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    What camera you own makes you feel "creative"?

    I've worked with a lot of different cameras over the years but the one camera that always seems to have a special "feel" and "energy" to it when I pick it up is my Rollei TLR. Have no idea why but when I'm out with it things happen and I come back with usually my best stuff in ages. It's not just the format as I have a Blad as well, it's something else. Nothing that can be quantified, rationalized or anything like that, it just comes from within.

    Do you have a special camera like that?
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    Mamiya 330 professional S.It's not my "best" or "favourite" camera but it's always been a great camera for photographing my children.I like how it sits in both hands,maybe its the square format-there never seems to be anything to crop.

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    All of my cameras make me feel creative, some in different ways.

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    For some reason, anything with a waist level finder gets me in the "zone" so much quicker and more thoroughly than prisms or rangefinder viewfinders. My running theory is that I can see the image in the viewfinder as a final print more effectively than in other cameras. The moment I strap a tripod to it that magic goes away, so LF doesn't have the effect for that reason.

    I have ended up with the most unconventional and personally satisfying photos through a WLF, mainly my Bronica GS-1. They feel the most "me" if that makes any sense.

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    3 way toss up between a graphic view II, speed graphic, and a minolta 800si of all things
    Real men use Speed Graphics and flashbulbs.

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    Using any one of the TLRs, Holgas, or pinhole cameras that I own often stirs my creativity, although there aren't always a lot of keepers. But the photos of mine that I like the best all seem to come from my TLRs and Holgas, so there you go. I also like my panoramic Horizon 202 although it unfortunately gets left behind way too often. Since I've gone square I find I'm much more creative than I am in a rectangle. I don't know why.
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    Each camera brings something a little different, but no less creative,

    I'd guess my Wista gets used most creatively, but my Yashicamat or Rolleiflex aren't too far behind, likewise the 6x17

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    It all depends on how I feel about each camera at that time.

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    For me it has been the other way around. I found an idea that I wanted to pursue and then looked for a camera that would best capture that idea. For two and a half years I have photographed the OH & Erie Canal and its environment in its evolution from trash heap of the 1940s-70s to recreational park and tourist playground of 2007-9. A Phillips 7x17 allowed me to capture the detail, shapes and perspective of the project.

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