Recently I did a photowalk along the Lincoln Park beach in West Seattle. I took 2 cameras with me, a medium format Mamiya 645 Pro and my Leica R9 with the Vario-Elmar 35-70/F4. In both cameras I’d loaded Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film.

Part of the fun was using such different cameras and anticipating the results. For instance as I was shooting the sunset and into the sun the images from the Mamiya had a lot more flare than I’d expected. The photos were ok but it’s something I’ll definitely keep in mind the next time I bring it out.

The Leica R9 with the Motor-Winder is a big camera by 35mm standards but still one of my favorite cameras to shoot. Despite the “lumpy” nature of its design I find it fits in my admittedly larger hands really well. Focusing is easy and the exposure system consistently gives good results even with finicky slide film like Ektachrome.

While I won’t carry 2 cameras all the time, I will do it again as a way of comparing images from two formats on a common film stock.

Published by Steve Banfield

Kentucky born, Seattle based. Entrepreneur. Team Builder. Photographer.

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