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Old 11-19-2009   #1
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1 camera, 1 lens, 1 film, 1 developer

a thought exercise:

suppose you had to limit your photo gear choice to just one of each of these for the rest of your days. what format would you go with? the mobility of 35mm, the quality of 120, or the ultimate in control with LF? would you go with B+W, colour film, or digital? mechanical or full-featured electronic? would you choose the flexibility of a zoom lens over the quality of a prime, and what focal length? What gear represents the essence of your personal photography?
(assume no difficulty with film availability/processing in your lifetime.)

my choice is my rugged, mechanical, rolleiflex with 75mmf3.5 planar. it is beautifully designed and quality built. while this is not the camera that i take the most pictures with, it would be the last camera i give up. for me, it is small and portable enough, like a 35mm camera, but offers outstanding MF image quality. its wide normal lens is a versatile focal length.

this choice is also affected by my gear-headedness. it's not all about the final image for me. i also enjoy the process and getting involved in the process of manipulating a quality manual camera. i am not an artist, i am a hobbyist. the pure artists among us should probably not choose to participate because for them, this is an irrelevant exercise and they couldn't care less about what gear is used to create their art.

this choice puts me in the film camp, and i'd choose b+w hp5 with ilfosol-s as a fast, versatile/forgiving, no fuss combo. with 400 speed film i can shoot indoors without flash, and there is enough real estate in a 6x6 neg to give high quality enlargements with 400 speed film.

how about you? i want you to really commit to your decision, so the rule is: you may not mention several different choices, just one of each. the more other favourites that you mention, the more watered down and wishy-washy your post becomes. what gear choice is the essence of you personal photography. (not your professional photography, if that applies.)
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Old 11-19-2009   #2
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I did this exercise last year, just for the heck of it and only for three months. I was using a black Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50mm/1.8, Rollei Retro 400 and Rodinal. One reason for it was that before I was not at all capable of using a 50mm lens. I had to have 35mm or wider. So I was sort of forcing myself to use 50mm against my will. Now I can use 50mm without grievances so I guess it paid off for me.
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Old 11-19-2009   #3
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That's what dose it per moi: MP+CRON 35mm Tri-X Rodinal. That's all I need and all I use...
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mablo, i would never consider actually doing this. for me this could only ever be a thought experiment.
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Old 11-19-2009   #5
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I would choose my konica hexar silver, with fuji neopan [email protected] and homebrew developer based on ascorbic acid. Lately, I'm just not that interested in shooting anywhere outside.
The hexar is perfect for low light indoor shots, and I like the manual exposure/spotmeter mode. It is portable, people friendly, and unobtrusive. And last but not least, it has a killer 35mm f/2.0 lens.
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Right now.. and therefore.. for the rest of my days... Rolleiflex T, Tri-X 400 and Xtol... hands down

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Old 11-19-2009   #7
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defenitely 35mm for me:

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Old 11-19-2009   #8
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Also only as a thought experiment:

Bronica RF645 & 45mm f/4
Tri-X
HC-110

Definitely MF over 35mm, and this package is still fairly compact, but has some room for cropping if required.

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Old 11-19-2009   #9
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M6, Summicron 35, APX-100, HC-110

(and I don't even have a Summicron!)
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Old 11-19-2009   #10
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I don't have the Lux, but that would be my 1,1,1,1 kit.
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Old 11-19-2009   #11
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I know this is breaking the rule, but....

1) Assuming I live long enough, it's a given that my eyesight will deteriorate over the years, and it is possible that my eyesight may deteriorate to the point where it precludes the use of a manual focus body.

Given the above, I would choose a Nikon F80 and a 50/1.4 AF(s) lens, using Tri-X (or equivalent, such as the Arista Premium 400) and XTOL.


2) Assuming my eyesight stays as it is today, then my body/lens of choice is the ZI and ZM 50mm/1.5 Sonnar.

Hope that's not too watered down or wishy washy...
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Old 11-19-2009   #12
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If I had to make this decision this is what I would use:

Yashica Mat 124g w/Yashinon 80mm 3.5
Neopan 400
Rodinal
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Old 11-19-2009   #13
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Old 11-19-2009   #14
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Old 11-19-2009   #15
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But I still like color...and other developers. This really seems like a bad idea.

One camera / one lens I can live with. One film and one developer make this utterly impossible.
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Old 11-19-2009   #16
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Leica M2

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Old 11-19-2009   #17
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Bessa R3M (though i'd go with a Leica M7 if I could afford one)
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I've been doing this for about 2 months now
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Old 11-19-2009   #18
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Old 11-19-2009   #19
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Old 11-19-2009   #20
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Old 11-19-2009   #21
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Body, film and developer are easy for me: M6, Tri-X, Xtol. Where it becomes difficult is choosing the lens: 35mm or 50mm Summilux. Since I can only choose one, today I would take the 35.
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Old 11-19-2009   #22
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I gave an answer for B&W earlier now here's one for color...

Nikon FE
Tamron 28-70mm 3.5
Velvia 50 (the original stuff)
E-6 (or whatever they used...)

Took a ton of shots with this combo...
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Bessa R2A
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Uhmm.. but I think it's too strict of a limitation. I like film cameras just because you can change film (digital cameras have just one sensor and you can't change it)

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Old 11-19-2009   #24
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B&W - Bronica RF645 delta 400 DDX - what I'm doing now for B&W

Colour - Canon 5D and 50 1.4

Don't ask me to choose just one I like wishy washy
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I'd go 135 film:>

MP; 50/1,4 Summilux ASPH; Tri-X; Rodinal 50:1


Tough to choose between formats, focal lengths and developers...
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Old 11-19-2009   #27
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OM-3Ti, Zuiko 55/1.2, Tri-x and Rodinal 1:100. Camera and lens are a tough choice, film and developer isn't at all.
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Old 11-19-2009   #31
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why do we do this to ourselves...?
I'm in a Fit of Laughter Joe.....
sanity...insanity

I suppose I'll join in...
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oh God I can't decide between
35 or 50 pre asph lux
and since I like EXTREMES 1600 /100
neopan OR acros
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Not hypothetical or an exercise necessarily. A lot of photographers work his way.
The best ones anyway.

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Not hypothetical or an exercise necessarily. A lot of photographers work his way.
The best ones anyway.

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Some of us are having a problem choosing between colors and B&W. I don't. To me, if I have to see only B&W photographs from now on, I'd be ok.

Film that is

I'll always have one digital camera with me.
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M7 [58], 35 Lux pre-asph, 400 Fuji ProH.

While I love my Mamiya 6, the Leica would be the last camera standing. Unobtrusive and fast.
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Old 11-20-2009   #37
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Old 11-20-2009   #39
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Nikon F2, 50mm/f1.4 lens.
TMax 400 in Xtol 1:1

Being practical I would choose the above set up as the most versatile that I own. Not my most used camera or film however.

IMO:
Most versatile format: 35mm
Most versatile focal length: 50mm (or 35mm)
Most versatile camera type: SLR (in 35mm cameras)
One of the best 35mm SLRs for durability: Nikon F2
Great all around film: TMax 400
Best developer to get the most out of a film in a variety of situations: XTol

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- Leica M (a metered body would be nice)
- 1.4/35 Summilux-ASPH or another good 35
- Tri-X
- XTOL, because you can use it for normal development or push processing to 1250/1600asa
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