It’s the last day of 2012, and before I got out and enjoy this favorite day mine, a few words about the year the passed.
Concerning my photography, the two biggest things were the purchase of the Nikon D800E and the Sinar Norma 4×5 view camera. Two completely different cameras serving my need for making high quality large prints. I know that people today mostly upload their photos on the Web and printing images is not so popular. I myself regularly upload my photos but my primary focus is always to view my best images printed. There’s nothing like viewing a large size print and in order to achieve the best quality I can, these two cameras are essential for me.
The D800(E) was a game changer for the 35mm digital cameras industry. 36 megapixels and a huge dynamic range at this price level was unheard of before the arrival of the D800. It goes right not the territory of medium format digital backs (not reaching them of course, but is very close and if you compare the prices, for an amateur photographer its really a wonderful thing to happen).
But, for one more year, film was my favorite medium of making images. The Sinar Norma is a camera I will heavily use during 2013 trying to master large format.
One camera that really has become a “necessity” for me is the Plaubel Makina 67. I’ve shot many rolls of film with this camera during 2012 and it has become my favorite walk around film camera, replacing the Leica M7. You can’t just beat a 6×7 negative, its just physics. I will probably don’t shoot many 35mm films during 2013, so the Makina 67 will remain my main choice for going out and making images handheld.
For landscape work the Fuji GSW690iii will see much use, mainly with Fuji Velvia 50 slide film.
My panoramic cameras are not getting the use I was planning, mainly due of the nature of their format. Actually the Fotoman 612 is sitting on my shelf without a lens (since I am using the Nikkor 90mm f/8 with my view camera now), and probably will be sold in the near future.
The Leica M8 of course stays mostly as an infrared camera due to my high interest for this king of photography. I am also at the point of deciding which cameras and lenses are going to stay with me and which ones will be sold this year. My arsenal has grown through the years and I have probably spent much more than I can afford !! So, it would be a wise decision to get rid of gear that I have no serious use for, we’ll see how that goes.
If I had to choose one favorite camera for 2012, that would be the Plaubel Makina 67. I believe its also a serious candidate for my next year favorite camera !!
Lastly, I would like to say a great Thank You to all the readers of this blog. I started this year with a 500 readers per month and I am saying goodbye to 2012 with 2500 readers per month. The fact the 2500 people from all over the world take a look at my posts each month is really something, and once again I’d like to thank all of you for taking the time to visit my blog.
Happy New Year to everyone !!!