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    Rob Skeoch's Avatar
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    So this is what I came up with.... it's a bit of a rant but makes sense in the end.

    I've decided to continue shooting rodeo cowboy portraits for the next while. The enjoyment of shooting the portraits is what got this whole thing started.

    It's important to know that I own a traditional photography retail outlet.... which does have some influence on the equipment I use and film's I shoot with.

    Last year I backpacked through China with my daughter and took along a pair of Zeiss Ikon rangefinders and a pile of black and white Delta 100 and 400. Although I'm happy with the work from the trip, and made a series of nice portraits, I doubt if my future trips will be film only.... more likely one Zeiss Ikon and a M9. So I'm selling off my back-up film rangefinders.

    For regular 35mm I use Sony digital cameras, since I do work for Sony. They never made a film camera so I have a F6 for shooting with an SLR. I don't shoot with it all that much but will keep it in the drawer.

    I have an entire Pentax 645 system, which is the odd man out and I'm going to get rid of it. It's a great system but I want to focus on large format and the Pentax makes me lazy.

    My large format of choice has been the Ebony SV810. This is a great camera, a joy to use and I have an 8x10 enlarger to make the large prints I like to make.

    The problem with the Ebony is that I carry five brands of 8x10 cameras at my retail store.... but Ebony is no longer one of the brands.... so I decided a while back to sell the Ebony brand camera and replace it with a new camera. This opened up a whole new can of worms.... which brand, but also which format. I've noticed both my friends and enemy's are switching to lighter gear as we grow older. So after much thought I decided to switch to 4x10 from the 8x10 and also add a 5x7 back.

    So there we have it. I'm going to shoot portraits of rodeo cowboys on a 4x10 ShenHao camera and print them in the darkroom that I'm keeping open. I just need to get a 4x10 negative holder built.

    I'll have to switch film from the Delta 100 that I love but isn't in 4x10, and start using FP4 since I sell that at the store.

    I've sent in the order for the new camera, started selling off the excess gear and ordered a few extra boxes of film in the new format.

    Now where did I put that saddle.

    -Rob
    pumped and ready for the new adventure
    Rob Skeoch
    This is my blog http://thepicturedesk.blogspot.com/
    This my website for photo supplies...
    www.bigcameraworkshops.com
    This is my website for Rangfinder gear
    www.rangefinderstore.com

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    Jerevan's Avatar
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    Great end of the story, with a new beginning. Good luck on the new adventures!
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    Good to hear you kept the darkroom. There were / are so many dazzling conflicts in your story, that I could hardly imagine you making a rational decision.

    Like:

    "I had a chance to try out the new Sony A33 Alpha. This photo was done with face detection using the Sony Zeiss 135mm Lens."

    And than:

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Skeoch View Post
    I have an entire Pentax 645 system, which is the odd man out and I'm going to get rid of it. It's a great system but I want to focus on large format and the Pentax makes me lazy.
    Face detection... Come on!!! For anyone having used LF, this is just a plain insult (and you know it in your heart too! )

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Skeoch View Post
    For regular 35mm I use Sony digital cameras, since I do work for Sony. They never made a film camera so I have a F6 for shooting with
    an SLR. I don't shoot with it all that much but will keep it in the drawer.
    Yeh, well, Sony didn't make SLR camera's either, Minolta did, and for film too. You really should try out a Dynax / Maxxum 7 or 9 once, if you have the Sony Zeiss lenses at your disposal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Skeoch View Post
    It's important to know that I own a traditional photography retail outlet.... which does have some influence on the equipment I use and film's I shoot with.
    ...
    Now where did I put that saddle.

    -Rob
    pumped and ready for the new adventure
    You'd be the last person we'd expect here to contemplate all this... Good you decided to go for another ride
    Last edited by Marco B; 11-15-2010 at 03:06 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    My website

    "The nineteenth century began by believing that what was reasonable was true, and it wound up by believing that what it saw a photograph of, was true." - William M. Ivins Jr.

    "I don't know, maybe we should disinvent color, and we could just shoot Black & White." - David Burnett in 1978

    "Analog is chemistry + physics, digital is physics + math, which ones did you like most?"

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