In total I’ve taken 5 films on the Baldix and 6 on the Bessa I. In frames, we’re talking about 60 and 40 frames respectively. Bearing in mind the majority were exploratory, (how to use, do they work, what are the shortfalls) and ‘what if’ shots (trying them in different situations/subjects), I’m quite happy with the outcomes.
Both are quite capable of giving out, to my mind, beautiful images. That’s not to say all my images were successful, but where they aren’t, I’m content that I understand the reasons why individual frames didn’t work. Some are down to poor practice on my part, others down to ‘foibles’ of the cameras or just poor choice of subject on my part.
Of all the frames I’ve taken, this one is my favourite.
Had I the funds, I would have no hesitation in going out to buy a brand new medium format folding camera. Is there one? Yes! Voightlander still make a Bessa III . I would carry it with me when I went out doing the digital imaging thing – I could take my 100s of digital images with my DSLR and my photographs with my folding camera. As it is, I’ll probably take the Baldix with me, as, while it’s images are softer and have lower contrast than the Bessa, it is more reliable and lens sits parallel with the film without added persuasion.
I was wondering what to do with this particular blog, whether to continue or to led it fade. I’ve decided to continue but expand it’s purpose….. As I’m still keen on using film I’m going to expand the blog’s scope to include all my film photography, both 35mm and 120.
I’ve put new batteries in my Canon EOS 30, and Yashica 108. I’ve a Rolleiflex SL66 (which needs no batteries – but weighs a ton) and of course the two folders. I’m also considering buying a old rangefinder camera with a reasonable lens.
So……. let the new game begin!