None seemed to have nearly as many models as many nonprofessionals have collecting dust.
     
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    Let me add a few more. Harry Callahan started using mostly large format 8x10 then moved to medium and then mostly 35mm in his later years. Robert Adams uses all formats from 35mm, 6x6,6x7 and 4x5. I saw him using what looks to be a Fuji 6x7 in a You Tube video. Of course Ralph Gibson with his Leicas.
     
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    Nicholas Nixon used/uses an 8x10 and 11x14 Deardorff.
     
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    Brett Weston used many cameras and formats over his seven decade career. The majority of his work from the 1930's to 1970 was with a wooden Agfa 8x10 or a Calumet C-1. The Calumet was a gift from Calumet along with a couple of lenses. He used an 11x14 camera off and on from the mid 1940's to mid 1950's.

    His first medium format work was with a Mamiyaflex, which was replaced in the late 1960's with a Rollei SL66 and he later used a RB67. He had, but rarely used, a 5x7 Linhof and late in his career used an 8x10 Nagaoka.
     
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    How far back are we referring to as the "masters"?
    Michaelangelo used a pinhole camera in the Tower of Winds to tell the time, among other novel uses.
    To my knowledge, Ansel Adams used 35mm quite a lot, it just did not feature as prominently in his deep application of the Zone System which concentrated on sheet film.
     
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    George Tice uses (used?) a Deardorff 8x10, among others I would guess.