A Linhof 612 for street photography?

A strange premise I agree but the massive 6×12 negative gives you so much room to spare when walking the streets. I am not really a classic street photographer, I don’t like shoving a camera in someones face, rather I am more a ‘what is happening’ on the streets type of guy. The photo below a young guy was losing his car, two cop cars and a tow truck means he is walking home. The 612 neg fits it all in with room to spare.

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Is winter here in NZ and I thought I would go for a walk to look for some fallen leaves. Had the Linhof loaded with Kodak Ektar so the colours should be nice a punchy. Auckland has more  evergreen flora but was able to find some deciduous trees, and a huge pile of leaves.

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It certainly is not a quick fire experience of zone focusing a rangefinder camera and shooting from the hip but the results of this gem speak for themselves. The Linhof is built like a tank and everything about it has been well thought out. Simple to load, simple to advance, all in all simple to use.

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Never say never on using any camera on the street. As much as I like digital I don’t think I will ever give up film.

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