Great to have you with us - though now we have two Andrews, and they're both Andrew "L"s, too ...What the heck, throwing my hat into the ring!
Lets do the Fuji XT3 and 16-80/4 WR!
I'm contemplating the new M mount version of the APO Lanthar myself - for someone who feels underwhelmed by the Summicron-M after shooting with the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 (a lens that also ousted the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 as my "best" current normal), I think the APO Lanthar might put things "right" again ... It doesn't help that I've read Phillip Reeves review of the lens ...Heck, I need more incentives to go out and shoot. Count me in please. I'll be participating with the Sony A7Rm4 and Zeiss Loxia 2/50. Some vague GAS is playing up every now and then: should I exchange the Loxia 2/50 for a Voigtländer Lanthar 2/50? I certainly won't limit myself to the 50mm lens for shooting besides this challenge, I keep returning to the Loxia 2/35, it turns out that that is my default lens.
Will that be the D, the G or a manual version? Just curious ...Put me down for Nikon df with Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Matt, It will be the G version. As always, thank you for organizing and implementing these challenges.Will that be the D, the G or a manual version? Just curious ...
It's coming along nicely, folks - we'll certainly be quite an interesting crew; very worthwhile setups already, too
Great to have you with us, Barrie - and just as a thought: Maybe you can carry the odd film camera (I'm certainly planning to do that) from time to time, so you can still enjoy the process and the results. I've just stocked up on film and chemicals - should (finally!) be fun.Once again I’ve left it until very late in the day to make my decision about participating. I wasn’t going to take part for three reasons, 1. It’s in January again! 2. My health isn’t good, I need an operation, fat chance of that in the UK for some considerable time and I get about 4.5 hours sleep a night if I’m lucky and 3. Covid, I’m not happy about roaming very far for the not essential purpose of taking photographs.
Recently I’ve been posting images from my days using 35mm and 120 size film and, despite the often low image quality I’ve been happy with the results, not just because of a trip down memory lane but I can see some unexplained difference between digital and film with film somehow winning out aesthetically. At the same time I’ve been very taken with the images of photographers like Bert Hardy, Thurston Hopkins, Edith Tudor-Hart, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Bill Brandt and Kurt Hutton. Most of them were at their peak in the 1940’s and 1950’s with compelling images often centring on social issues of the day such as poverty and the disparity between rich and poor. Their images are gritty with limited image quality but huge subject appeal. (Note that I'm not comparing myself with any of those greats!)
For me my own local parish is probably photographed out so it will mean trips to either Kingsbridge or Salcombe which will at least get me out of the house. I’m hoping to show the less touristy side of those two towns and attempt something along darker and grittier lines, I might fail spectacularly.
Whilst I’d like to be using film there’s no chance of doing that so I’ll have to choose a digital camera. I’m not particularly interested in the gear if truth be told, for me it’s the image. I go along with Bert Hardy’s idea that the photographer and not the camera makes the image, after all one of his most famous images was taken with a Box Brownie and a home made improvised viewfinder, however some choice has to be made, so I’ll start off with a Leica D-Lux Typ 109, the limited zoom will give me some choice over a prime lens and for me it benefits from having an aperture ring I can control manually.
See you on the other side for a journey I might find a little rough and not finish, or change tack or gear part way through.
PS I’m sure I’ve lost my reason after many lonely months in my isolated cottage.
Hi Matt, I've yet to stock up on film or chemicals, that's something planned for the New Year, and I'm no longer sure where my developing tank is, the search is on.Great to have you with us, Barrie - and just as a thought: Maybe you can carry the odd film camera (I'm certainly planning to do that) from time to time, so you can still enjoy the process and the results. I've just stocked up on film and chemicals - should (finally!) be fun.
I've just decided: I *will* use the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 - it'll be challenging, but I think the lens is worthy of more attention (at least by me).
Hey, Barrie, if push comes to shove (i.e. you can't find the darned thing), just drop me a message, I'll send you one of mine (no charge whatsoever!). The small one (I have two Patersons) is currently being superseded by the Ars-Imago Lab-Box as it is!Hi Matt, I've yet to stock up on film or chemicals, that's something planned for the New Year, and I'm no longer sure where my developing tank is, the search is on.