Cinestill 800T At The Ventura County Fair – Shot with a Bronica ETR and 150mm Lens

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39 thoughts on “Cinestill 800T At The Ventura County Fair – Shot with a Bronica ETR and 150mm Lens

  1. I used to have a Bronica ETR-C system years ago as a "substitute Hasselblad." Long story short, I didn't have many opportunities to "do 6X4.5," so it left a bit before Zenza Bronica disappeared. I did try 120 Ektachrome 64 to photograph large orchid scoiety displays, though they preferred prints from Kodacolor/Vericolor. These days I'm a digital camera user, and my "large format" is Nikon DX's nearly-half-frame sensor. BTW, I had a 50mm/75mm/150mm set of Bronica lenses; 50mm was so-so, while the 75mm and 150mm were stellar performers. It's enough to make me dig out Ye Olde Rolleicord V and hunt down rolls of 120 film…

  2. I have no experience with a format camera (loading, holding, using, processing – anything). Logic would dictate that the final prints would be more detailed than a 35mm, but in real life application, does the versatility of the 35mm make up for the smaller negative size (in your opinion).

    It seems like the ergonomics of the Bronica are really good, but again, I have no experience with one.

    I liked that you had to shoot with the longer lens – it forces you to change your perspective with composition. I thought the long exposure of the swing ride was extremely dramatic. Good shots all around. I kept looking at the row of photo booths thinking how "custom-made" it was for a fisheye shot.

    Cheers, guys, love the videos.

  3. when I first got my RB67 the 90mm arrived busted during shipping. So I went out in a pinch and was only able to find a 180mm for it which I used exclusively for months. Sometimes it was frustrating but it was ultimately a fun challenge to try and find shots within that 'limitation'. Sounds like you guys were in the same boat.

  4. After researching medium format cameras, I opted for the Bronica ETRSi for the price/performance factor. The ETRSi has that mirror up function which could be useful for these tripod shots. I got the camera, two backs, and two lenses for 250$, it would have been awfully hard to get that with any other medium format brand. I ended up picking the waist level finder for another 50$ later and I feel like I might never go back to using a prism finder unless I'm handholding the camera. Makes you realize why so many pros in the past used square format cameras and why the RB67 had a rotating back.

  5. I bought the Bronica etrsi and think that it's a great camera. Not too heavy to lug around and fun to use. I managed to get hold of a Mamiya RZ67 recently and I really love that. I added the waist level viewfinder to mine (it came with the AE prism) and I now understand why people rave on about the big bright viewfinder. With the WLF it is just amazing. It's not too heavy either.

    For your etr I'd recommend looking around for the PE range of lenses. They are the most modern and have the best coatings and performance of the ETR series lenses. The story goes that when Bronica introduced the GS 6×7 system with PG lenses they updated their 645 lenses to PE and their 6×6 lenses to PS. Apparently the jump in quality was so good that Hasselblad had to update their lenses also.

  6. Just found your chanel your videos are sick! You guys should shoot this camera more! I have a mamiya 645 and i shoot a lot of black and white but the photos from this veideo came out sick i might have to try out some color film! Keep it up!

  7. I highly recommend the Mamiya 645. It is also a modular system, lovely to handle and it never let me down. I was considering the RB67, but MAN that thing is a beast to lug around. The 645 is also no lightweight, but in terms of weight the 6×7 is not for me. At least not for the out of doors. BTW, I found that the prism finder is actually one of the heaviest parts of the camera. A WLF is a lot lighter. And since I carry a light meter anyway, I leave the prism at home most of the time.

  8. Cool concept…………shooting Cinestill at a fair at night.

    Gotta love the vast open spaces of the American west. Here, in the northeast, the population density is about like I'd imagine China is. Shooting a medium format camera at a fair here, and you'd have had 25 people bump into you and another 50, standing around EXACTLY where you wanted to shoot from.

  9. I have shot some rolls of Cinestill 800 at 400 ISO on an overcast day. – on a Mamiya 6. They turned out pastel – colored and I loved them. I have a Bronica too and will try shooting as you did, later in the day, at 800. Your shots are lovely.

  10. The fair photos with the green cast are mostly neon lit. Colot film sees neon as green because neon does not have a continuous color spectrum. So it looks white or pink to the eye, and green to the film. Same for color film generally and not a special feature of Cinestill 800. "Back in the day", people knew this stuff and used a magenta filter to correct for the problem a little bit.

  11. I have one of these with the 150, 40, and the 75mm lens. I still have it today and do not have the heart to get rid of it because when you get it dialed in right, the picture quality is top notch. Keep going with it, I am sure you will like it the more you use it!

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