One more post with the Plaubel Makina 67, the third in a row this month. It seems that this camera has almost replaced my Leica M for travel and documentary photography. Personally, I find it a natural consequence since the 6×7 negative seems huge compared to Leica’s 35mm frame.
When you start shooting medium format film, there’s a point where you can’t easily go back to the 35mm format even if that’s a Leica. Size does matter in photography world whether that’s analog (frame size) or digital (sensor size). With digital you also deal with sensor technology, there are some wonderful APS sensors with excellent image quality but film is standard, the two parameters that matter is negative size and optics. And medium format wins every time.
I must be getting repetitive praising the qualities of the Makina 67, but it’s just a camera to fall in love with. It’s size is just unprecedented for 6×7 camera, it’s even thinner than the Leica M when folded. The rangefinder helps me nail focus almost every time (I can’t really focus manually with a SLR camera) and the fast f2.8 Nikkor allows me to shoot handheld at low light and also “play” with depth of field. The meter is very accurate (or I have learned how to interpret it correctly due to my past experience with the Leica M system) and the 40mm focal length (35mm equivalent) is just right for most situations. Don’t forget that the Nikkor is really a 80mm lens so when you get close to your subject with a wide aperture you also have a wonderful portrait camera.
I could easily walk all day with the Plaubel and only miss a few shots due to its fixed focal length, but operating a single prime makes you master the specific focal length, so you always get a very high percentage of keepers.
That’s all for today, all images were shot with the Makina 67 and Kodak TRI-X 400 film. The first one (with the boat on the frozen lake) was taken at the city of Kastoria (Greece), the rest were taken at the wonderful location of Meteora (above the city of Kalabaka at Greece). All images were shot handheld.
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