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    With which camera do you have the best 'flow'?

    It has taken us quite some time to figure out with which cameras we had the best 'flow' experience - in the sense of the word as coined by professor Csikszentmihalyi. For us these happen to be the Optika, the Pecoflex and the Kiev 60 with WLF. They seem to suit our personalities and personal needs best. When working with one of these, we seem to forget that there is a 'machine' between us and what we're doing. The camera becomes part of the flow and the concentration on the job is 100%. (I am not describing it in the best possible way, but I'm giving it my best shot.)

    These are not necessarily the best cameras ever made, but that's not the point. We've had a Linhof Technika, but never really got friendly with it. Didn't like the knobs, for starters. Instead, we make do with the much cheaper Graphic View II - still usable in very cold weather. At the moment I have a very beautiful Linhof 220 RS with a razor sharp Technikar, but it just hasn't got flow. Never in the world we would want to have a Hassy, since we don't like the way it holds or is operated, even though the lens quality is legendary. One of us likes Rollei type TLR's, but the other gets seasick just holding it. And so forth, and so on.

    Now we were wondering if other people had the same kind of experiences with their camera(s)? Which camera has the best 'flow' potential for you and can you explain why it suits you so well. It would be interesting to hear your personal stories.

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    I am having a difficult time determining who "we" are.

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    You haven't met King Norm, Don? It's the "royal We"

    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
    You haven't met King Norm, Don? It's the "royal We"

    No, no, it's more like a gollum...

    'we' is two people sharing this one name for the sake of... oh well, a lot of things, really. What counts is that we operate very closely and both do a lot of photography (but still not as much as we'd like to). Does that clear things up for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by medform-norm
    No, no, it's more like a gollum...

    'we' is two people sharing this one name for the sake of... oh well, a lot of things, really. What counts is that we operate very closely and both do a lot of photography (but still not as much as we'd like to). Does that clear things up for you?
    You might look into analysis...

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    Maybe you would get fewer puzzled inquiries, if you changed your username to, say "medform-norm-and-hildegard" or whoever the other half of "norm" is.

    As to the original question, I guess I have the best flow with the camera I've owned the longest--a Canon "New" F-1 that I've had since around 1983. I'm pretty comfortable with the Tech V and the Bronica S2A and the Perkeo II and my 8x10" Gowland.

    The Bessa II never felt quite right, so I sold that one, but other than that, I think I can integrate most equipment into the "flow," if I use it enough.

    I just picked up a Sinar F1, and that feels very natural to use. I tried Tom Duffy's P2, at the Asbury Park shoot, and I could imagine getting used to that very quickly.
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    My best flow would be my Nikon 35mm. But with me using it less and less, the Mamiya RB is catching up. I don't use my TLR any more. Never got all that comfortable with it.
    The 35mm is what I learned on and it has that handy built in meter thingy. I believe that's why I get the flow. One less thing to worry about.
    With the RB, I have to slow down, take readings, setting up the tripod takes longer. Gives me more time to think and look at the shot I'm considering.

    While I can shoot a roll of 35mm easier, I get a higher percentage of images (that I like) when I'm shooting 120 format. Perhaps my "flow" isn't currently what's best for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    Maybe you would get fewer puzzled inquiries, if you changed your username to, say "medform-norm-and-hildegard" or whoever the other half of "norm" is.
    Maybe we should change it to 1+1=2. But that still would not stop people being puzzled as to who 'we' would be. So we'll leave it like this for the time being. Being puzzled is not necessarily an unhealthy state of mind.

    Funny you mentioning the Canon F-1N. Totally forgot to include that in our list as well. It's a real nice camera to handle and very tiny if you're used to handling larger gear. Always suprised how light it is.

    Would like to know what's important in a camera for you in order to integrate it succesfully into your "flow"? What didn't feel right about the Bessa II for instance? Something about the design that didn't match your approach?

    Cheers, Norm

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    I know, and agree with the idea of flow. For me, it is the Hasselblad 503Cx.

    Why? I don't have a clue. It is, that's all.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogueish
    While I can shoot a roll of 35mm easier, I get a higher percentage of images (that I like) when I'm shooting 120 format. Perhaps my "flow" isn't currently what's best for me.
    Or maybe you're going through a process that David has called so rightly "integrating a camera into a flow"?

    Bought the Linny 220 because it has a built-in light meter thingy, which is very nice. Camera is just godawfully huge to operate. Can barely reach the release button on the top of the anatomical grip. Hands are too small.

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