Recent Roll: Melissa and Her Cinelli Bolt Feb 15, 2013

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I’ve been wanting to shoot photos of Melissa and her Cinelli Bolt since this summer but never got the chance to. Earlier this week, my Mamiya 7ii came in the mail and I had to do a test roll, which is when I finally bumped into Melissa with a camera in hand. The photos came out great and although I can see a few things I’ll have to be mindful of (keeping those vertical lines straight, proper exposure with the meter, etc), I’m very pleased with the Mamiya 7ii. Even scanning medium format on my dinky Epson v600 produces great results (see above).

Pardon me while I talk under these photos of Melissa…

So why buy ANOTHER camera?

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Long story short, I’m going to Taiwan and China to do some light touring and sightseeing. I wanted to limit my camera selection to my 5D with one lens, for daily updates and a medium format rig for producing content for a forthcoming gallery show. I’ll also have my T4 loaded with black and white in my jersey pocket. Since I’ll have to carry my gear around, I want something lightweight and easy to use on the fly.

The thought of bringing my Hasselblad, with all the film backs, around China was daunting. I wanted something that I could throw in a musette / waterproof bag or the ILE Photo Mini bag, pull out and fire. While the Hasselblad is great for stopping, metering, framing and firing, I wanted something that I could shoot on the go and capture those moments you encounter while on a bike.

Rangefinders have their weaknesses, but so do prism viewfinders, WLF and even TTL systems. The Mamiya 7ii’s system is so easy. It’s light, ergonomically superior and with the Leaf shutter, you can go to staggeringly-slow shutter speeds as long as you’re mindful. With 220 film, I’ll get 20 exposures, which means less time changing film and even though the film selection is rather limited, I have no problem using Portra 160 or Portra 400. If I want to use 120, I just flip the plate and load it up.

I get nervous having to rely on a new camera but already, it feels very natural and wasn’t nearly as daunting as the Hasselblad was initially.

  • Ian Stone

    Anymore pictures from this roll?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      On my Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnprolly/ 

  • http://theradavist.com John Watson

    PORTRA.

    Thank you spell-checker intern.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16203819 Sze Chun Chan

    If this was a dude, he needed to have an NJS class and up bike to get featured here.

  • Joe Roggenbuck

    I have a hard time getting friends to pose for me with my Fuji GW690ii when I have to meter first.  They get kind of awkward.  I should to be faster and better at making them comfortable, but the 7ii sounds awesome for that issue.

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      It wasn’t always the metering that slows down the process for me, but making sure the focus was on. Rangefinder systems are a lot faster than WLF or prisms, IMO.

  • Bernhard Pucher

    what software are you useing to scan your film?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Whatever Epson supplies. It works just fine. I turn off sharpening / ICE / adjustments and take the raw file into Lightroom to tweak the curves. That’s pretty much it.

  • http://twitter.com/wondersloth Matt Edwards

    CAAD SPOTTTED

  • Colin Loughlin

    Glad you mentioned what film scanner your using, I work as a drum-scanner operator and have always thought your film scans looked good, surprised to hear your using a dinky Epson flatbed, but regardless looks great! Also beautiful bike and girl. 

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      The v600 is pretty bad at 35mm but seems to be good enough for prints. It’s just the high-res and overall clarity that is worrisome. 

      Supposedly, the v750 Pro is much better and there are third party film carriers that keep the film flat and close to the heads. I just haven’t messed with them enough.

      • Colin Loughlin

        I would totally recommend the V750, we use that at my work too, it produces really nice results, and if you get the fluid mounting kit (which is the way to go for scanning film) the results are even better! 

  • Lemontime

    #favourite

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.gee.562 Melissa Gee

    :) 

  • Gregory Ralich

    Jeans and a crew neck it must be FREEZING down there! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WHQILAHU42PWGRAJABV3NLNUGA Greg R

    suddenly i’m a bulls fan?

  • Mr. Niubi

    When you coming to China and where you going?  If you’re in Beijing come ride with the Big Dirty–www.bigdirtycycling.com–as a fan of the site I’d be psyched to show you around!

    • David Erwin

      Yea buddy BIG DIRTY all the way.  Speaking as another member of the coolest bike club in the city of Big Dirty Beijing we would love to meet you mate!! you can email me at david.erwin09@gmail.com or david.natooke.com hook it up, hope to see you if you come to Beijing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Doran/702962773 Simon Doran

    yep

  • http://twitter.com/1000archangels 1000archangels

    I am in love a little