Cambo Ultima 23D Leaf Aptus 22

Many years I was hesitant to buy into a large format / medium format viewcamera system, such as the Cambo Ultima 23D with Leaf Aptus 22. After serious consideration five years ago I chickened out and bought a Pentax 645D. When I finally sold the Pentax to get this system two years ago, not all … Continue reading “Cambo Ultima 23D Leaf Aptus 22”

Photographing a screw

The previous two years I have worked as a marketing person for Jeveka, a technical wholesaler in fasteners and tools. We’re talking about screws here mostly. Important for the screw is the head, where you can see the screw drive type and markings if any. Also the fact that screws are round. This is clearly … Continue reading “Photographing a screw”

I <3 my Ricoh GR

Following Eli Dijkers and Rosa Lien who are shooting amazing, albeit very different, photographs with it I bought a Ricoh GR.  I wanted in on this good thing. Fixed wideangle focal length, no anti-alias, aps-c sensor size. Completely manual if you want. What’s not to like? Not much, turns out. Just two things: Fudging. There … Continue reading “I <3 my Ricoh GR"

Pentax 645D tethered shooting

Shooting with the camera connected to the computer is called tethered shooting. It is especially handy when shooting still life photography. You can control the camera from your computer and the images are saved to said computer immediately. Saves you the trouble of moving a physical object (the memory card) back and forth. It usually … Continue reading “Pentax 645D tethered shooting”

Nikon FM2N

No piece of metal is worth more to me than my Nikon FM2N, except maybe a couple of wedding rings. And that is precisely why I am selling this phenomenal piece of photographic machinery together with its favourite companion, the Carl Zeiss ZF 2/28. I’m getting married. The decision to sell this camera felt like … Continue reading “Nikon FM2N”

Been busy

The last couple of weeks have been quite busy, not in the least because I wanted to finish some projects before starting the Fotoacademie (next tuesday!). Last weekend I had a fantastic shoot involving cooking products, a dead fish and a live chicken. I will show you the photographs as soon as I’m allowed. My … Continue reading “Been busy”

Why the Pentax 645D

Recently I laid awake wondering why I bought the Pentax 645D. I remembered it had something to do with it being the most affordable digital medium format camera (albeit with a cropped sensor). Back when the 645Z was not available yet, nor the Canon 5DS R (a viable alternative to medium format if you are … Continue reading “Why the Pentax 645D”

Pocketwizards with leaf shutter: are they fast enough?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: until now I have always had enough cord-length to connect my Pentax 135 mm leaf shutter lens directly to the studio flash, but I promised to check whether the wireless triggers I own (Pocketwizard Multimax) were fast enough to be used with the 1/500 x-sync of the LS lens, also because I wanted … Continue reading “Pocketwizards with leaf shutter: are they fast enough?”

SMC Pentax 645 LS 1:4 135mm

– Attach the SMC Pentax 645 LS 1:4 135mm the usual way to your Pentax 645D. – When selecting the shutterspeed on the lens (front ring) leaf shutter operation is automatically engaged on the body, it displays “LS” on the screen. – Available shutterspeeds: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and 1/500. – The lens also has a setting of … Continue reading “SMC Pentax 645 LS 1:4 135mm”

645D: ISO 100 vs ISO 200

Today was my second day shooting with the Pentax 645D. We’re still getting to know eachother. I found out the electronic level is not level (as I suspected the first day already). Since I’m not the only Pentax user experiencing this it probably is behaviour by design, I’ll just put my bubble level in my … Continue reading “645D: ISO 100 vs ISO 200”