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Zenza Bronica ETR Si

So, after thinking about it quite a bit, I saved up, and purchased a Zenza Bronica ETRSi medium format film camera. I looked at several, and I liked the 645 format because it’s slightly smaller for carrying – and still has the advantages of the medium format negative.

I shot several rolls of Portra and some Tri-X as well. I’m including some of the images at the bottom of this blog entry.

So, here’s my technical impression of the hardware.

Kodak Portra 800

I wanted to test Portra 800. I’ve heard that it’s a low grain, high speed color film. I haven’t heard much about the color, so I was curious to try it myself.

The equipment included my OM-2, 28mm f3.5 with a circular polarizer. Portra 800 film, naturally.

Quick Photo Walk in Austin

The other day I was wanting to test Kodak Portra 400 film, so I did a lunch time walk around Austin and it’s downtown waterfront area.

For a short walk, I was able to get some nice shots of the waterfront and buildings. I was actually quite pleased with the results, and I like the Portra films in general. The 400 speed is quite flexible too.

One thing I’ve heard about Portra is that it has excellent skin tones. I don’t generally take portraits, but I need to add some people to my photos to test the colors… a future post, maybe.


Digital vs. Analog: Side by Side

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the differences between digital and film photography. There’s the obvious differences that involve the process of capturing images. Since I do most of my work on a computer, digital photos are much easier to work with – since they’re already digital. My analog photos have to be scanned to get them on my computer. Not a big deal, but I’ve been thinking, “What else is different?”

HDR Photography at 98 Degrees

Today I decided to take my dog for a walk at a local park. It sounded like a great idea – and after about 20 minutes we both realized, “This was not a good idea”.

It was a beautiful clear day in central Texas. The sky was nearly cloud-free, just the way I like it for photos. The only problem is that it was 98 degrees Fahrenheit (and getting hotter), so it wasn’t ideal for walking – about 20 minutes was all we could handle. The trail we were on, has very little shade – so the sun was beating down on us relentlessly.

Canon A-1: 40 Years Old

In 1978, Canon introduced the A-1. It was technically more advanced than most of it’s pears (maybe all). It was the first camera to offer a programmed auto-exposure mode, which means it was the first time the camera would decide which shutter speed, and which aperture to use based upon exposure meter readings. It had a built in integrated circuit, and was programmed to calculate the settings automatically.

Olympus XA2

I just found this camera in a box of old camera stuff. I saw something else online about the series of cameras Olympus made back in the early 80’s, so I put some batteries in and thought I’d test it out. The model I have, the XA2, is a lower end model, without precise focusing.

It comes with a 35mm f3.5 D-Zuiko lens, made in Japan. The XA has a 35mm f2.8, rangefinder focusing, and aperture priority auto exposure. So the XA2 is basically the 1981 version of a point and shoot.

New Orleans

A few weeks ago, my family and I went to New Orleans for a few days. Now that we live in Texas, it’s a little bit closer. We love visiting New Orleans, and always love the food, history and music. New Orleans, though, is both the best and the worst of human nature, wrapped into one compact, explorable, city. It’s always shocking to wake up in the morning, go outside when it’s fairly quiet, to see shop owners hosing down their shops, and the sidewalk. The smell of Bourbon Street in the morning is, well, unforgettable.