Camera Gear

The Fuji GW670II

Pictures were taken with a fully-mechanical non-electronic non-battery Fuji GW670II and a high-resolution DSLR. The Fuji is a fixed-lens construction and gives razor-sharp images. Basically it works like a 24x36mm Leica M3, it’s just the 6×7 cm film which gives superior quality. You also need to set the aperture and time manually, both located at the lens. The lens also shows marks for the focus range at different apertures and the hyperfocal distance. The lens is very sharp at an aperture of 8-11, and images printed at 80 x 70 cm (app 32 x 27″) display a very good resolution. The 6×7 cm Fujifilm color slides of the GW670II are digitized and printed in a professional lab.

… compared to DSLR

Large >60 cm sized prints of a full-frame Canon Mark V 21 MP DSLR camera show much better resolution than that of 24×36 mm standard ISO100 film. However, the 6×7 seems to be slightly superior in terms of color range and resolution.

… digital APS-C range finders RF

While DSLRs are still bulky and heavy to carry to remote areas, digital RF bodies nowadays provide low weight high resolution option. The Sony A6000 fitted with an adapter from Novoflex allows to attach low weight super-quality lenses such as Zeiss ZMs or Leica Ms. The Sony comes with the smaller APS-C chip, having a slight lower depth of field (DOF) although that depends on the focal length and aperture. Each lens should be tested for color fringing before purchasing the lens. Tourist signs show a good contrast of white letters on the dark signboard. Shoot pictures from different locations and angles of that signboard. You easily note possible purple fringes. Manual focusing allows tag sharp pictures even in low light situations such as exploding Stromboli volcano at night. Focus peaking and zoom-in functions are additional features ensuring sharp images. For fast moving objects the old lenses offer the depth of field (DOF) scale. Although a nice, small, light-weight camera, shooting the camera manually is hard to manage due to small buttons.

… micro4third cameras

This systems is small to carry anywhere and comes with excellent light-weight small lenses. The pay-off is a smaller sensor with a crop factor of 2. Panasonic’s G80 is light weight, water resistant and its controls are easy to manage manually. There are discussions on the  performance of the small 4/3-chip (crop 2, vs  APS-C crop 1.5). Indeed the crop of a 50mm f1.7 lens makes it a 100m f3.4. However, Panasonic’s small aperture lenses such as the 15 1.7 and 42.5 1.7 are powerful tools to blur the background. Don’t forget some grey filters to make use of such lenses at sunlight, and with Doerr’s step-up there is no need to buy filters twice.  It’s only disadvantage is its power needs, thus don’t forget to take some additional batteries such as from Pantona.

… and point and shoot cameras

There are still only few point and shoot cameras on the market come with an APS-C chip. One of them the Sony RX with a low aperture of 1.8, offers manual aperture control, and comes with an integrated pop-up viewfinder. The latter I find essential in bright light.

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