As detailed recently, I was thinking of just shooting one camera, lens, and film for the whole of 2015. After some thought I decided against it, as this seemed a bit too limiting for me. But I still wanted to change something and shoot less randomly, and hopefully more often, too. To that end I decided to use specific cameras for specific purposes.
1. The Coronet Commander for the small shops series
The Coronet Commander is a cheap plastic camera from the 1950. It uses 120 film, but has quite a small mask and just shoots 24x36mm frames. But the great thing is that the mask can be cut away, and you can then shoot just 12 frames of an odd size and with definitive vignetting. I started doing a series on small shops with this camera when I lived in France, inspired by the great book from Nigel Rumsey. I will try to carry this camera with me to work and continue shooting the small shops here in Munich. To keep the results relatively consistent I'll stick to Fomapan 100 as the only film.
2. The Minolta Dynax 5 for the family shots
The Minolta Dynax 5 is a recent addition to my camera collection. It was one of the, if not the, last film SLR from Minolta. Today it's really cheap, but still takes virtually all Minolta/Sony lenses and has virtually all the functions you may need. The 50mm f/2.8 lens for it isn't it that great shape (it has quite a lot of fungus), but then I got it for free from Indofunk Satish. I will eventually get a faster 50mm for it, but for now it will have to do (and I will try to take it apart and clean out the fungus). This camera, together with the cheap Rollei RPX 400, will be my family camera. I have two small kids (1 and 4 years old) and such an autofocus camera is really handy with the small ones as they rarely sit still.
3. The Bronica ETRSi for the cemetery
The Bronica ETRSi is the last camera in my setup for 2015. I got it for a great price from Amanda Raney and I have recently added a AEIII metered prism to the kit, to allow me to use the camera in aperture priority mode. It's a great camera, but at more than 2kg for the whole setup, it's a bit too heavy to carry around daily. Inspired by the great shots from Susan Clement, I will try shooting with it at the Ostfriedhof (eastern cemetery) in Munich. It is close to my office so I pass by it very often and if all goes well I will have a great set of images by the end of the year. Again, to keep it consistent I will just one film. In this case Ilford HP5+.
4. Some more stuff?
So is this it for 2015? Probably not, as the Travelwide it's quite dead, yet and will hopefully arrive this year. It will go very well with the New55 sheet film that will probably arrive at around the same time. :P And then, who knows? Even though I'll try to stick to those three cameras, I will certainly take out my other cameras, and maybe invest in a good point and shoot (Yashica T5, etc.) for the times when even the Dynax 5 is too big to carry around.