Swen Bachmann Does Wonderful Work with His Hasselblad 500 C/M

“It is not the photos at the end; it’s the feelings, the experiences, the people and the nature in the individual moments that make up the photo for me personally,” says Hamburg based photographer Swen Bachmann. A long term fan of Hasselblad cameras and their adaptability, Swen loves using his 500CM with underwater housings. Unlike most photographers who buy such housings though, Swen prefers to use these just above the surface of the oceans.

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Why the Mamiya 6 Is the Best Medium Format Camera You Can Get

The Mamiya 6 is a fantastic camera for all the right reasons!

I’ve owned a large variety of cameras. And for a long time, lots of companies made great ones. Some swear by the Mamiya RB67. Others adore their Pentax 67. And there are cults around Hasselblad’s cameras. But after using them all, I only stuck with one. The Mamiya 6 is hands down the best medium format camera you can still get today. And there are lots of great reasons for that.

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Which Film Format Is the Right One for You?

Interested in getting into analog photography, but not sure which film format to use? Our latest infographic has you covered.

Although digital dominates much of the photography market today, analog photography continues to be alive and well. In fact, interest in film photography has been steadily increasing in recent years. So much so that film manufacturers are actively developing and releasing new film emulsions to satisfy the growing demand. For the uninitiated, the film formats available on the market may have you scratching your head in confusion. If you’re just getting started with film photography, our latest original infographic covers some of the most common film formats you can find today. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the various formats outlined below if you’re planning to start shooting film.

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More Awesome Square Format Film Cameras to Add to Your Collection

If you’re still missing some square format cameras in your film photography lineup, allow us to make a handful of suggestions.

When it comes to medium format cameras, square format or 6×6 is considered the standard image size. We’ve previously featured other frame sizes you can opt for, but to get the full experience, square format should never go missing in your film photography gear. If you are still missing one, allow us to give you more recommendations apart from these five square format cameras we already featured.

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This Rare 17mm Fisheye Nikkor Lens is Selling for Nearly $75,000

Fancy a super rare 17mm Fisheye Nikkor Lens for your medium format camera?

Today, in our latest vintage gear hunt, we’re giving a heads up for anyone who fancies a fisheye lens for their medium format cameras — and a really rare one at that. There’s a 17mm f/4 Fisheye Nikkor Lens currently up for grabs on ebay, for anyone with a taste for vintage rarity, supposed Holy Grail of photography gear, and around $75,000.

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Vintage Camera Review: Mamiya 6 Medium Format Rangefinder (120 Format, 6×6 Square Format)

The Mamiya 6 is a camera that I’ve lusted after for many years; and when the opportunity to get one with two lenses for an absolutely unheard of price, I knew that I needed to spring for it. As one of the few great compact interchangeable lens rangefinders that use medium format film, the Mamiya 6 is in my mind one of the most perfect square format cameras ever made. While some may pledge allegiance to Hasselblad and other to Bronica when it comes to SLR cameras, still other will stand by some of the best TLR options on the market that shoot 6×6 format. In many ways, I want you to imagine a Leica M series camera but bigger and plastic. On top of that, this camera is collapsible and has a few features to it that could be considered quirks but in other ways are fail safes.

If you’re the type of photographer that needs a compact medium format shooter the way that I do, then there is almost nothing better.

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Review: Lomography LCA 120

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography LCA 120 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 2001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Earlier this year, Lomography announced the smallest 120 film camera with automatic metering ever made: the LCA 120. Traditionally, no photographer that uses 120 film on a regular basis has ever consistently wanted to shoot with a fully automatic mode. This is why many of these cameras have interchangeable backs, lenses, and various settings. There were also various medium format rangefinders, but those are another story.

The LCA 120 is a medium format (6×6) automatic metering camera with the only variable being ISO control. Focusing involves flipping a switch for zone control. Otherwise, this camera is also the most straightforward and simple medium format camera that I’ve ever touched.

This makes the LCA 120 arguably one of the best cameras that the Phoblographer has tested for street photography.

So what’s the problem?

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Review: Lomography Belair X 6-12

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lomography Belair X 6-12

When Lomography announced the Belair X 6-12, the analog world was abuzz. Being known for lo-tech products such as the LC-A and Diana, no one was expecting such an elaborate piece of technology from the company that is one of the last strongholds of analog photography. Yet, Lomography came up with a 6×12 panoramic medium format folder that not only features interchangeable lenses, but also an electronic meter with auto exposure and interchangeable masks for 6×6, 6×9 and 6×12 format. We had the chance to try out this unique camera.

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Lomography Announces ‘Belair X 6-12’ Panoramic Medium Format Camera with Some Interesting Lenses

The Lomography Belair X 6-12 limited Globetrotter Edition

Holy moly! Where did this come from!? Out of nowhere, Lomography just announced a new medium format film camera — and not just some medium format film camera. The ‘Belair X 6-12’ — so its official designation — is a medium format panoramic camera that exposes 120 roll film in the 6×12 panoramic format, which equals a negative size of 52x104mm. Besides featuring an absolutely gorgeous retro bellows design, the Belair X 6-12 comes with two interchangeable lenses, aperture priority automatic exposure (a first in a 6×12 medium format camera) and the ability to select between the classic 6×6 format, the 35mm-like 6×9 format or the panoramic 6×12 format. Continue reading…