Pulled toward the whirlpool . . .
OK, so this summer, I cobbled together a Bronica SQ-A and began to get my feet wet in medium format, a decades old fantasy. Initially I approached it as going minimalist -- spend about $400 - $500 -- one body, one back, one lens, one viewfinder; shoot B&W and process at home, printing with an Omega B8 that "suddenly arrived here."
So I've dabbled, had some back -- uh film back -- problems, got 'em resolved. Was unhappy with my ancient slow CDS light meter and not satisifed with attempts to adapt it to silver oxide batteries. So I broke down and bought a Gossen Digisix -- a trifle disconcerting, as it feels like an empty plastic box, but it appears to work. It even tells me the time -- and the temperature -- I can't tell you how much I've always wanted that <snicker> :rolleyes: .
Anyway, knowing that slide film is the ultimately fussy test of exposure, I put a roll of Provia 100F through the beastie last Monday and got it processed. Oh my goodness -- now I find myself looking at 6x6 slide projectors on e*ay! I've already been eyeing a 65 mm f4 lens and have just acquired back #3. Is there help for me?!!
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Good Afternoon, Dave,
Yes there is. The symptoms you have experienced will abate considerably when you begin to explore LF.
Nothing like a 6x6 slide projected! Many years ago I was hired to do supplemental slides for a exhibit at a National Park here in Michigan. They all had to be trannys for projection. I had never seen such a show prior and was completely blown away by the final presentation. It was huge... and sharp as a tack.
Originally Posted by DWThomas
I know the feeling. Finally picked up a B&L 6x6 projector a couple of months back. It's a beast, but was fairly cheap and came with lots of slide trays and 35mm slide adapters. Haven't used it yet, as my MF transparencies had been 6x9 and 6x7 and I couldn't justify getting a projector THAT big. Of course that also raises the question of whether to keep my 35mm projector. It's getting crowded around here, between cameras, lighting equipment, enlargers, projectors, dive gear, sailing gear, and books.
There are worse ways to spend your money. I have never found the need for the purchase of a 6 x 6 or even a 6 x 7 slide projector. But, I shoot more 35mm or 4 x 5 than my medium format Rollei TLR or my Mamiya 7II. I would suggest at least for a while to get another lens or 2 and enjoy looking at the chromes on the light box for a while before I decided to invest in the slide projector. Don't forget, the projectors will shorten the life of the chromes. You may actually find real delight in printing some of the chromes either conventionally as a Ilfochrome (Cibachrome) or digitally through a machine like a LightJet or a Chromira.
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Originally Posted by DBP
Just don't put the yacht into the house. :o
Yes there is hope for you. The SQa was my first medium format camera and I've reached the point where I've settled down. Of course I have 2 bodies, the AE prism, WL finder, speed grip, the 40, 50, 80, 150 and 250 lenses, 2 6x6 backs and a 6x4.5 back, pro hood that fits all but the 40mm. So see if gets better. Of course the sad part is I haven't shot this camera in over a year. Seems I bought a 4x5 outfit. But I do like the 6x6 format, so much that I recently bought 2 Rolleiflexes.
Help, it doesn't stop. I was wrong. Run away as fast as you can.
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Originally Posted by Konical
As will your bank account...
Let's face it, you're dooomed. Just like the rest of us.
Not a problem, as I don't have a trailer to tow it on and it weighs a little more than my car anyway. I did consider sleeping aboard a few nights recently when I couldn't use my bedrooms. And I do often keep a camera aboard - a Ricoh RW-1.
Originally Posted by naturephoto1
Originally Posted by DWThomas
No. There is no going back. Now that you have seen mf chromes you cannot go back. I know this from personal experience...