A friend of mine game me her late mother's KX. A wonderful camera. I grew up in the 1970s, and my first camera was a Cosmorex SE followed by a Pentax MX.
Like you, I really lusted after a Nikon and sold the MX to my brother and bought an FE and F2A.
I still have both cameras and recently added an FT3.
Those cameras from the 1970s are certainly excellent. Replace those foam seals, and you're good to go for another couple of decades.
I would probably be slower using my Nikon F, because I am sometimes anal about metering every shot, no matter if the weather has changed or not. In a studio, with controlled lighting, if metering is not a problem for him, he can get to it pretty fast.
Well I pray for him every day ;-)
I thought you meant he had passed away. I was all set to pray for his soul. Perhaps I still should.
I hope you didn't take it the wrong way. I was saying that the 35mm shooters who shoot slower than with a Sinar must be out of shape, no matter what the environment.
I will pass on Your comment to him.
As for the the speed. He is lightning fast on his Sinar. I have tried to learn what he is doing, but he is too fast. And anybody can shoot from the hip with a digital Nikon or Canon, but that is not what I am writing about. I am writing about photographers that want to get the best possible image directly out of the camera. In order to spend less time in PhotoShop.
Gosh that sounded like me, except that I am still going with my Sinar in the studio shooting and processing my 4x5 color transparencies. I switched to Fuji 4x5 color instant film (FP-100C45) and all of a sudden my "tests" got a whole lot better. That Fuji is great instant film. Anybody that would "quit" just because one of two instant film vendors closed up I think really wanted to go to digital anyway.
"I have seen him work with his 4x5 Sinar and he works as fast as many do with their Canon or Nikons."
Who are these "many"? They must be incompetent!
Many of the commercial shooters I know charge a "digital imaging" fee which covers the depreciation of the expensive equipment, the training associated with keeping abreast of current technology, and also there's a post-processing fee because every digital file has to be processed. Just some thoughts.
Glad your back in action. I had a real meldown in my darkroom after my daughter turned on the focusing lamp unbeknowenst to me and it was on all day. Came home to a burnt plastic smell and the head of my beseler 67 completely melted. Guess i got lucky the house didnt catch fire.