Normally when I go on vacation I’ll bring two or three cameras at least. For our recent 2000 mile road trip, however, I stuck to my Travelwide 90. The Travelwide was designed to be a large format camera you could easily travel with and shoot hand-held. So in keeping with that design intent, I brought just one pack (20 sheets) of 4×5 Neopan Acros 100 and two film holders. Everything fit in my small camera bag. Well, except for the changing bag I kept in my trunk for the zillion times I had to load and offload the film. Maybe I’ll bring more holders next time😉
Here are some of my favorite scans from the pack as we travelled through Ashland, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver:
I actually forgot to focus this one above, and had it set to 1.5 meters from the shot prior. I still like it though! =P
Would I travel with the Travelwide again? Definitely. The look from images shot on such an enormous format is really quite special, and it’s crazy how easy it is to explore all day with such a light and portable system. The only other accessory I may need is a better viewfinder. The inlcuded finder is just a couple of metal squares, so it was hard to get my framing right. Other than that, I’m looking forward to shooting with this camera even more!
All Shots: Wanderlust Travelwide 90 + Schneider 90mm f/6.8 Angulon. Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100.
Here’s a camera I’ll be spending a lot of time with, especially considering how long I waited to actually get it. I pre-ordered my Wanderlust Travelwide system in the spring of 2014 and finally received it this month. Yup, a two year wait! From what I understand there were a lot of manufacturing issues that prevented a timely delivery, but it’s all good. It was a kickstarter project, after all😉
The Travelwide is basically a large format point-and-shoot. It accepts 4×5 film holders and can be configured to take large format lenses like the 65mm Super-Angulon, pictured above, or the nice and compact 90mm Angulon (mine is currently being CLA’d). The entire system, with a lens, a couple film holders, and all included accessories, fits nicely in my smallest camera bag, which I typically use to carry mirrorless cameras and lenses. Very cool.
This is also my first real experience shooting large format. A workmate of mine gifted me some sheets of transparency film, and I found my dad’s old changing bag in a pile of photo gear he gave me, so it was just a matter of learning to load the film holders (not easy at first) and heading out to shoot some photos!
So far I’ve shot 4 sheets. Here’s the first one, taken with the 65mm Super-Angulon:
Scanning film this size at the lab is quite pricey, so I just back lit the developed slides with an iPad and photographed them with a high resolution camera. Seems to have done the trick for now:
Another with the 65mm:
The camera ships with a pinhole cap, cut to f/283. The longer exposures required to shoot pinhole mean you’re generally on a tripod. I took a couple shots using my gorilla pod:
The frames above and below were both shot with the pinhole attachment and exposed for between 3 and 4 seconds. Can’t be all that precise with the timing when the shutter system is your hand and a black piece of plastic😉
The pinhole shots are obviously not as sharp as the ones taken with the Super-Angulon, but you still gotta love the color you get with slide film. 4×5 slide film…MMM-mmm.
Travelwide + 65mm Super-Angulon/Pinhole Pinwide
Kodak E100G 4×5
Squeezing in one last blog post for the year. Images taken with perhaps my favorite digital camera ever, the amazing Leica Q mirrorless.
From a recently developed roll of Portra 160, which I left half-shot and locked away in my camera for a little too long.
Leica M3 + Portra 160
Been loving these longer days. This the perfect time of year for evening hikes on Bernal Hill, Suki’s favorite place to romp around. We try our best to keep up with her
Nikon D810 + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART
First post of the year is from a roll of black and white with my trusty rangefinder, this time shot mostly with the with the incredible Leica Tri-Elmar 16-18-21 f/4 ASPH. I’m hoping to shoot a lot more film this year….
Leica M3 | Kodak T-max 100 | Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux | Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21 f/4 ASPH