A while back I posted about my experience in using John’s behemothic Nikon F2 but it’s really only a featherweight when comparing it to one of his other acquisitions: a 6×9 Mamiya Press camera.
Over the past few months John has been carving a dent in his shoulder carrying The Press in a satchel on our little journeys around the state. The first roll of film we tried, Kodak Porta 400NC, was plagued by some serious light leaks due to the decaying seals on the filmback. This problem was corrected by John for the subsequent rolls by encasing the camera with gaffa tape once the film was spooled.
The two photographs displayed here are my own composition using The Press on Fujichrome Velvia 50 slide film through the Seikosha-S 90mm f/3.5 lens. The first was taken at the Maroondah Reservoir and the second just outside the Cathedral Range State Park (which we couldn’t enter due to the bushfire damage).
We’ve been having a lot of trouble with the parallax error associated with this huge rangefinder camera and the focusing of nearer objects. Hopefully we can work it all out with a couple more test rolls because the resulting slides are brilliant to peruse.