The 50mm Lens

Last weekend while recording the podcast with Cody and Thomas, we were discussing 50mm lenses and our love of them. I knew I owned a bunch of different ones over the years, but didn't realize how many until I started counting them off. Holy crap - I have issues I think. I can't believe the number of 50's I have purchased in the last 10 years (give or take).

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Mississippi Delta and Beyond

Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of traveling to Mississippi for a photo-walk (SEWLK 1.0) I co-hosted with the über-talented Ashleigh Coleman. After NEWLK 5.0 on Nantucket Island last spring, Ashleigh and I talked about bringing a version of the walk to the south. An October photo-walk in the picturesque Mississippi Delta...

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The Three Best Cameras I Ever Used

I shoot a lot of cameras. A lot. I have been through a bunch of (primary) systems over the years, from the full Nikon system (2006) to the Leica system (2013) and onto the Sony system (2017) to name a few. While shooting these complete systems I also shoot a lot of others on the side (non-primary: think Hasselblad 500c, Plaubel-Makina 670, Chamonix 45n2, etc.). I love to buy/borrow various cameras, give em a spin, then decide if they stay or go. I'd guess I have tried an average of six "side" cameras a year for the past 10+ years. I purchase a couple of these each year, and only a few ever stick around more than a couple years.

I'd say over the years that there are three primary formats that I tend to gravitate to: 35mm film, medium format film, and 35mm digital. So, I began thinking, what are the best (most enjoyable all around) cameras I have used in each format? This is my analysis.

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Republic of Vermont

Nestled on the western edge of the Green Mountain National Forest is the serene town of Goshen, Vermont. Situated high up on Cape Lookoff Mountain is home of Republic of Vermont, a certified organic farm specializing in maple syrup and honey. Raised in New England, I had always been curious about these sugar shacks as they sent a pillar of steam into the sky from their vented roofs, but surprisingly, never got to experience one. (Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States.) This winter, I was invited by Ethan to spend a day at the farm with him and Annina to document and learn more about the maple syrup process. No way I was passing this one up - especially so close to the "sugar moon" - the Native American name for the first full moon of spring.

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Format Reflections

I was scrolling through my library last night, looking at images I have captured with various film stocks, cameras, mediums and so on. I decided to pull an image from each format I have used as ones representing my "highlight" shots from them. Maybe not the most technically sound images, or the perfect everything - but if I could show one image from that format and how I feel it should be represented, these are my results and why.

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Vermont NEWLK

This month marked the 4th bi-annual New England Walk and this adventure took us up to Woodstock and Quechee, VT to catch the New England foliage. For the first time (for many of us) the walk took on a new direction - that being a multi-day event centered around a gorgeous 1850's AirBnB Farmhouse.

The farm was immaculate and looked like an L.L. Bean ad threw up all over every room (in a good way). Of the 13 people on the walk, 7 of us stayed at the farm (well, one outside in her truck). And man, the times there were priceless and have forever more shaped the model of future walks. This was truly a new adventure for all that attended.

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Brooklyn - NYC Walk 2

Once again, I headed to New York City for the 2nd NYCWLK hosted by Johnny and Rebecca Patience. This year I opted to take a train out of Boston with fellow film nuts, Carla and Mike, to the utter annoyance of a woman trying to sleep a few rows behind us. Needless to say, we were accidentally seated on the "no talking" car, so we quickly remedied that where we could be rowdy and ourselves. The ride down with these two was completely wicked and I hope all my trips to the city from now on will go this way.

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Cape Porpoise

Having lived and traveled all over New England my entire life, I have no idea how I ever missed the sleepy fishing village of Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine.

I've been to Kennebunkport maybe 100 times in my life and somehow never followed the lazy Pier Road out to the point on Bickford Island. But this summer I had the amazing opportunity to meet my friend, Ashleigh B Coleman and her awesome family for a little impromptu photowalk. I loaded up with the Pentax 67 and a couple boxes of Portra 160 NC and FujiPro 400H.

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Sunrise with the Pentax 67

With a massive light leak still creeping in the rear door of the Plaubel Makina 670, I decided to give the Pentax 67 a good workout last week with Ashley at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. She wanted to catch the sunrise before heading off to college, so we hit the roads at 4 in the morning so we could catch the light about an hour before sun-up.

This was a good test at hand-holding low speed.  All exposed at 200 with shutter speeds between 1/30 and 1/250.

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The Pentax 67 Medium Format Camera (Review)

Originally introduced in 1969 as the Pentax 6x7, this medium format camera (the whole family through the 67ii line, actually) has worked its way into the hearts of many professional and enthusiast photographers over the years; culminating in its current cult status. Or as some would say, it's FAD status. (I'm looking at you, Matthew). I do have to agree, that in the last few months this thing is popping up all over the place on my Twitter feed.

The camera went through several upgrades over the years: the Pentax 6x7 MU in 1979 which offered mirror lock-up, the Pentax 67 in 1989 and finally the Pentax 67ii in 1998. This body was something on my long-watch list, though I didn't think I'd ever own one. But as my eyes began to have a little trouble with the rangefinder patch on the Plaubel Makina 670, I decided this might be a good time to give something else a try.

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