Hasselblad 903SWC

Durham Lane

Durham Lane

As much as I like shooting digital there is still something I love about shooting film. Not sure I have ever loved a film camera like the Hasselblad 903SWC. Hasselblad and Leica are on a par for me as far as the feel of the ‘camera in the hand’.

The recent release of CFV-50c Digital back for V series cameras got me thinking. Do I like shooting film, or do I like using film cameras? (See CFV-50c here) If by chance Karin let me spend $20k on a digital back, would I still shoot film? I really don’t think I would, so the answer to my question probably is, I love using old film cameras more than I like shooting film.

Fort St, Auckland

Fort St, Auckland

The two shots above are just walking around my home town, and shows how versatile the SWC is. It is amazing how little distortion there is, as long as camera is level. Couldn’t resist the photo below, superb subject matter.

Ferrari 458

Ferrari 458  (I think)

Is also an easy camera to carry around shooting landscapes. I am a sucker for the 6×6 square. This would a problem for me with digital though because most of the backs are 6×4.5, small price to pay though because I could still crop image square.

Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach, from Bowentown

Waihi Beach, from Bowentown

So unless by some chance a CFV-50c falls out of the sky, or turns up for my upcoming 50th birthday, I will keep shooting film. Not to much of a burden really because there is still something about the colour, tone and texture you get from film that I would really miss.

All of the shots above were shot on Kodak Potra 400. Is winter here and a couple of stops of light makes 400ASA a better option than 100ASA.

A couple of B&W  below to finish. Shot with C41 XP2

Winter Walk

Winter Walk

Vogels Toast?

Vogels Toast Cafe?

Random lines

Random lines

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